Essential Travel Apps Every Traveller Needs

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23 March 2021

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Essential Travel Apps Every Traveller Needs

Travel is great but at times we all need a helping hand – whether it be for finding flights, packing or simply getting around once we’ve arrived at our destination. Listed below are ten of our favourite, and essential, travel apps that we hope will ensure your next vacation is stress-free!

Screenshot of the Hopper app for iPhone

Hopper is available on iOS and Android

Finding and Booking Flights

Sometimes booking a flight is as stressful as the journey itself. Help, however, is at hand with Hopper – which helps you to find the cheapest flights possible and can really save you some cash if your dates aren’t yet set in stone. Once you enter your home city and your destination, Hopper shows you a calendar of the coming year with colour-coded dates to reflect historical price averages. Days in green are the cheapest, followed by orange and coral. Red indicates the most expensive dates to fly (usually weekends). The app also has a “Watch This Trip” feature which will send you an alert if the price changes and the app can also tell you if the price is the same with or without layovers. The most useful feature, however, is the price predictor, which explains if and when the price will rise and by approximately how much, allowing you to make an informed decision about whether or not to book or wait.

Screenshot of the TripIt app for iPhone

TripIt is available for free on macOS, iOS and Android. TripIt Pro is available for £38.99

Organising your Vacation


So, you’ve booked your flights, the car-rental and the accommodation but with all those confirmation emails and reservations your otherwise organised life is becoming more and more cluttered. Well, fear no longer – TripIt declutters your itineraries and documents by keeping them organised and in one place. You can set your reservations to be automatically sent to TripIt, which will let you view travel confirmations, flight itineraries, tickets, hotel and Airbnb booking info, rental car reservations, ferry tickets and driving directions without ever leaving the app.


TripIt also makes it simple to share your trip plans with whoever is picking you up from the airport or train station, or anyone else who may need to coordinate with you or know what your travel plans are. While the app is available for free on iOS and Android, a paid subscription of £38.99 will give you access to TripIt Pro, which includes extras such as real-time flight alerts, security wait times, baggage claim info and updates on your loyalty reward programs.


If your employer uses Concur, you may be eligible for a free TripIt Pro subscription.



TripIt is available for free on macOS, iOS and Android. TripIt Pro is available for £38.99

Screenshot of the Packpoint app for iPhone

PackPoint is available for iOS and Android

Pack Your Bags!


You’ve got the suitcase out of the loft, but you’re hesitating on what to bring. PackPoint comes to the rescue and takes all the stress out of packing. The app shows you what to bring based on the length of your trip, the weather at your destination and any activities you’re planning along the way. If you’ll have access to laundry facilities in your destination, PackPoint even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times. Just download and install the app, type in the city you’re visiting and plug in your travel details. So, stop waiting until the day before your trip — or the hours before you have to leave for the airport — and start packing now!

Screenshot of the App in the Air app for iPhone

App in the Air is available on iOS and Android

Up, up and Away


Not exactly slick by name, though certainly slick by nature, App in the Air is a smart, straightforward, flight tracking app that has the best coverage of airlines and airports. It will keep you updated about flight status – even if you don’t have internet coverage – and helps you manage your time at the airport, breaking down each flight into four stages; check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time. It also integrates with Tripit (above) allowing you to import all your flights.

XE Currency is available on iOS and Android

Getting Around


You’ve made it! You’ve arrived at your destination, but you’re not aware of the exchange rate and how much everything costs. Though foreign currencies may be confusing, they don’t have to be. XE Currency quickly provides live, up-to-date currency rates, and then allows you to store and view them even if you’re offline. You’ll never have to wonder again if you’re really getting a good deal in another country!

Screenshot of TheFork app for iPhone

TheFork is available on iOS and Android

TheFork is one of the most useful resources for making restaurant reservations in Europe and enables you to browse different restaurants by category and make reservations. TheFork is now available in over 4,000 cities in Europe – including the Three Valleys – and seems to be expanding rapidly. The biggest perk is that many restaurant reservations come with discounts — in some cases, you can get up to 50% off your meal just by reserving a table through TheFork. And since we here at Chalet Floralie are always down for earning rewards, make sure to monitor your YUMS — TheFork’s reward system. You’ll earn between 50 and 300 YUMS per reservation and when you hit 1,000, you get a discount on your bill.

Screenshot of the Google Translate app for iPhone

Google Translate is available on iOS and Android

Sometimes, ordering at a restaurant is tricky – especially if you don’t know the language or worse, the waiter doesn’t speak English. Fear not – the tried, tested and simple to use Google Translate app allows you to do it all. With the ability to translate into 103 languages by typing, you can even store up to 60 languages for those times when you are unsure whether you’ll have connectivity. The app also uses Artificial Intelligence to allow you to use your camera phone to translate menus or signs.

Screenshot of the GlobeTips app for iPhone

GlobeTips is only available on iOS. For an additional £4.99, adverts are removed and you can access the “Tipping Guide” for more than 200 countries worldwide.

If you’re unsure as to how much to tip when traveling internationally, GlobeTips will advise you how to tip appropriately in more than 200 countries, and also offers a tip calculator to make those tricky sums easier to add up!

Screenshot of the OpenSnow app for iPhone

OpenSnow is available on iOS and Android

On the Slopes


OpenSnow was created by a group of powder-obsessed weather forecasters who, according to the co-founder and CEO Joel Grate, wanted to create a better forecast for themselves and their friends. The app tracks and creates snow forecasts across mountains for skiers and snowboarders looking for the perfect powder. Although OpenSnow is free to use, an “all access” premium subscription of around £30 for a single user or £40 for a group includes ad-free, longer-range forecasts and alerts for particularly powdery days.

Screenshot of the Slopes app for iPhone

At the time of writing, Slopes is only available for iOS – although the developer says that an Android version is in the works

Tracking your winter adventures has never been so easy or so fun. Slopes will automatically track every lift and run you take with accurate speed and distances – all just by leaving your phone in your pocket. The app logs trail maps and other resort information, giving average statistics for other Slopes users at the resort, and will even provide you with real-time snow conditions. The app just released a new, social functionality as well which allows users to see dedicated leaderboards and tag friends on trips. A must-have for any skier or snowboarder.

Screenshot of the What3Words app for iPhone

What3Words is available on iOS and Android

Staying Safe


Though we sincerely hope you will never need to use this app, we think it is a good idea to have it on your phone, just for peace of mind. What3Words has given every three-square metres on earth a unique combination of three words.For example, what would otherwise be written as 45.330194, 6.534786, instead can be identified as /// deems.furry.dressy.


A top tip is to open the Settings within the app and add French as a secondary language, so if you ever find yourself off-piste and lost, or injured and unable to move, you can simply open the app, find your location, and then call the European International Emergency Number (112) and give the operator your three words for help.

Chalet Floralie is not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the products mentioned on this page, nor any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. Apple, iOS and Android as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of their respective owners.


The images featured in this blog were created by Ski Floralie Limited