10 of the best apps for independent travellers

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2018? These free smartphone apps mean you can carry insider travel tips for hundreds of destinations in your pocket


Want an adventure and dont care where? Luckytrip is the smarter version of showing up at the airport and buying the first flight you can afford. Just set a budget and let the app plan the perfect trip: it will figure out somewhere to go, a place to stay and something to do, with handpicked activities in more than 300 cities.
Free, iOS, luckytrip.co.uk


With trip.com users can request foodie, active or luxury trips. Photograph: Gustav Willeit

Formerly known as Gogobot, Trip.com is a travel research app for exploring things to do and places to stay including special events in more than 60,000 destinations, with traveller reviews as a further guide. By allowing users to describe their travel preferences and personality such as foodie or luxury it claims to be able to gear recommendations to personal travel tastes, saving hours of research time.
Free, iOS and Android,


Find offbeat corners of Los Angeles with Localeur. Photograph: Gary Williams, Jr

This widely praised travel app focuses on tips from people who know the destination best. It uses a community of local tastemakers, from artists to entrepreneurs, who share their tips for everything from clubs to coffee shops. It also has recommendations for boutique hotels, and suggested itineraries. The app has tips for cities around the world, but is particularly strong in the US, where it covers 50 major cities.
Free, iOS and Android,

Cool Cousin

Cool Cousin will connect you with a resident in your destination city

Another app that focuses on the trusted recommendations of locals is Cool Cousin, in use in 16 cities worldwide. As well as connectingusers with a city resident, and providing a map and guidebook based on their tips, it has a facility for messaging the local directly for personalised advice.
Free, iOS,


Take a peak … a Matterhorn shot by 500px user Thomas Fliegner

For some rewarding armchair travelling, and a break from all the yoga poses and shots of coffee from above on Instagram, 500px is worth a look. The app is geared towards serious photographers, and with a community of more than 11 million its easy to get lost in the sea of stunning imagery. As well as being a showcase for stunning images from around the world, it allows users to share their own travel snaps and get feedback and reactions to help improvetheir photography skills.
Free, iOS and Android,

National Trust/English Heritage Days Out

Stately progress … the National Trust app could take you to Tyntesfield in north Somerset

Two apps to inspire days out in the UK. Both allow users to scan through hundreds of heritage locations and natural wonders, searching for whatever is nearest or to discover special events. The apps also hold all the visitor information for planning an excursion.
Free, iOS and Android,
english-heritage.org.uk and nationaltrust.org.uk

Time Out

Make the most of Tokyo with Time Outs app. Photograph: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

From Accra to Tokyo, the brand synonymous with city breaks around the world makes it easy to explore virtually, with lists of the best places to eat, drink and shop, and events to discover. It is as much a tool for inspiring a trip as it is for helping you get the most out of it once you arrive.
Free, iOS and Android,


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/dec/26/10-best-free-apps-independent-travellers-holiday-smartphones