Money saving travel apps

Clever Apps are making travel more accessible and affordable, but with so many on the market, which ones are worth downloading?

Travelling with your mobile phone, especially overseas can mean a whopping great phone bill on your return. One way to save money on data plans is to consider a browser specially designed for travel. Opera Mini mobile browser can be downloaded to your mobile phone or tablet before you head off on a trip. This can help you save substantially on data charges, by offering faster download speeds and compressed web pages.

Why not download these eight top travel apps to help with your travel planning and keep your costs down? These apps are available on either Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

1. Reduce roaming
Cost: Free
The Opera Mini mobile browser makes your web browsing a lot faster—especially on a slow network—because it shrinks webpages, so your phone processes as little as 10 per cent of what you see on your screen. This translates into cost savings, especially while roaming internationally, and less processing means battery savings.

2. Get packing
Cost: $0.99
Check out the Packing (+To Do!) app, which lets you create, edit and share packing lists, as well as providing sample lists, if you don’t want to start from scratch.

3. Scope out sleeping arrangements
Cost: Free
Room 77 finds the lowest rates on more than 130,000 hotels worldwide. A nice feature is that it also gets the inside scoop on hotels, which helps get you into a better room.

4. Design a custom itinerary
Cost: Free lets you create your own travel guide for sights, restaurants, bars and hotels in hundreds of cities worldwide, based on expert suggestions, as well as recommendations from your friends. allows you to access your guides and entire city maps offline with a quick download—so you don’t have to spend a cent on international roaming charges when you access them offline later.

5. Take the high road
Cost: Free
If you’re driving, Trapster alerts you to speed traps, red light and speed cameras, accidents and other roadway hazards. This is truly useful when you are driving in uncharted territory.

6. Check out this view
Cost: $0.99
WhatsApp is a useful app for international travellers to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as domestic travellers who don’t have unlimited texting plans. This messaging app lets you message others on WhatsApp as much as you want, plus include photos, audio notes and videos within your conversations. You need to be on a Wi-Fi or 3G/EDGE connection to send and receive messages.

7. Where’s the Wi-Fi?
Cost: Free
Skype Wi-Fi gets you online with more than one million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, using Skype credit. Rates are very reasonable, and you only pay for the number of minutes you actually spend online—instead of signing up for hourly slots with other, more expensive Wi-Fi services. The service has hotspots at major locations such as airports, train stations, bars, restaurants and hotels.

8. Wish you were here
Cost: Free
Update the tradition of sending postcards with a little modern technology. SnapShop Postcard turns photos from your phone into physical postcards and mails them to your friends and family for about $1.80

If you’re planning your next trip why not find out more about how Opera Mini mobile browser could make everything go smoother? Visit

Written by Debbie McTaggart