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6 of our favourite holiday apps

By Ruth Walker 05/05/2015

6 of our favourite holiday apps

Get to know your holiday destination with apps that make you feel less like a tourist and more like a local.

Certain apps can help you really get to know your holiday destination while you’re there, so you feel less like a tourist and more like a local. Here are just some of our favourites.

According to a survey by the travel association ABTA, ‘living like a local’ while on holiday is a top trend for this year. So if you’re setting off on a break, these apps can enhance your experience.

1 Where to lay your head? has an app that allows you to choose ‘a home from home’ in over 190 different countries. While you can rent whole houses or apartments, there’s also the option of sharing with hosts – a perfect way of making friends with someone who can give you the lowdown on the best places to eat, beaches to visit and general hidden gems of the area.

2 How to make new friends?

Downloading the app will tell you about events going on in a particular area. And even if you can’t make the ‘meetup’, the organisers are often friendly, proactive sorts who you can email to ask for insider tips on the area.

3 Where to break a sweat?

If you enjoy exercise, lace up your trainers and download the app. It has a database of running routes that are downloaded by locals, designed for various levels of fitness and is a great way of exploring an area. You never know - it also be a good way to meet other resident joggers.

4 Where to dine out?

The app shares reviews on businesses in the local area, so if you’re searching for the best tapas in town, or the place to find a decent Mojito, then this app will come in very handy.

5 How to get around?

If public transport is not your thing and you fancy having a set of wheels of your own, the app is perfect for you. It allows you to rent a car directly from someone in your local area, rather than a car rental company, complete with full insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance if you need it.

6 How to earn a living?

And if you’re not ready to go home at the end of your trip, there are apps for voluntary work exchanges – such as – which offers you work with local people, often in exchange for board, meals and activities, so you can really get to know a place.

For more of an insight into how to live like a local, head to the latest edition of Money Matters.

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