Our must have travel and sailing apps for any avid adventurer

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There’s nothing wrong with using an old school map and compass but with a computer in most peoples pocket it would be silly to not have a bunch of apps to support any adventurer, here’s our top picks.

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Beautiful wind, tide and waves app with added messaging service to check in with the locals in advance. Accurate up to the hour and forecasted for the next 240 hours – must have!


Accuweathers has a 25 day forecast and supplies anything that windy might of missed, including humidity and Accuweathers RealFeel.

Marine Accuweather

An alternative really and designed to give sailors the information they need in quick to select regions on a map.

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Getting around

On land

Google maps (offline maps)

Before you visit an area download the area in Google Maps, and don’t foget to make sure GPS still works while you’re not connected to the internet.

Showaround – find a local

A great little app that will connect you with locals who are happy to show you around for a small fee. Ready the reviews of each one to find someone who sounds like they know their stuff!


As the name suggests Citymapper delivers useful city information, transport searching and pricing. Uber is even connected in most places giving you a quick and easy way to navigate a city.

Out at sea

Navionics+ (chartplotting)

The best mobile chartplotter with in-app purchases for each region you might need to navigate. Comes with all the usual chartplotting features and a few extras thrown in to boot.

Marine Traffic

Marine Traffic displays near real-time positions of ships and yachts worldwide. Connected to the largest network of AIS receivers, the app covers most major ports and shipping routes.

Marine rules & signals

The reference guide to rules and signals at sea. Part of a series of Marine Navigation apps, Rules & Signals is a useful tool for sailors, fishermen, surfers and people involved in sea water sports.

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Language & currency


You can use a monzo card abroad with no fees and at the wholesale MasterCard® exchange rate. It’s also generally an awesome app to have and let’s you easily see how you spend your money.

XE currency app

The free edition of the XE Currency Converter App provides live exchange rates and charts, you can also set an alert to monitor your favorite currencies.

Speech to text + Apple Watch

Probably our favourite on the list. Speak into your phone or watch and get a pretty instant spoken response in most languages. Has a handy widget to save translations in a sort of phrase book too.

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