When you’re in the UK for a working holiday, you may be travelling light but the most invaluable item that you can bring with you is your smartphone. With apps for almost every situation, your phone will be your best friend when it comes to making the most out of your trip, finding a job, staying in touch with your friends and family and planning your social life.
Here are our top picks for the most useful apps you’ll need for your travels.
If you’re moving around the UK, you can find temporary accommodation at a hostel. Cheap, cheerful and a perfect place to meet other like-minded travellers, apps like HostelWorld enable you to find and book a room at last minute while you’re on-the-go.
With over 30,000 hostels stored on their database from around the globe, finding somewhere to stay whatever your destination or your budget couldn’t be easier. Download for free on iPhone or Android.
Finding a job isn’t always easy, but you can give yourself the best possible chances by searching thousands of available positions whilst on the go. Indeed is one of the world’s biggest jobsites – if a position is available, you’re likely to find it on Indeed and by downloading the app to your smartphone, a quick application is right there at your fingertips.
Available from iTunes and the Google Play store for free.
Staying in Touch
Although a working holiday abroad is an exciting, experience of a lifetime, there’s no doubt that you’re going to miss your friends and family back home. Phone calls and texts can be expensive but WhatsApp will let you keep in touch with messages, pictures and videos for free. It’s also a great way of keeping in touch with anyone you meet along the way.
WhatsApp is free to download on iPhone, Android and Windows phone. The initial download is completely FOC but you may be charged 49p after the first year.
Finding New Friends
There are all sorts of ways of meeting new friends – you may meet them in your workplace or your hostel, but if you want to arrange meetups with like-minded people BEFORE you arrive in your next location, then Tripr is an app that will be invaluable. An online social network designed specifically for backpackers and working holidaymakers, it can help you hook up with fellow travellers in your preferred destination, so when you arrive you can be guaranteed a friendly face to meet you.
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