Favorite Travel Apps for Your Next Trip
Traveling is a perfect opportunity to separate yourself from work and the day-to-day. Leaving all those emails and paperwork behind to see the world is an experience like no other.
As ironic as it seems, traveling with your smartphone is a wise choice. Thousands of traveling apps not only allows you to share photos and videos but more importantly helps make your travels less stressful.
These travel apps take stress off your plate by:
- booking your trip
- getting accommodations ready
- navigating around places
- looking for restaurants and spots to visit
- translating words
- and so much more!
With technology, these traveling apps are available at the palm of your hands, making it handy anywhere you go.
One of the perennial topics of our meetup group, International Travel with a Purpose, is our favorite travel app discussion. Here is the latest list from October 2018:
Great app for figuring out an affordable time of year to visit a particular country. The app monitors prices for you then tells you when to book and when to wait for both flights and hotels.
An online marketplace and hospitality service that charges less than hotels by offering far cheaper prices and a genuine experience by staying in local homes. Members can use the app to arrange lodging or tourism experiences.
Skyscanner is a fun way to look for trips. In fact, Skyscanner is the only app which allows you to select ‘anywhere’ as an international destination. It’s available in 30 languages and has a news section that includes news from travel and flight industries and gives travel tips for users.
An offline map of the whole world which works even if you don’t have a SIM card. This is a perfect navigation app for your travels anywhere around the world.
An app that makes a checklist of everything you need in anything you do. It provides a forecast about the weather for your trips and gives you choices of activities to do during your trip. It offers items that are needed to be packed based on what activity you’ll do.
An app designed to convert one currency into another to check corresponding value. It aims to maintain real-time information on the current market or bank exchange rates so that the calculated result changes whenever the value of either of the component currencies does.
A photo app and social network all in one! A fun way to share various photos and videos of your trip which can be edited with filters and tags people or location information.
A machine translation app developed by Google that is multilingual. Basically, it provides translations among 100 different languages allowing people to communicate in a language understandable to both you and the person you’re talking with.
A time zone tracker that helps you keep track of the time in places you are in or where you are headed to. This app shows times that overlap when both parties should be awake.
The app which allows you to find a travel buddy and locals of the place you’re going. You can find people with similar travel itineraries or experience the local scene with actual locals!
Culture Trip is an app that Sean heard about while he was in Bolivia. It’s an app that allows you to explore the local culture and discover local destinations. Sean particularly loves the awesome local restaurant recommendations it provides.
A mobile app that permits people who travel going in the United States to submit passport information and customs declaration form to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It also enables the inspection process using an expedited lane.
Global Entry is a program by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service that permits pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States.
A personal virtual private network service provider based in Panama. This has a desktop application for Windows, macOS, and Linux, mobile applications for both Android and iOS. Enjoy global connectivity along with high-performance speed and secure access to streaming websites, censored content and social networks with the use of this app.
Widely used airport app with tips and information on over 3000 airports. It covers all important air passenger needs including arrival and departure times, how to best get to/from the airport to numerous tips on pre and post-security restaurants, shopping opportunities, lounges, or power outlets.
An online travel app that partners with top-rated hotels and enables users to look for discounted hotel accommodations, offering deep discounts off the listed hotel rates all throughout the continents of America, Europe, and Australia.
It’s a trip planner mobile app developed by Google that can be used by Android or iOS users. This app allows users to plan for upcoming trips with summarizing information about the user’s destination in various categories such as reservations and things to do.
An app that keeps all your travel plans in one place and helps access your itineraries anytime and on any device. It also helps you quickly find alternate flights and open seats when you need to rebook. This app gives instant alerts for flight delays, cancellations, and gate changes.
RTD Mobile Ticketing is an app that lets you buy and use Day Passes instantly with the utilization of your smartphones! With this app, you can buy bus or train tickets anytime and anywhere in just seconds.
Meetup brings people together to create thriving communities. It operates as a platform that provides membership software and enables the people using this app to schedule events using a common program.
Now can be used through your smartphones! Atlas Obscura has created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods.
The new app from Mixbook that lets you make photo books right on your iPhone. This app has been designed as the easiest way to build a printed photo book using the photos found on your phone.
Formerly known as Web Reservations International, it is the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform. It helps you book a bed or your own room in one of over 35,000 hostels around the globe. These hostels will surely put you at the heart of the action at budget prices.
AllTrails is a trusted world outdoors platform which reaches 44 million people a year. This helps people explore the outdoors with hand-curated trail maps along with photos, reviews, and user recordings crowd-sourced from a community of 9 million registered hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners in 102 countries.
This app organizes Rick Steves’ varied and vast audio content into geographic-specific playlists so that travelers can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to their travel plans.
Roadside Attractions directs road trip travelers to nearby oddities, museums, statues and natural wonders all over the world. This app uses advanced technology to help users plan a trip, either on-site or before their visit.
The only map built for travelers. Helping travelers discover millions of places, like local diners and quirky roadside attractions, or scenic points, national parks, museums, shrines, and hotels.
InterNations is the world’s largest network for people working and living abroad. Through this app, you can network, socialize, and find expat-relevant information online and offline. This app helps you find new friends and share your experiences with like-minded international people at a wide range of events and network online with people around the globe.
These are just some of the thousands of travel apps available. With years of travel experience, we find these favorite travel apps can make your next travel journey stress free.
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