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Tech Tips for Better Trips: Top Travel Planning Apps for Android Globetrotters

The most enjoyable trips start with proper planning. From booking your flight, knowing when to leave, what to pack, and what to wear when you reach your destination, there are many apps for your mobile device to help you streamline your travel plans. Here’s a rundown on some of the most useful.

Weather Live

Use this app instead of thermometer to read the temperature instantly, wherever you are in the world. You can also get a 7-day forecast so you’ll know which clothes to pack for your trip. Other features include wind speed and direction, pressure and precipitation information, sunrise and sunset times, weather radar, rain maps, and other weather detail accompanied by animations and graphics.


Use Skyscanner to help you find the cheapest flights to wherever you wish to travel. Once you’ve found the flight you want, you can book it directly from the app. Not only that, you can also search for and book hotel rooms. It’s simple to use, you just pick a destination and the app will list the cheapest flights.


This app allows you to store all your travel plans from your itinerary to your car rental in one easy location, imported from your email. With TripIt you can share information with family and friends, you can also add your trip details directly to your calendar. The app is free but you have the option to make an annual subscription to TripIt Pro for a fee. With the upgrade the app will let you know of and changes to your flight, and if any better flights become available. This is a great app if you travel a lot.


LiveTrekker is a travel diary app. Document each stage of your trip with text, voice, video, pictures and maps. You can also share your journey with friends and family in real time or upload them to the cloud for later viewing. Set the app to track your movements with GPS and display your route on a satellite map. You can add pictures, video, and text to the map so you have detailed documentation of everywhere you travel.

XE Currency

When you want to know how many lira your dollar is worth, while you’re in Italy, XE Currency will tell you. This app updates its rates every minute, which ensures you will always have the most accurate exchange rates. If you don’t have the Internet available, it’s not a problem, you can use the app offline using saved data. As well as currency exchange rates, this app provides you with information about market analysis and currency trackers over time. This app is a must-have for anyone who travels overseas on a regular basis.

Using these apps your travel arrangements will always be well organized and well documented. You’ll also have accurate exchange rates so you’ll know exactly how much you’re spending. You can treasure your journeys forever.

Eloise Bailey is a globetrotter! Just back from a trip to South Africa, she shares her knowledge in her articles.