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Travel apps for your gap year

Smartphone apps have revolutionised the way people live, but for travellers they can provide a vital lifeline in any part of the world. There are over 500,000 apps available to download – The Gap Year Travel Guide have selected some of the best ones for your big adventure.

Free WiFi

This is the ultimate cost-saving app for travellers. Data roaming should always beturne d off when you are abroad; otherwise you will incur expensive charges. Free WiFi quickly finds the closest free WiFi hotspot by searching through a pre-downloaded list of locations.

Price: free | Download

Lonely Planet Phrasebook

Don’t know the local lingo in your travel destination? The Lonely Planet Phrasebook, available in a variety of languages, is easy to navigate and features both phonetically written and spoken versions of the phrases in question.

Price: free | Download


TripIt is the perfect planner for the whole of your travels. TripIt takes all your travel details, such as flight times and connections and creates one itinerary that’s there when and where you need it.

Price: free | Download

Travel Vaccination Guide

200 countries and recommends the vaccinations you need for each destination.

Price: 69p | Download

Hostel Hero

Find and book over 19,000 backpacker hostels and budget hotels worldwide with no booking fees. Hostel Hero includes photos, ratings, reviews, maps and property descriptions in up to 11 languages.

Price: free | Download


Instagram is a fast and fun way to share your gap year adventures with friends through pictures. Snap a photo, choose a filter to transform the look and then send it to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. Easy as that!

Price: free | Download


This app provides the latest exchange rate information for over 100 currencies and countries. Ideal for calculating how much all your souvenirs will cost.

Price: free | Download


Need to track that next connecting flight of your gap year adventure? Then FlightTrack is for you. The app features zoomable maps, real-time departure info, delays and gate numbers at the click of a button.

Price: £2.99 | Download


Packing gives you a checklist of all the items you may need when you finally embark on your journey.

Price: 69p | Download

Word Lens

Word Lens is the ultimate saviour for all the language barriers while on your gap year. You photograph an image and then Word Lens instantly translates the printed words from one language to another.

Price: free (but you have to purchase language pack worth £6.99) | Download

World Atlas by National Geographic

Browse the world with National Geographic’s new and improved World Atlas. With an internet connection, you can choose your level of zoom – whether it’s whole continent maps, or much more detailed, local maps.

Price: £1.49 | Download

World Heritage

This application is great for information and pictures of all the designated World Heritage sites.

Price: free | Download

Which travel apps do you recommend? Let us know in the comments.

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