Summer is officially upon us! The days are longer, the weather is warmer and we're all catching the summer travel bug. But with airlines tightening up their baggage rules, packing has become a science of planning, folding, rolling, squishing and weighing.

What won't weigh you down this summer is the perfect range of travel tech for every trip - from road, to see, to sky. We've rounded up a few of our favourite smartphone apps for your next big adventure.

Before you go...


HotelTonight gathers information about last-minute deals at top-rate hotels, up to seven days in advance. This app provides a fresh, on-the-go approach to a largely non-mobile-friendly industry. The app boasts only needing 10 seconds to find you a great, last-minute hotel deal, sourcing hand-picked results and saving you the hassle of scrolling through endless lists of hotels.

Available on Android, iOS and Windows.


PackPoint is a smart packing app. Simply specify when and where you're travelling and the app does the rest. By combining information like weather forecasts, planned activities and trip type (ie: business or leisure), PackPoint will generate a must-have list of toiletries, clothing and other necessities. You can even check off your items as you pack them and share your progress with your travel buddies.

Available on Android and iOS.

On the road...


TripCase offers a simple platform to plan and organize your trip. The app is integrated with over 40 airlines, and provides everything from seat maps, to weather forecasts, alternative flights, to driving directions. It also keeps you up to date on flight delays, cancellations and departure gate changes. All these tools can be accessed from the app's navigation menu, providing you with instant information at your fingertips.

Available on Android and iOS.


With Roamer, users can avoid the hefty roaming fees associated with travelling, while using their local mobile number. Order SIM cards from over 40 countries and have them delivered to your home before you depart. Link your regular number to the SIM to make international calls abroad and save up to 97% on roaming rates while you do it!

Available on Android and iOS.

Honorary Mention - KnowRoaming

Another viable option is the KnowRomaning Global SIM sticker. Apply the sticker to your SIM card, and it automatically activates when you travel, saving you up to 85% on voice, text and data in over 200 countries.

Available on Android and iOS.


If you haven't heard of Uber then... well, we'll question what rock you've been living under for the past few years. Not only is it a time and money saver at home, but it can definitely be a helpful app while travelling. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers in one accessible, easy-to-use platform, Uber provides approximate costs, driver information, fastest route and your ETA, with the added bonus of automatic payment. Not to mention it's available in 57 countries around the world.

Available on Android and iOS.

Honorary Mention - Hailo

Looks like Uber has some upcoming competition with the introduction of Hailo. Boasting a safe and reliable experience, Hailo is following in Uber's successful footsteps. Although they're only up and running in 10 cities right now, they are one to be watched.

Available on Android and iOS.

While you're there...


OpenTable connects diners to more than 32,000 restaurants worldwide. Make a reservation on the fly with this easy-to-access app. OpenTable is also connected to Google Maps. Use the "search nearby" command in Google Maps to look up a restaurant, read the reviews and quickly book an OpenTable without having to jump between apps.

Available on Android and iOS.

Field Trip

Field Trip is a location-based service that compiles a wide variety of activities, restaurants, landmarks and local events into a list of recommendations. It provides local maps, hours of operation, and allows users to customize recommendations based on their interests.

Available on Android and iOS.

Bandsintown Concerts

Are you a music lover? Then Bandsintown is the app for you. Find out what performances, festivals and concerts are happening near you, book tickets and invite your social media contacts along for the fun. Not sure what to search for? The app can also search your iTunes or Spotify library to find concerts that might interest you.

Available on Android and iOS.


It's always better to be safe, rather than sorry while travelling abroad. You're secure when it comes to your documentation and insurance, so the same should go for your smartphone. Lookout is your all-in-one protection service to stay safe and secure this summer. The app scans downloads for viruses and other malware, and allows users to track and remotely wipe their device if it is lost or stolen.

Available on Android and iOS.

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