The best backpacker apps in 2017

Smartphones have revolutionised the way we travel, be it a long trip to India, a short city break in Manchester, or backpacking around the globe. From bookings your accommodations to some handy language tools, we have compiled the ultimate list of must-have travel apps for anyone travelling in 2017. Oh! And before we forget, all these apps are 100% free and 100% available for both Android and iOS.

Iphone [Iphone] [Android]: Trusted by over 65 million travellers worldwide, is a great offline map to install before you embark on your adventures. You can download map data for a country or region and use it when your device is offline. You can pin places you want to remember or places you want to go. You can enjoy getting lost in any city and will put you back on track.

Citymapper [Iphone] [Android]: Citymapper is a state-of-the-art travel app when it comes to finding the best travel companion. Available in a growing number of cities around the world, including London, Hong Kong, and Chicago, this app is definitively worth trying when it's available. Whether you’re travelling by subway, bus, rail, ferry, bike, car-share, or Uber, Citymapper has got your covered. Did you know you can even vote for your city to be the next one to join the Citymapper family?

Uber [Iphone] [Android]: Uber is not always the most popular — especially among taxi drivers or feminists — but you can’t argue that they haven’t changed the way we use transportation. Available in more than 500 cities all around the world, Uber offers an affordable, solid, and easy alternative to other means of transport. Uber can also be used as a bargaining tool. You can compare the price and negotiate with the local transportation.

Rome2Rio [Iphone] [Android]: Rome2Rio will list all travel options to travel from A to B — plane, bus, train, car, or ferry— and the cost of fares. The elegantly designed app is a must have planning tool when travelling in unfamiliar territory.



Duolingo [Iphone] [Android]: Duolingo is one of the world's most popular and fun ways to learn a new language or brush up on your Spanish. Duolingo's team has recently added Japanese to their supported languages. Did you know that there are 24,8026 ways to say ‘I love you’ in Japanese?

Google Translate [Iphone] [Android]: The Google Translate app can translate more than 100 different languages in real-time either through the text you write, words you speak, or even images you capture. The photo-translating feature is remarkable and is something you have to try to believe. Just point your phone camera at a sign and watch it being translated in front of your eyes. It’s mind-blowing! That little genius linguist can even work offline if you download one of the 52 language packages available.


WhatsApp [Iphone] [Android]: WhatsApp is a great app to stay in touch with your family and friends anytime and anywhere, assuming you have Wi-Fi or a data connection. Did you know that more than a billion users use it? So what are you waiting for? Install it!

Skype [Iphone] [Android]: Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. We have a love-hate relationship with that app. We have to use it because many of our family and friends are on it, but since it was bought for $8.5 Billion by Microsoft, it can get very buggy.

Rebtel [Iphone] [Android]: Make cheap calls abroad to any mobile or landline using the highest quality and real phone lines at the lowest prices. Yes, you can make top-quality calls without the need for a Wi-Fi connection or any data.



Booking [Iphone] [Android]: Booking is famous for finding the most affordable hotels.

Airbnb [Iphone] [Android]: Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their spaces — bedrooms, apartments, clock towers, railway carriages, or even islands — with people who are looking for a more authentic experience.

Hostelworld [Iphone] [Android]: Hostels put you right in the heart of the action where you will meet people from all over the world and create extraordinary adventures together.


Skyscanner [Iphone] [Android]: While there are loads of flight comparison tools, Skyscanner is definitively leading the way.

Momondo [Iphone] [Android]: Like Skyscanner, Momondo is also an independent flight search engine to compare prices on airline tickets. The app is a delight to use — it's colourful and user-friendly.

Hopper [Iphone] [Android]: Hopper predicts the future price of flights and tells you not only when to fly but also when to buy.


TripAdvisor [Iphone] [Android]: TripAdvisor is a necessary guide for every traveller. You can quickly peruse more than 350 million reviews, opinions, and photos pertaining to just about anything related to your trip — bars, restaurants, hotels, and more. TripAdvisor allows you to make spur-of-the-moment decisions without being disappointed. We never walk into a restaurant without checking its rating first.



Trail Wallet [Iphone]: Trail Wallet is one of the best travel-centric expense tracking apps, built by backpackers for backpackers. Sorry, Android lovers; this one is only for iPhone.

XE Currency [Iphone] [Android]: Pounds, Indian Rupees, Hong Kong dollars… Dealing with multiple currencies can be confusing, and you can easily get ripped off when you are away. While it's not the prettiest app, XE Currency is the go-to app to calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates so you will know if you are getting a good deal. By the way, the app can also be used offline, so it's really a no-brainer.


Pocket [Iphone] [Android] : Pocket is your place to quickly save, discover, and recommend stories that interest you.

Time Out [Iphone] [Android]: This event finder is a particularly handy tool when you visit a new town; you are guaranteed to find the most popular things to do like incredible theatre shows, remarkable exhibitions, or hottest gigs which are happenings just next to you.


The best backpacker apps in 2017
The best backpacker apps in 2017