The Gear • April 2015
Just because an app is new, doesn’t mean it’s any good – which is why technology writer Derek Adams has been downloading, scanning and swiping his way through the latest offerings to test them out. Here he picks the ones that really do help make travel easier
If you’re a casual tourist seeking an amazing attraction, try this inspirational app. Trover (iOS and Android, free) introduces a smorgasbord of travel tips from seasoned travellers, along with a collage of images taken within a few miles of your location. More instantaneously gratifying than any text-heavy travel guide.
A useful tool for those in charge of a group, SafeTravels (iOS, free) features travel document storage, a currency converter, a planner that provides every conceivable means of transport to a destination and a tip calculator. It also allows you to input personal medical data. This can be shared with others in the group so that emergency medical staff can access your details quickly.
Forecast apps don’t come more beautiful than this. MeteoEarth (iOS, £3.99) provides weather forecasts using stunning animations. Select wind speed, for instance, and it launches into a mesmerising, screensaver-like animation of multi-coloured fronds. It also displays temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, cyclones and hurricanes, and provides a five-day forecast animation of your area’s weather.
If your travel plans and important information are spread between your computer and various apps, Evernote (iOS and Android, free) can collate it all into a one-stop package. Use it with its desktop software and sync everything between the app and your PC or Mac. Everything is then accessible on all your devices.
Want to keep those Trip Advisor searches, restaurant opening times and activity info in one place? Pocket (iOS and Android, free) allows you to save details for later, tucked away in your pocket. First, download the app and the extension for your desktop browser. Then, whenever you come across a website relating to your holiday, on either a mobile device or home computer, click the Pocket logo and the website is saved for later perusal.
Worried about finding taxis abroad? Uber (iOS and Android, free) promises a bespoke and efficient taxi service and is available in 54 countries. Simply scan your bank or credit card using the camera on your desktop computer, laptop or mobile device, type in the expiry date and security number on the back and that’s it. When you need a cab, whip out your phone, order a cab and hop in.
You can now manage all your travel plans on the move with the British Airways app. Download it today to book and view your flights, download your mobile boarding pass, get gate notifications and track your Avios and Tier Points