7 Best Travel AppsLoad an app or two on to your mobile phone and discover new attractions and destinations as you travel. These apps make a great addition to a walking or cycling holiday.
Field Trip Free Android and iOS Google Play and Apple store Using your phone’s location services, the apps tell you what there is to see and do nearby. So, you can discover local restaurants, shops, historic sites and even special deals. If you are exploring by car, set the app to “speaking” mode for a hands-free experience.
Stray Boots Free Android and iOS Google Play and Apple store This app combines the typical content of a city tour, including historical information and themed itineraries, with a treasure-style hunt that asks you to find things, solve riddles, take crazy photos, and answer trivia questions. It’s a great app for families and children that want to tour a place in a fun way. You can also set up challenges to earn points and compete against each other.
Cities Talking Free to download, then from £4.99 per tour Android and iOS Google Play and Apple store Cities Talking offers 21 audio guides, mostly in Europe but also including New York and Washington in America. Simply download, pay for a tour (around £4.99), press play and start walking. Cleverly, the historical info begins automatically as you approach each site because the app knows where you are thanks to your phone’s GPS. The content is downloadable so you do not need a wi-fi connection for it to work.
Museums Mobile Free Windows Phone This is like a pocket-sized database of thousands of the world’s biggest museums. Using your phone’s GPS, the app guides you to museums in your current area and then offers details about collections and exhibitions.
Google Goggles Free iPhone and Android Find out about a building while walking a city or new destination by simply pointing your phone at it. This app will then return relevant Wikipedia articles about the building.
Heritage App 79p iOS iTunes store There are more than 1900 heritage locations mapped on this app across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. You can add reviews after your visits to help others decide if the property is for them.
Time Out city guides Free Android and iOS Google Play and iTunes There are editions for more than 20 of the world’s biggest cities, with comprehensive insights into the best restaurants, bars, shows and exhibitions.
- This is an updated version of a post originally published in June 2015