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The best free travel apps to download in 2014

Here it is folks, the top 12 free travel apps to download this year.

App 1: XE Currency Converter

Why it’s a must: Whether you are travelling across multiple countries or going on a quick overseas holiday this app allows you to instantly access live currency exchange rates. XE Currency Converter is highly recommended for every traveller as it allows you to calculate your expenses on the go.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Firefox OS.

XE Converter App

App 2: Wifi Finder

Why it’s a must: If you want to keep updated on what the internet has to offer without using your data downloads, use this handy app to find a free connection. Wifi Finder even compares wifi strength from locations near you, like cafes or libraries.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhones, tablets and Android.

Wi-Fi-Finder

App 3: Roadtrippers

Why it’s a must: If you are thinking of travelling in the US, this is the perfect app to have with you on the road. With a very easy to use map interface you can select attractions, history, shopping, food or nature hikes and places pop up on the map for you to check out. Meet up with and chat to other roadtrippers as you go and see where the road (or app) takes you. It is, however, exclusive to the US.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

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App 4: Flying

Why it’s a must: This app raises the bar on your must have flight-tracking apps to keep you updated on your flights and check in times. Compete against your friends and family with your flight points, receive stamps when you achieve flight milestones and share it all on social media.
Availability: This app is exclusive to iPhones.

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App 5: SkyScanner

Why it’s a must: This well established app is an essential tool in your travel kit that compares flight times and prices, to any destination, across every airline. It covers thousands of airlines around the world and with 20 million downloads and counting, it’s clearly ticking plenty of boxes.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

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App 6: Evernote Food

Why it’s a must: This app is a new online space for foodies to upload and share their photos, recipes and restaurants with other foodies. Evernote allows you to record and discover delicious foods while travelling in one tasty, tantalising app.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

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App 7: Duolingo

Why it’s a must: If you are travelling overseas, why not pick up some of the local lingo? Learn Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian with this very easy to use and enjoyable app.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

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App 8: Viber

Why it’s a must: Viber is an alternative to using your phone’s credit and instead uses your internet connection to send messages, make calls, take photos or send video messages. It’s the new way to chat for free on your phone, plus it’s great for getting in touch with your friends and family who have Viber at home.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

Viber

App 9: Pack the Bag

Why it’s a must: Instead of writing 10 paper checklists for what to pack when you travel, this app lets you swiftly create manageable checklists. Choose from 26 categories and select items that you want to take overseas. You can even set reminders to make sure you pack everything on time and for your return journey.
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

Pack the Bag

App 10: TravelSmart

Why it’s a must: If you encounter an emergency overseas, it’s a good idea to have an app that gives you access to local hospitals, emergency numbers and information about foreign medicine and health advice. Perhaps not the most exciting app here, but it could save your life. It’s also sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance. Availability: This app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android.

Travelsmart app

App 11: Desti

Why it’s a must: If you travel with your iPad, this app is for you. Desti, similar to Apple’s Siri, compares accommodation, attractions, activities and dining – all on one colourful interface. It’s like having your own personal travel assistant that answers your questions, no matter where you are in the world.
Availability: This app is exclusive to the iPad.

Desti App

App 12: ImageIt

Why it’s a must: This app is very similar to Pictionary in that you draw and select images of what you are trying to say. This app could make a great game with your overseas friends or be useful in countries where you aren’t overly familiar with the language. Think of it as charades abroad!
Availability: It can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad and Android.

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* Apps for iPhones and iPads are available from the Apple iTunes App Store. Android apps can be downloaded from the Google PlayStore.

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