Traveling has changed drastically in the last decade, people now depend on technology in all aspects of life, so why not travel as well, in the information age most of us have a smart phones and travel apps have helped us go further, faster and freer; you can have dozens of travel apps online but the list here is about the most important travel apps that will change the way you travel and give you peace of mind and successful trips making the best of each trip you make
Google Maps makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best places in town and the information you need to get there, it will be your best friend abroad, whether driving, walking or using transportation. worried about your internet bills? no problem, download offline maps of the place you are visiting and enjoy using it offline, i can not imagine my travels without Google maps that is why it is on the top my list for travel apps.
2nd on our list of must have travel apps, is Uber or basically any similar local apps for ordering taxis, one of the things i hate while traveling is getting abused by taxi drivers and fight over fares or feel cheated etc.. so Uber save you a considerable amount of money and time and gives you peace of mind.
There are 10s of travel apps and sites that you can book flights from, sites like skyscanner and cheapflights are good but Hopper is my favorite as it doesn’t only give you cheap ticket but it guides you to when is the best time to buy and it predicts the rise in prices pretty much accurately, plus i like their background picture 🙂 travel apps like this are best when you are booking a flight last minute or on the go and want something quick and easy to use. check my other tips on booking cheaper flights
why hire a tour guide if you can use the power of internet and guide yourself! our 4th on the must have travel apps is Google Goggles, You can do a Google search by taking a picture with your device using the Google Goggles app.Tip: Horizontal photos work better than vertical ones. if Google recognizes the image in your photo, the search results will tell you about what’s in the photo. perfect for landmarks, iconic buildings and many more touristic sites, this helps a lot getting information about mid to low famous locations.
Well i didn’t expect myself to add Skype within the must haves travel apps, but truth is, Skype is the best and cheapest way to stay connected with your family and friends while traveling, it is reliable and works well with most of the internet speeds you will encounter.
Again not really a travel app but when i visit a new place and listen to their music I truly feel immersed, Soundhound is an app that listen to any song and get you the full details of this song and in many cases you can download it immediately and even get lyrics for it, one of my favorite songs is a Colombian song i heard in a bar when i was in Colombia, I would never be able to know the name of the song but luckily i used Soundhound and managed to get the song later.
Airbnb might be the most popular travel apps for cheap accommodation and saving up on travel, it caters for solo travelers as well as families and couples, you have the option to rent an entire house from Airbnb, and even solo travelers can get a private room in a home. Another very good way to save even more on Airbnb is to offer your property or part of it on the platform. What you make renting out a room or an entire house can go towards your own travel expenses, that could save you a lot of money. check my blog on how to get cheap accommodation for more tips.
Rome2rio is a comprehensive global trip planner that helps you discover how to get anywhere. You can enter any town, address or landmark as your destination and Rome2rio will instantly display flight, train, bus, ferry and driving options with estimated travel times and fares, it is really useful if your trip involves more than 1 mood of transport, such as plane then ferry or bus etc. it helps you also to expect the cost and make bookings in 1 place, i strongly recommend you to have it in your must have travel apps.
TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go. And booking options for hotels, restaurants and flights are just a tap away. just keep in mind that the reviews are set by average tourists so just try to make some sense of it and read the reviews carefully before going somewhere, this is truly a must have travel apps and it will save you a lot of time to find what you are looking for or to find something to look for 🙂
Citymapper is one of the cool travel apps to find and use public transportation. it offers the fastest way to arrive at your destination, and best of all, you can check out subway and train times offline for a number of cities. You can subscribe to specific train or bus lines, and the app can even alert you when you need to get off, handy when you’re riding for the first time in a new country.
XE Currency is simply an apps that converts currency and shows real time rates, honestly you can do that through any search engine but what’s neat is that it can store the most recent rates so you can access them if your device is offline.
We seem to be sharing everything these days, from cars on Uber to places to stay on Airbnb, so why not share a couch or a room in someone’s house. Couchsurfing is a platform that let people gift you a place to sleep, host you on their couch at their own home, for free! So what does the host get in return? They get to meet you! Couchsurfing revolve around the idea of gifting a space and building a community, the idea is for you to meet locals, spend some time with your host, and give them a little taste of your own culture, you will surely have the best conversations in your life and will give a whole new prospective of the country you are visiting, many hosts also offer to be your guide and take you to places you wouldn’t even know about if you were on your own. If you will consider Couchsurfing, make sure you look carefully at the host’s profile, and what other couchsurfers have to say about them. Couchsurfing might be monetary free but the cost of it will be some of your time, you will have to plan to stay with your host and get to know them. If you have a little bit of spare money you it’s always a good idea to get your host a gift from home or even share a meal with them. There are no rules set in stone, but if you join a community, you might as well make the best out of it. You can also become a host and that way you give a little back to the community.
Do yourself a favor and don’t use it specially when traveling!