The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Holiday

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Jun 16 2016 / 17:39 PM

Whether you're trying to book a hotel, make a reservation for dinner, or translate something correctly - these apps will have you living like a local in no time at all...

The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Holiday
Terry Richardson


Finding a chic place to eat (especially in a new country) can often times be an arduous process. Whether you're looking for something fancy or a unique hole-in-the-wall, you want to make sure you're going to go somewhere that's worth the trip. Posto keeps track of your favourite dining experiences, dishes and drinks and helps you share them with those in your network. With the app, you can easily track down and share delectable eats and drinks that are recommended by the best of the best – your friends.


While getting lost in translation seems like a romantic way to spend a holiday, sometimes a reliable translator is essential to get by. Aside from the basics (translating text, websites, and voice-to-voice conversations), iTranslate has improved the translator experience with new features including a new offline mode, which comes especially handy in foreign countries where WiFi isn't always within reach. Need to order cacio e pepe in a 10-seat mom-and-pop establishment in Florence, barter pricing in the outdoor market in Marrakech or ask for directions in Jerusalem? Crisis averted.


Safety first. When adventuring, it's important to make sure you're on the right path, no matter what country or terrain you're exploring. RedZone is the first-ever navigation app that can give you the 411 on the not-so-safe areas and keep you comfortable and confident you're headed in the right directions on a leisurely hike. Leave your compass at home and ditch the one that comes with your smartphone, this is the app that helps you explore with peace of mind.


If you're one to enjoy the outdoors – be it backpacking, hiking, kayaking or the like – The Outbound will be your new favourite travel buddy. This easy-to-use app has curated and created a ton of amazing outdoor adventures and activities to choose from. Options to create and save experiences and ideas allow you to create your own bucket list of travel must-dos. 


No need to search for flight deals on a zillion different websites anymore. Hitlist will find you the best deals on flights based around flexible dates. Make your honeymoon, business trip or upcoming vacation planning process easier and budget-friendly by securing the best airfare prices to your dream destinations. Or, use the deals to dictate your destination – search the app for the best deals and book your next trip based on cost efficiency.


Make your travel to-do list that much easier with Spot. This extensive and helpful app provides recommendations (all made by experts and friends) from dining, to nightlife, transportation and hotel options. Here's a fun idea: go on the app separately from your travel buddies or fiancé and create your own dream list. Once you book flights, share your wishlist with each other before you embark to customise a trip that caters to everyones preferences. Don't sweat the planning process either, Spot allows you to share and make lists effortlessly.


"Babe, will you send me that photo? Can you Airdrop it to me?" If you're on a selfie-taking binge on top of a mountain with barely any service, most likely sending ALL of your recent pics aren't possible. And, if  you happen to not have an iPhone, good luck EVER seeing those photos. Givme, a simple and straightforward photo sharing app, allows you to share unlimited photos privately with whomever you choose (as long as they have the app) within seconds – no matter what brand of phone you're carrying. If you're on a honeymoon, a buddymoon or a business trip, this app is perfect for sharing unlimited photos with unlimited groups of friends.   


As you upload your favourite photos to Instagram and Facebook from your honeymoon or a recent girls trip, consider this: what if you could also have all of your photos in an actual album that you could hold on to forever? Albums, if you recall, are the place we put photos before smartphones. While they're not for every occasion, there's nothing like a smart surprise gift idea for your wife, husband or best friend after your travels to earn you brownie points. Sync your Instagram, Facebook or your favourite photos from your camera roll and choose your top picks. Chatbooks then automatically creates a gorgeous photo book for you, ready to be opened by the time you get back from your travels. #Genius. 


If you follow Kat Tanita on Instagram or on her popular fashion blog, With Love from Katyou've likely been following along with her finds and photographs of the chicest places to eat, stay, and shop all over the world. Her travel app brings all of her recommendations and favourite things to life and places them at your fingertips. Kat is consistently curating and creating personal reviews of her favourite spots and using them to continue improving and elevating her recommendations and user experience.


In case you decide to extend your honeymoon or add a long weekend to a business trip, Hotel Tonight will help you find hotels (with amazing deals) – and fast. Booking hotels, which can often be your worst nightmare, just became the least of your worries.

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