8 handy apps to use on your next holiday


We all love holidays, but sometimes we find ourselves in situations where a little help can go a long way. Whether it’s converting currency, finding the right words in the local language, knowing what the weather has in store, or simply keeping on top of your itinerary, having a few select apps on your phone can give you the answers you need. Here are eight travel apps that could come in handy on your next trip which are available on both iPhone and Android mobile devices.

XE Currency App

This free app will help you stick to your holiday budget and ensure you know exactly how much you’re paying for that souvenir or hotel dinner! The XE Currency app features a currency converter, live exchange rates and the ability to transfer money without fees.


You may not always have internet access when you’re travelling, so offline apps like MAP.ME can save you from getting lost in places you don’t know. This free app has been downloaded by over 90 million users. It features maps from around the world, populated with local attractions and landmarks. It designs routes for you by car, bike, foot, taxi or public transport.


Juggling itineraries can get confusing, that’s why an app like Tripit is so invaluable. Simply download the app and then send all your booking details – like hotels, flights, transfers or car hire – to their This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email. Tripit then organises everything for you, into a master itinerary. You can also sync it with your calendar and inbox and share your itinerary with others. What’s even more impressive is that this super-organiser app is completely free.

Google Translate

Stuck for words and need a hand with the local language? The free Google Translate app can help. Available for both iPhone and Android, this app can translate 103 languages by typing, including 59 languages when you’re offline. It also allows you to use your camera for instant text translations in 38 languages.


A weather app that has you covered whether you’re travelling locally or overseas. You’ll know what to wear and how to plan your day with the free AccuWeather app for Android and iPhone. Features include 15-day forecasts, real-time severe weather alerts and up-to-the-minute accurate forecasts.


If you’re holidaying overseas, cut back on costly international calls and texts by using WhatsApp. Available on Android and iPhone, with this handy app you can send messages, have group chats, make voice and video calls, and share videos and photos with other WhatsApp users. All you need is an internet connection and it’s free.


Pack smarter and keep your luggage allowance in check with PackPoint. This nifty free app (on iPhone and Android) creates a suggested packing list based on where you are going, when and for how long, what the weather will be like during your stay, and the activities you have planned for your trip. Answer a few questions and it’ll give you a list of essentials you can then customise and share with others.

Culture Trip

The Culture Trip app is the equivalent of having a local guide share the best places to dine, drink, stay and explore with you. This free app (for iPhone and Android) is full of curated guides, articles and tips compiled by local writers, filmmakers, creators and insiders. You can also save anything of interest to your wishlist and access them offline.


Have you taken out travel insurance for your trip? CCI Personal Insurance can help make sure you’re insured so you can protect yourself and minimise the costs if something should go wrong. Find out more about our travel insurance policies or get a quote today.