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Apps that can change the way you travel

There are now hundreds of travel-related apps and many are becoming as valuable as a passport when it comes to travelling the world and enjoying all that your destination has to offer.

Plenty of ideas are currently in development –- think pool-side drink ordering, apps optimised for slow networks abroad, watching your home Netflix account in your hotel room –- but here’s twelve great apps that you can download right now. So we reached out to the travel experts at TravelStart and came up with these 12 leading apps that are ideal for a holiday experience. 

Book a flight within a few taps! 

Let’s begin with Travelstart’s very own flight booking tool, Flapp! They launched this helpful travel app back in 2015. Flapp lets you search for and compare all domestic and international flights, as well as travel products; and offers you the convenience of booking and paying for them within minutes and getting confirmation via email. Get all this done within Flapp! In addition, Travelstart’s app gives you the option to hire cars, arrange transfers, and manage your bookings with Travelstart (check-in, changing a booking, etc.). Flapp even ensures you’re among the first to learn about specials and promotions! Your next holiday in Rome can be booked with just a few taps! Flapp is available for free for Android or iOS devices!

Get around with no stress!

Save yourself from getting to know the conditions of traffic in destinations like Cape Town and Johannesburg. Book a taxi with Uber and Taxify! These are two of the leading apps for booking a ride-sharing taxi. Both apps let you pay for the ride through your app, while the Uber app allows you to split the cost with the other passengers when sharing! Get Uber  for free for your Android and iOS device, while Taxify is also free on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store!

Find all the attractions on your phone!

You’ll definitely need a map if you’re exploring Paris for the first time. Spare yourself the hassle of huge printed maps with apps like Google Maps and HERE WeGo! Both apps give you the convenience of interactive maps with navigation functions! Low on data? Relax, when you’re near a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can download all the maps you need. These apps additionally give you live traffic updates and take traffic information into account when giving you the quickest route. You can get Google Maps  for free for your Android and iOS devices, while HERE WeGo is available for free on Android devices.

Is it a family holiday? 

If it’s a holiday for the family, you already know you’ll need to keep the young ones occupied. Especially if you’re enjoying a long drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and enjoying the views. Look up these apps that will have their full attention! 2-year old kids can play The Very Hungry Caterpillar – First Words, which teaches the little ones new words and lets them enjoy beautiful, colourful images. You can buy this app for R 38.94 on the Apple App StorePeg + Cat’s Tree Problem lets 3-year-old children play and learn math and solve puzzles. Get this problem-solving game for R 38.88 for Android and R 38.94 for iOS. Kids that are 5-7 can make their own racing hovercrafts with Hovercraft – Build Fly Retry, which is free on the Google Play and the App Store. 8- and 9-year-old children can go exploring a digital world with Minecraft – Pocket Edition, which you can buy for R 89.06 for Android devices and R 109.99 for iOS devices.

Need a translator? 

You don’t want to be checking a dictionary every time you hear or read a sentence that makes no sense to you. Two leading apps that will help you are Google Translate and iTranslate. About as good as a live translator, these apps translate text, voice and even text messages! Google Translate boasts other amazing features, like translating text in pictures (a welcome convenience for the many signs you’ll see in Beijing) and translating text in any app. iTranslate makes life easier, by letting you use the app side by side with other apps. Download languages over Wi-Fi if you encounter them on a regular basis for offline translation. Google Translate is free on Google Play and the App Store, while iTranslate is also available for free on Android and iOS devices.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.