6 apps to download before your next overseas trip

Hannah Pownall

The Guide Editor

Hannah is our resident Editor of The Guide. Having worked across various beauty brands, as well as 7 years experience as a makeup artist, she brings a mix of journalism with real beauty knowledge.

"My top 6 apps that you should download before your next overseas trip"

Travelling abroad has come a long way since my first overseas trip to Thailand. Back then we relied on paper maps, pre-booking EVERYTHING and wrangling over the phone in broken Thai (and by broken, I mean only knowing ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’) to book a boat to the next island.

Now when we travel, we almost always take our smartphones and let them do the work for us. All designed to make our travels smoother, cheaper and easier, I have rounded up my top 6 favourite apps that you should seriously consider downloading before your next overseas trip (and some are even great to use in your hometown!).

Time Out

Probably my favourite travelling app! It’s a directory of ideas of things to do in cities around the world. The app covers everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events, in every city. The event finder is an amazing feature, meaning you’ll never struggle to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. You can also book restaurants and concert tickets through the app and create a customised travel guide for your holiday.

my UV Patch

This app is amazing for those seeking some sun during their holiday. It helps you manage your time in the sun safely, and offers the most detailed information to keep you informed. The app is designed to partner with an ultra-thin UV sensor patch that you stick on your skin. My patch then works by using UV sensitive dyes that change colour when exposed to UV radiation. The patch is then scanned by the app to determine your daily exposure to UV, while taking into account your personal details such as skin and hair colour to provide personal UV protection recommendations. You can get your patch complimeatry when you purchase any La Roche Posay Anthelios products (SPF products).

XE Currency

Looking at that new handbag in Hamburg and not sure how much it actually costs you in AUD? XE is the go-to site for currency conversions on the web, so it’s no surprise that its app is so popular: with over 20 million downloads since launch. Its main purpose is to convert every world currency. It also functions offline by saving the last updated rates, which is great if you’re in a place with limited connectivity or trying to save on data.


Not sure where to eat, or how to get that table reservation? OpenTable connects you with the best restaurants in the world so you can get last-minute access to restaurants around the world! Reserve a spot at the hottest eatery in LA or manage your reservation at that amazing breakfast place in Paris. You can discover and explore restaurants with reviews, photos and menus, as well as coordinate plans with friends by sending invitations and adding reservations to your calendar or via iMessage.


Going to a country and not sure of the language? This app is a free language learning app, and is a fun way to get the basics, or to keep yourself fresh on grammar and vocabulary, before a trip abroad. Just like a computer game, the app guides you through levels that you need to complete before advancing, and you gain experience points along the way.


Want to keep fit while holiday-ing? I hear you! This app is a run tracker and navigation aid that allows you to discover new running or walking routes, complete with voice navigation to help guide you through unfamiliar locales. You can download routes for offline use, start routes halfway or create your own within the app. Coolest of all, premium subscribers can access "guided tours" — verified routes created by local runners through safe and scenic areas, with the app announcing points of interest and other information.

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