Travelling is stressful at the best of times. From losing bags on the flight over to, God forbid, meeting someone you know at your hotel, holidays are rarely the idyllic bliss Mr Thomas Cook will have you believe. So, to save you from holiday hell, let’s go around the world in eighty apps, well six, to make your holiday as stress-free as possible.
This app collects information on wait times from over 50 airports from around the world, thanks to the generosity of disgruntled passengers who also want to know how much longer they are going to be stuck in the never-ending queue. This app will help you navigate security with ease and make sure you don’t have that mad rush where your flight leaves in an hour and your stuck in security.
This is a free app that, by mapping out your sleep schedule according to your body’s circadian rhythms, no, me neither, prevents jet lag. Entrain relies on your reported light data to recommend the best sleeping and waking hours for you in your new time zone. This helps your biological rhythms kick back into gear, minimizing your jetlag.
WithLocals helps you to connect with actual local people who offer the intrepid explorer authentic experiences and tours including wine tasting and scenic tours around the back allies of a number of cities around the world. This service is a must for anyone looking to experience the true heartbeat of any city.
Gopili is a multi-modal travel search engine, presenting data on domestic and international travel, including rail, bus, car-shares and planes. Not only will it make it easier to plan your route to those places that are difficult to get to, but also do it for a fraction of the price.
This is a social eating platform that connects travellers and local hosts who provide authentic food experiences in their homes. This ranges from dinners to cooking classes to food tours, offering you the chance to experience some proper authentic local cuisine which will soon have you cooking with all the grace of Gino D’Acampo or Raymond Blanc.
CityStasher allows you to store your bag in a variety of locations. The app will alert you to nearby shops, hotels and train stations that are happy to take your bag. You then just leave your luggage when you arrive at the destination. Prices start at £4 per bag for under three hours, and £6 for up to 24 hours and all luggage is insured for up to £750 leaving you free and unencumbered to make the most of those last few hours.