Essential Apps for Backpackers.

Living in the world that we do, there’s literally an app for just about anything. There’s even an app that allows you calculate how much money you’ve made by pooping at work…what a time to be alive!

Anyway, here’s a list of FREE apps that you probably have already.

Apps for Accommodation

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Need a Hostel for the night, but not sure where to go? Hostelworld provides you with a million alternatives to choose from. The app is extremely slick and easy to navigate. Great features include being able to browse the map so you can find a hostel in a suitable location, failing that, choose your hostel based on the hundreds of reliable reviews left by other travellers! Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


An alternative to Hostelworld, both are as good as each other in terms of functionality. I guess it comes down to user preference, it’s also good practice to compare prices against one another! Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


Everyone needs to try Airbnb at some point in their life. Hosts rent out their House/Apartment/ Room for a reasonable price. It’s great for networking and making contacts with locals as you’ll get local insights from the Hosts. You can view, book and rate a hosts accommodation. Upon signing up you’ll have to make a personal profile. This is so hosts know what kind of person you are and whether they think you’ll be a suitable guest. The Airbnb service is very focused on reviews/ratings to ensure you have a great experience. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


Very similar to Airbnb in the fact that it’s based around ratings of the Host and Guest. However this time it’s free! The hosts are generous enough to open up their home to a complete stranger, whether it’s a blow up bed, king sized bed or a couch. Please understand that you have to be respectful the the host and their property. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


Apps for transportation

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CityMapper allows you to easily navigate cities using public transport. CityMapper is currently only supported by 31 Cities across the world, but as the app continues to grow more cities will become available. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


Most of you will have heard of SkyScanner, this app is essentially a comparison sight for national and international flights. It also allows you to compare hotels and car hire too! Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


Other Useful Apps

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xe Currency

A simple currency app which allows you to see the current exchange rates. Extremely helpful when trying to fathom a foreign countries currency. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


Most backpackers will be working to a budget. If you need to keep track of your expenses this app is perfect for tracking your spending patterns. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.

WiFi Map

A great alternative to data roaming, this app will allow you to pick up WiFi Hotspots, other users will have shared passwords to closed networks so you’re able to surf the internet wherever you go! Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.

Where’s my droid / Find my iPhone

These are the two most popular “Find My Phone” apps on the Android and iOS platfoms. Where’s my droid allows you to track your phone, wipe your data or even take pictures. Find my iPhone has identical features, you’d be silly not to download a “Find my phone app” Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.

Google Translate

What an invention. You can take pictures for an instant translation of text, you can draw characters and also the app features two-way speech translation in 32 languages! This app should get you out of trouble in a completely foreign country. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


I’d be surprised if no one has heard of DropBox before. It’s another cloud based storage application for your important documents, photos, videos and other files. You access your account from anywhere around the world, either by PC or a mobile device. Available for Free on iOS and Android markets.


I hope you’ve found this post somewhat useful, if you have any recommendations please comment below!


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