It’s in the human nature to want to see something new. We all have that bit of wanderlust flowing in our veins, automatically placing travel at the very tip of most people’s bucket lists. Whether it’s trekking in the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas, or relaxing on the sun-soaked shores of the Maldives, our very desires are shaped by the enchantment of a foreign land. Having said that, we all do need a little help at times, even if we’re seasoned travellers. Coming in the form of travel apps, technology has devised ways and means to make planning that trip a tad easier. From flight checkers to wifi detectors, here are the 5 essential apps you’ve got to install on your smartphone before gallivanting on another exciting escapade.

Goru

Goru
A new app created by telecommunication giants, Starhub, Goru promises to be your one stop measure when it comes to dealing with the problems of traveling. Although currently unavailable in respective app stores, sign up and stand a chance to win dream tickets to Seoul, Paris or New York. All you’ve got to do is enter your email address and an automatic 5 points will be allocated to you. 5 points will be awarded to your account for every friend that signs up. Those who spread the word the most will win the grand prize of plane tickets!

Coming to app stores on 22nd January!

Kayak

Kayak

Thoroughly extensive, Kayak is an effective way of finding the cheapest flights, hotels and car rentals. This resourceful app ensures you get serious value for money by comparing and incorporating hundreds of travel sites like TripAdvisor and Orbitz on your smartphone. Other valuable aspects of Kayak include tracking flight statuses, accessing airport information and managing your travel schedule. Such a multi-faceted app can only come in handy when exploring the different nations of the earth.

Available on iPhone (free), iPad (free), Android (free), BlackBerry (free)