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Have a better holiday with these 7 handy travel apps

In the grand scheme of things, travelling is a happy affair whether for work or play. After all, to be able to fly out of your comfort zone and explore different places, cultures, and food is a privilege of the first world person. Yet, underlining this privilege is the dread that comes before, during, and after the travelling period. What if we told you that your life could be made infinitely easier when you download several handy travel apps?

You know how it gets. First, there’s the hassle of packing — is there a possibility of you changing your outfit thrice a day? Do you need to pack an extra pair of heels just in case you’ll go to a swanky restaurant? Should you also include that item of clothing that you haven’t worn in the past three years just because, well, you never know? Then, there’s also the weather to take into account. Before you know it, you’ve packed more than 50kg worth of clothes for a four-day trip. Let that hassle be a thing of the past with PackPoint, a travel app that advices you on what to pack based on your itinerary and weather conditions in that destination.

During your travels, naturally you will need several handy travel apps to help plan and optimise your itinerary, the best food recommendations directly from chefs, places to chill at when your feet fail you, and how to commute efficiently in your destination.

And if your flight gets cancelled? We have an app for that too. Read on for our list of seven handy travel apps.

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Flights get cancelled for a variety of reasons: bad weather, a broken plane, workers staging a protest, and more. Bad things happen, but that doesn’t mean that you have to bear the brunt of it. With AirHelp, you can ensure that you get all the compensation you deserve.

Download: iOS | Android

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If your travel destination covers the U.S., Canada, and London and you’re also a foodie, this is the app for you. Here, you’ll find the best recommendation of dishes in your selected destinations that have been picked by chefs themselves — so you know it’s going to be legitimate.

Download: iOS | Android

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Getting car rental is not always viable and taxis may be exorbitant, so the next best way to commute during your travels will be the local public transportation. It may get complicated, which is why CityMapper will be able to sort you out. More than just telling you which bus or train to get on, it also compares real-time options and takes into account traffic delays to recommend the best mode of transportation for you to take.

Download: iOS | Android

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Google Trips

The best thing about Google Trips is that it also integrates your Gmail flights, hotel and dining reservations, and other events to create a custom itinerary for your trip. Google Trips will also suggest must-visit locations, and you can easily add that to your itinerary while the app helps you map out your route.

Download: iOS | Android

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Will you be having an extra long transit? Then download LoungeBuddy, which will help show you the best lounges with daytime passes to give yourself some rest and relaxation before your next flight. Whether you want to catch some shut eye, work comfortably, or get the kids sorted out, you’ll find it on LoungeBuddy.

Download: iOS

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Opera VPN

When travelling and using public wifi with an insecure network, data protection is always at stake. With Opera VPN, it’ll help secure your data and identity so you can surf and update your social media with ease. After all, you don’t want your identity to be stolen when you’re supposedly having a good time.

Download: iOS | Android

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Packing is nearly everybody’s least favourite part about travelling, and the tendency to over-pack or even under-pack is a very real problem. With PackPoint, it’ll help you optimise your packing issues by taking into account your destination, its weather, and also activities in your itinerary. From there, it’ll advise you on what you should pack, which will make it a much easier process.

Download: iOS | Android

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.
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