Have you ever looked at all your travel bookings or scrolled through site after site looking for the cheapest flights, wondering if there’s an easier way? Well, there is. Travel apps. There are loads of good ones, and their sole purpose is to make your travels quicker, cheaper, more fun and less stressful. And they do it so well, too!
The only problem is that there are so many apps to make traveling easier that it’s rather time-consuming to look into them all – wasn’t that exactly what you didn’t want? – but no need to worry, because we’ve done all that for you. We’re pretty much an app, in that sense. Anyhow, let’s have a look at all the great apps so that you can find your favorite!
Pro Tip: Check what apps work without an internet connection and if you need to download anything to use it offline, so you won’t have to spend too much on data!
Have you ever found yourself frantically scrolling through your inbox looking for that bus ticket, knowing all too well that said bus could drive off at any second? Or perhaps you feel better double, triple and quadruple checking all your travel details? Either way, these two apps collect that info – such as flights, hotels, rental cars – in one place, and Google Trips also gives you tips on where to go!
Similar to the two previous apps, Kayak collects all your travel info (which you can access offline) in one place, and it also helps you get the best and cheapest flights, hotels and other deals by searching hundreds of websites – with just one click! A real little hero in app-form.
This is indeed an app for the roadtripper, and lets you not only plan your trip but will also show you all the fun and cool places around. Like the National Mustard Museum (no ketchup allowed). Or Pennsylvania’s most haunted places. It focuses on North America, but works in other countries too!
Packing might not be the worst part of preparing for traveling (vaccinations, we’re looking at you) but with this app, it won’t be a bore at all: tell it where you’re going and what you’re doing, and voila – you have a list of what you need! It even checks the weather. Technology, eh?!
Now, this app has a little bit of everything: you can look up and book accommodation and flights, and find restaurants, attractions, you can book tours; the best part is that so very many people use it, meaning that there’s a review or 200 for pretty much any place. Oh, and you can save your favorites, too!
If you’re planning on doing a whole lot of flying, then you might want to give this a quick download: Airwander will help you find the cheapest flights, and also how to be able to visit other places while going to your main destination! All as cheap as it gets. Very, very helpful.
Speaking of getting the cheapest flights, Hopper is fantastic at predicting when your flight will cost the least money for you to book – even a year in advance! It will tell you when to take your time, when to hurry up and even let you book in the app. Yeah, it’s that good.
Three apps, yes, because they all do the same thing (kind of): they find the best – and cheapest – places to stay. HotelsTonight is all about hotels while Hostelworld will offer you hostels all over the world – as will Airbnb, but instead of hostels you stay with locals, and can even book tours to see all the lesser-known spots and places!
Another pro tip: Google Maps. Do we need to say more? It really is a lifesaver. Go learn how to get the most out of it!
In any big city, from NYC to Manchester; Seoul to Istanbul, this app will help you figure out public transport by telling you what bus to take, what subway station to change at, and where you need to get off your train. Getting overwhelmed at stations will be a thing of the past.
In the same spirit, Zomato allows you to utilize the knowledge of people who know what’s up, and this time it’s all about food. Search your area for different cuisines, different meals and other requirements and get a list of all the best food places – a bit of a warning, though: it might be very hard to choose.
If you’re vegan and want to make it even easier for you, get the HappyCow app. It will show you all the food places nearby with vegan or vegetarian options, and if you can’t find any info, the Vegan Passport can help! It has all the useful phrases in languages covering 96% of the population, so you’ll never have to mime “cow’s milk” again.
Other than being pretty decent at translating most languages, the really good thing about Google Translate is that you can use your camera, take a photo of a sign, menu or other text, and it’ll show up in your language of choice! The translation might not be perfect, but it’ll give you an idea of what you need to know.
Currency exchange can be such a bother, especially if you tend to visit several countries and need to keep track of what’s what. XE Currency will do that for you. If you’d also like to convert some units (how many miles are 5 kilometers, anyway?), get Amount. It’ll sort that out. In a click or two. Super-convenient.
This post would simply be too long and no one would have the time or patience to read it if we included every single app that’s useful for traveling, but here are some that almost made the cut:
Uber – Safe, easy transportation pretty much anywhere.
Tile – Place tiles on your belongings, and track them with your phone.
Globetipping – Shows you when and how much to tip.
Nord VPN – Some countries block sites such as Facebook, and with this software, you can access them anyway. Because who can be without Facebook for more than a day or two, right?!
Anyhow, best of luck to you and please let us know about any awesome apps that have managed to stay under our radar!