Looking for some great travel apps? Here are seven to consider for iPhone and Android

Looking for some great travel apps? Here are seven to consider for iPhone and Android

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Tripomatic - Australia & New Zealand Trip Planner

Tripomatic is the easiest way to formulate your own travel itinerary as you're cruising around Australia and New Zealand - you can plan a trip in minutes. Check out all the attractions, explore sights with opening hours, photos, contact info, maps and much more.


Here's an Aussie-made app revolutionising the way we score a taxi and it's "catching on", if you'll pardon the pun, in other parts of the world outside Australia including Singapore and Croatia. The app identifies where taxis are on the goCatch map - and finds your own location using GPS - then allows passengers and taxi drivers to connect directly using their smartphones. Passengers can rate drivers, too, so there's a credibility element lending the system some respectability. The app has real-time analytics and is spot on predicting taxi pick up times so is handy if you have a scheduled flight or you're stuck on foreign soil late at night and wanting to get back to your hotel.

Flight Radar24 Pro

In another great example of how we're all connected in ways previously unimaginable, the Flight Radar24 app allows you to follow the path of international flights to the centimetre on augmented reality maps with seamless zoom functionality, details on departure gates, delays and cancellations. You can even point the phone to the sky and identify planes flying overhead. Even better, at any given time you'll know where a friend or loved one is located in the air.

Petrol Now - Locate Fuel Stations Australia wide

For all things fuel, this is a beauty for finding all seven petrol brands including 7-Eleven, BP, Woolworths Caltex, Coles Express Shell, Mobil and United. In a nutshell it displays service stations nearby on a map, tap and drag to find more options immediately near your area, distances to and from the servos, tap the station number to call them if you have any questions and much more.


Is there a more convenient way to book accommodation as scoring insights from fellow travellers?  One of the best and most established travel review services in cyberspace, whatever you're looking for the chances are you will track it down on Tripadvisor.


Here's a trailblaiser taking accommodation down a different path and making it a breeze to rent anything in a very down-to-earth "connected" way with others, from a room, a bungalow or a whole house to a boat or even a castle when searching overseas. Everyday people host fellow travellers and give them an insight into what it’s actually like to a live in a particular place. Travellers and hosts also provide reviews, so you can see what other experiences travellers have had.


Looking to bag the best deal on a flight? Skyscanner searches millions of routes from over 1000 airlines to find the cheapest on offer and links you directly to the airline or travel agent, promising no hidden charges or extra fees. Windows phone owners can keep track of the prices by creating a Live Tile that will give hourly updates on flight prices for selected routes. Includes the chart view to see prices over a week or a month and the everywhere search feature for those who need inspiration to be inspired about where to go.


Scott Podmore

Scott Podmore

Award-winning writer, editor, photographer, videographer and owner of October Grey Media. Specialising in travel and lifestyle content and a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Has contributed regular content for the NewsCorp stable of newspapers and magazines, TravelTalk mag, The Departure Lounge and many more publications in Australia and internationally. Follow on Twitter & instragram #scottpodmore

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