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For last-minute plans, budget travel and pre-trip organising, these apps deserve a shout-out for making life easier for all newbies, frequent and busy travellers. All apps are available on the App Store and Google Play.

Best for Organising Plans ➤ TripIt

TripIt keeps you on schedule whether it’s a business trip or leisure travel. Available on smartphones and computers, the app instantly creates a roster for your day and when you’re on the trip, the app supports you from navigation (ride options), airport maps (layout of airport and terminals), nearby places and neighbourhood safety (shows safety scores for security). Besides calendar sync, you can also easily share your plans with others through text or email. Additional features include real-time flight alerts and a currency converter.

Best for Managing Expenditure ➤ Trabee Pocket

It is much like a diary, except that it helps to keep abreast of your travelling expenses so you won’t bust your budget. The customisable categories for expenses create an orderly daily report to track spending and receipts at a glance. Trabee Pocket also has multiple currencies support for instant conversion to the currency you’re familiar with. For a detailed record, add a note and image to the spending.

Best for Optimal Travel Packing ➤ PackPoint

Now, you don’t have to list everything you need for your trip because this app automatically builds a custom packing list based on your destination, date, length of stay and types of activities. The app checks the weather forecast for the day of your visit and recommends items like jacket, umbrella, shorts or sandals to your packing list. You can “hide” checked items as you pack and add quantities to items in the packing list for efficiency.

Best for Predicting Fares ➤ Hopper

Plan your trip up to one year in advance with Hopper as this app predicts flights and hotel prices with high accuracy. The “watch” feature will send you notifications when the prices you’re following for your trip have dropped and it shows you the cheapest travel dates with price comparison over hundreds of global airlines. The price tracker can score you the best deals and save for more travels.

text by Jessy Wong



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