Five hot apps that will let you travel further for cheaper and revolutionise your holidays

To say that travel apps have revolutionised the way we move around would be the world's biggest understatement. We can now book flights, hotels and experiences around the globe more quickly and cheaply than ever via a mere swipe of a touch pad. As digital providers scramble to keep up with demand and innovate even more convenient ways of helping you to globe-trot in style, we present the hottest travel apps out there right now. So throw a pair of flip-flops in your holdall, grab that SPF 50 and get set to jet set in the savviest way possible with these invaluable tools - either available now or coming soon to a device near you:

Flight tonight

This newly launched app embraces the art of spontaneity by letting you search for the cheapest round-trip flights departing from the US or beyond in the next two to 24 hours, to cash in on 11th-hour special deals.

It's similar to Next Flight - which lets you know the next given flight to a destination out of any airport - but also includes a booking option by linking through to operators Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity, as well as relevant airlines.

Perfect for surprising your loved ones halfway across the world or booking a weekend trip on a whim. Currently available on US iTunes but watch this space for the Android and UK version.

Free, iTunes

Hotel Tonight

Widely acknowledged as one of the best apps out there for last minute accommodation deals, Hotel Tonight has continued its remarkable growth in 2014 and is now available in five languages.

With a host of bargain prices available at great hotels in Europe, North America, Central America and South America, you can book a room in just three taps with photos and ratings from fellow travellers and a rundown of the best available rates for any given day.

It's a must-have that will banish the prospect of you kipping out on a train station bench forever more.

Free, iTunes and Google play


This nifty travel app has gone from strength to strength and is a firm favourite of the globe-trotter community.

Its premise is letting you have luxury for less, with a stream of cut-price deals on boutique hotels, experience breaks, safaris and all-inclusive beach getaways across the world.

Its exclusive offers come with discounts of up to 60% and cover everything from Macchu Picchu treks to wine country weekends.

Free, iTunes


In an age of Instagram, foodie photos reign supreme and this app cashes in on the trend by providing a visual guide to good grub around the world.

Whether you've got a craving for top notch ceviche in Mexico City or the finest pizza Naples has to offer, simply type in the type of dish you're looking for and Foodspotting will provide you with the best restaurants in town for your chosen delicacy, based on millions of recommendations from fellow foodies and travellers.

You can also give a shout out to your personal favourite cafes and restaurants around the world by uploading your own tantalizing gourmet snaps.

Free, iTunes and Google play


Gone are the days when you spend three hours trawling random bus sites in Budapest to negotiate a overland trip across eastern Europe. Bustripping (careful how you say it) wants to be to bus travel what Kayak is to cheap flights.

It lets you search and compare multiple bus routes in the US and 18 European destinations to find the best available prices for the journey you want.

Filters are set by journey time, price and bus company in order for you to fully customise your trip. All aboard!

Free, iTunes

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