Time have released their top 50 apps of the year, so we have compiled a list of the best travel apps that you should download.

Available on iPhone and Android, these apps are perfect for your next holiday, from finding the best airfare to staying in touch with loved ones at home.


WhatsApp has been helping us stay connected for the last seven years and has become one of the most successful and widely used communication tools on the market.

WhatsApp app

Owned by Facebook, WhatsApp runs off Wi-Fi, and proves a cheaper alternative to SMS for messaging cross-countries. Research firm SimilarWeb conducted a survey in April 2016 which found that WhatsApp was the app of choice for messaging in 55% of the world.

Users can send photos, messages, videos or audio clips to anyone at home with ease. So if you are heading on any singles holidays this year then you can update family and friends about how your trip is going whilst you are away.

Day One

Available on iPhone for $4.99, Day One is an app to replace the hand-written journal you keep on each holiday.

Day One is a journaling app that allows you to record your thoughts and a photo every day, automatically backing your entries up into the cloud so they are saved forever.

Day One journal app

Google Trips

A few months ago we wrote about Google’s new app, Google trips and how it was perfect for the solo traveller and now, it has made its way into Time’s best apps of the year.

Also available on iPhone and Android, the free app scans your Gmail inbox to compile information on flights and hotels, before creating a custom itinerary based on your personal preferences from things you have liked, saved or frequently viewed on Google services.

Google Trips for travellers

Trips is the product of two years of effort from Google to make an impact on the travel market, by improving their own products.

Offering plans for over 200 cities around the world, the simple travel guides can be downloaded for offline use, saving you from data charges.


There are plenty of options when it comes to finding the best route to your destination, but Waze leaves Google Maps and Apple Maps in its wake.

Purchased by Google in 2013 for $1.3billion, the app collates traffic jam data including construction and issues for delays and displays them to drivers in a given area.

Waze will also give you little money, minute and mileage saving shortcuts.

Waze app

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