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Best travel apps: Make travelling a joy

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Airbnb
– Free
– iOS, Android

Airbnb has become a household name but it wasn’t all that long ago that it suddenly revolutionized the way people booked their accommodations on vacation. It used to be that, if you were going away, you pretty much stayed at a hotel –or a hostel.  Then Airbnb came along and, all of a sudden, you could stay in a beautiful house in the center of a city or a little cottage out in the beautiful countryside. The app makes booking your accommodations simple, and also has guides for local inspiration and a section for booking experiences.

Booking.com
– Free
– iOS, Android


Booking.com is one of the world’s most well known hotel booking websites. The Booking.com smartphone app builds on its already successful model, allowing you to search for the best booking deals on over 1 million hotels and homes all across the world. If you’re still trying to figure out where you want to book, there are over 107 million user reviews to help you decide. Additionally, once you have completed your booking, you will receive an instant confirmation of your booking, complete with paperless check-in and offline maps of the surrounding area.

Cleartrip
– Free
– iOS, Android

Cleartrip is useful for booking flights, hotels and trains. Cleartrip was originally founded in India, and while its success means that it now has well over 10 million users worldwide, there are still regions it doesn’t support, so make sure to check to make sure you’re in a supported area.  Now, with the capability for securely storing card information, you can do 1-click purchases of plane tickets, meaning you can choose between deals and purchase tickets – all within 60 seconds.  Cleartrip can search for the best deals on hotel rooms in over 15,000 cities worldwide, as well.

Citymapper
– Free
– iOS, Android

Citymapper is essential if you want to be able to move around like a local while abroad. Supporting many major cities worldwide, Citymapper is a map app that you can use to plan a route using any mode of transport the city offers. It gives live updates on delays and closures, and is very intuitive to use. You can save maps offline and can access the maps for transport services like Tube maps, so if you want to navigate your own way, you can do that too.

Google Trips
– Free
– iOS, Android

Google Trips is the travel planning app from the search giant. Where Google Trips is different from the other travel planners is that you don’t actually book through Trips – this is the app you use to collate all of the information about your trip, and being Google, it provides plenty of suggestions of things to add once you’re there. The app pulls in all of your bookings for your trip from your Gmail account and brings them together, meaning if you find deals from a number of different places, rather than having to have a number of different apps, emails and print-outs all giving you piecemeal information, you have your entire itinerary in one place.  What’s more, Google has recently announced that they are introducing a feature letting you share your itinerary.

– Compiled by Ankita Das