There are few possessions as valuable to the modern traveller as their smartphone. Not only does this compact, easy to carry device offer value through a wealth of information, it can also help you save a packet on your next trip. Via a huge array of inexpensive – and often free – apps, your ultimate travel experience can be just a few taps away, and at a budget that suits you.
Whether you’re planning a weekend mini-break to Copenhagen or an epic adventure from Borneo to Burma, check out our summary of the top five money-saving apps you shouldn’t leave home without.
Kiwi.com’s unique algorithm will help you find the cheapest flights on the market. It sifts through enormous amounts of online data to quickly source you the best deal. Kiwi.com is useful for finding specific journeys or even if you’re flexible regarding your travel date or point of departure.
Their interactive map shows the prices of different travel destinations, so if you’re not decided on where to travel, use this as an inspiration board to see how far you can get within your budget! To keep you up to date on your travel plans, the app offers an option to receive automatic push notifications regarding your booking status.
Maps.Me offers completely free navigation and unlimited access to maps around the world. As it relies only on your GPS signal, you can even use the app offline, meaning there’s no need to pay expensive roaming charges or for additional data from your provider.
You can also pinpoint locations you would like to visit, curating your own free city tours before your journey starts. Just remember to download the map of your destination before you leave Wi-Fi!
If you hire a car whilst abroad, don’t forget to download GasBuddy. This helpful app allows you to find the cheapest gas station in your vicinity using either your GPS or by inputting your address. As many of the prices are user based, GasBuddy rewards contributors with points for sending in updated details on a station’s prices. And high scorers are eligible for regular raffles of prizes such as free fuel!
Offering the ultimate in budget accommodation, the Couchsurfing app allows you to search for locals who have opened their homes to guests, free of charge. Offering one of the most authentic travelling experiences by staying with people who live in your chosen destination, Couchsurfing even insist no money changes hands. However, you can always take your hosts out for dinner if you really want to show your appreciation.
GetYourGuide offers a huge range of hand-picked tours and activities at the lowest prices, meaning you shouldn’t forget to check this app to make sure you get the best deals for your travel itinerary. It’s also perfect for on-the-go inspiration and even makes it possible to book activities last minute. With many exclusive offers, GetYourGuide is the key to fun but budget-friendly, memorable travel experiences.