It’s 2018, and if we’re looking for a fast and effective way to get something done, we have a special millennial saying that almost always applies. It goes, “there’s an app for that.”

Uber and Grab take us out, Google Maps leads the way, Airbnb gives us a home, and SkyScanner gets us the best deals on our flights. Travel apps are very much a thing, and with the rise of digital media and sharing economies, they’re drastically changing not just the ways in which we travel but how we travel, too.

We’ve put together a list of a few less mainstream travel apps (because if you’re savvy like us, you probably already live on all of the above) to colour your home screen as specialty travel essentials. From pulling out your suitcase and deciding what to pack to finally falling asleep on your soft hotel bed, these travel apps have got you covered within just a few swipes. Prepare your bookmarks – if you’re an avid globetrotter, you’ll need these.

Featured Image credit: LoungeBuddy; Hero Image credit: UnSplash/Ferdinand Stöhr

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Before the flight: PackPoint

Remember that scene in Home Alone where the mother sits on the plane knowing she forgot something at home, but can’t quite figure out what? Whilst forgetting to bring your son on your Christmas vacation isn’t quite so relatable, most people will be familiar with the sinking feeling of forgetting to pack their beach towel/phone charger/lucky underwear when they go on holiday. Enter PackPoint: a checklist app that creates a weather-specific packing list tailored to your needs. Simply enter your destination, date of travel, length of stay, whether you plan on doing laundry, and the activities you plan to do, and PackPoint will create the perfect packing plan.

Free on Appstore and Google Play, and THB 99 for the Premium Package.

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On the way to the airport: FlightStats

For all those times we’re sitting in a traffic jam wondering whether we’ll make it on time, FlightStats provides real-time flight status information and airport tracking. All you have to do is enter your flight number, airport, or route, and the app will give insights to your flight timeline, status, and essential information like delay indexes, gates, or weather. Airplane aficionados will love the little animated airplanes that move across the globe on the charming flight tracker section, and frequent fliers will appreciate that you can also share your flight details screen with others.

Free on Appstore and Google Play.

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At the airport: LoungeBuddy

There’s nothing more relaxing than having a drink in a First Class lounge away from the hustle and bustle of airport crowds. After entering your credit card details, airline status, and lounge memberships, LoungeBuddy will notify you which lounges you can access at over 500 airports around the globe. Search by amenities or reviews, and whilst airline memberships will get you entry to more, the app also lists free lounges or ones that you may purchase a day pass for, allowing you to kill time before your flight in style.

Free on AppStore and Google Play.

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At your destination: Dayuse

You know that feeling when you still have a few hours of down time before or in between flights, and you’re just looking to get some work done or get some gym time or simply nap a little? Dayuse may be your saviour. The app allows you to book a hotel room for just a few hours, at just a fraction of the average nightly rate. With over 4000 properties to choose from in over 100 cities, it’s a handy way to make use of that extra in-between-places time and take advantage of some great hotel amenities. Perhaps also a fab excuse for checking out a hotel without actually having to spend a full night.

Free on Appstore and Google Play.

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And before you crash: TimeShifter

Jet lag is history. Or at least, that’s the motto TimeShifter will have us believe. The app (which is used by everyone from astronauts to CEOs) aims to take a personalised approach in combatting jet lag by analysing your sleep pattern, chronotype, flight plan, and personal preferences. It then sends you notifications (even pre-travel, if you like) for when you should sleep, seek bright light, or even avoid caffeine. The app can also be adjusted for business, sport or vacation mode. A must-download for frequent fliers and business travellers, and anyone who just can’t count sheep anymore at 4am in their hotel bed.

Free on Appstore and Google Play, with an extra charge for further customizable in-app purchases.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.