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There's a lot to consider when embarking on a trip, from making your first booking to when exploring your chosen destination. Decisions need to be made, unfamiliar roads need to be navigated, tickets need to be secured. You might expect language snafus if you're traveling to more far-flung locales too.

Fortunately, whatever your concern, there's an app for that, and we've rounded up five of the best for the sophisticated traveller. Whether you're after offline resources that won't burn through your data, or hunting for exclusive deals and experiences, these apps should have you covered.


While some aspects of trip planning might be fun, browsing through dozens of flight and hotel booking websites to snag the best deal is always a bit of a slog. Why not give Hopper a shot instead? The award-winning app employs data science that purports to predict price changes at 95% accuracy up to a year in advance. Here's how it works: browse through flight itineraries or hotel rooms for the travel destination of your choice, ‘watch’ options that you're interested in, then get notified by the app as soon as the price drops and book directly from the app. The cherry on top? Hopper is clean and beautifully designed, completely devoid of ads and pop-ups.


Google Maps is all well and good, but say you’re travelling somewhere without access to Google, or simply want to save on data costs. MAPS.ME offers free offline maps with similar functionality. On top of GPS, bookmarks and navigation for walking, cycling and driving, it also provides detailed directions to sightseeing spots, hiking trails and other points of interest. The maps are kept up to date by millions of OpenStreetMap users every day. A paid subscription option is available if you'd like to do away with ads.

Porter & Sail

Styled as a luxe hotel booking platform and digital lifestyle concierge, Porter & Sail’s hand-picked stable features some of the best hotels across the globe. Once you've booked your room, you'll be able to check in and out through the app, unlock your room door with a swipe of your phone, message a 24-hour concierge chat, access exclusive upgrades and even secure reservations at happening restaurants. What’s more, the app makes it easy to explore your destination with insider destination guides that are location-sensitive.


Award-winning visual translation app Waygo is essential for travel in countries that use Japanese, Korean or Simplified or Traditional Chinese. Simply point your phone camera at a menu, street sign or other piece of text, and the app instantly delivers audio pronunciation along with an English translation. Some translations even provide food photos where relevant. Since the app works completely offline, you won't have to rely on a data connection either.


Once your flight and accommodation is all sorted, next comes the best bit: your travel itinerary. With Klook, you can peruse an array of carefully curated experiences and activities around the world, read through user reviews to make an informed decision, then book your ticket at discounted prices through the app. Activities range from sumptuous spa treatments and top tourist attractions to more obscure locales off the beaten path. You can arrange airport transfers through Klook too.