8 useful travel apps you’ll need for your next vacation

Here’s a selection of travel apps (besides Google Maps and XE Currency) digital-savvy travellers should download on their smartphones, if they haven’t already done so

1. WorldMate (free)
1. WorldMate (free)
21 Jan 2016

1. WorldMate (free)

Forward all travel details — like flight info and hotel reservation — to the app, which will organise them into a personalised itinerary. Imagine having a travel assistant… in your pocket.

2. LiveTrekker (free)
2. LiveTrekker (free)
21 Jan 2016

2. LiveTrekker (free)

Think of this app as a digital journal that keeps a record of where you’ve been on a trip. The app monitors your journey from points A to B on the map, and you can add pictures, video, audio and text along the way. It’s a fun way to reminisce about your adventures.

3. Expensify (free)
3. Expensify (free)
21 Jan 2016

3. Expensify (free)

Keep travel expenses neatly arranged (especially on business trips) with this app which tracks expenses manually by photo-logging receipts and purchase info from credit cards. Travellers can also use the Smart Scan feature to take pictures of their receipts, which allows the app to automatically create expense reports.

4. PackPoint (free)
4. PackPoint (free)
21 Jan 2016

4. PackPoint (free)

With this app, you’ll know what essential items to bring along to wherever you’re visiting, for business or pleasure. Remember: you’re going on a trip, not moving house. 

5. MFA@SG (free)
5. MFA@SG (free)
21 Jan 2016

5. MFA@SG (free)

In this day and age, it isn’t enough to just keep your family informed of your travel itinerary, but also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so that they can help you in the event of — knock on wood — emergencies like natural calamities and civil unrest. You can also get travel warning notices and embassy contacts. Handy as long as you don’t lose your phone. D’oh!

6. Wolfram Sun Exposure ($1.28)
6. Wolfram Sun Exposure ($1.28)
21 Jan 2016

6. Wolfram Sun Exposure ($1.28)

Heading out to the beach? Then you’ll need this app which offers UV forecasts for your location and suggests how much time you should spend in the sun based on your skin type and sunscreen strength. 

7. Splittr (free)
7. Splittr (free)
21 Jan 2016

7. Splittr (free)

Another expense-tracking app best suited when you have to split — hence the name — costs with companions. With it, you’ll know who paid what, and who tried to get away without paying. No freeloaders!

8. Duolingo (free)
8. Duolingo (free)
21 Jan 2016

8. Duolingo (free)

Unless you have your own C-3PO — who’s fluent in over six million languages ­— these apps help you with basic words and phrases to get the lay of the (foreign) land. 

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