Let’s face it- most of us have an addiction when it comes to our phones. That doesn’t, however, mean that we can’t use it to our advantage when we’re on the road, especially with these 20 best travel apps.
Technology is making travel a lot easier for us. With one touch of a button we can book a flight, a hotel, and order a cab to take us to the airport. It really is that easy. But if you find yourself still thinking of using a travel agent, or cutting out images of places that you want to visit, then we have the list of all lists for you.
Name it and there’s probably an app for it. From pulling together a unique itinerary to currency exchange. and from flight delays to finding WiFi when you get to a new location. Let’s cover everything else you can possibly need on the road – and even some tricks you didn’t know you needed.
Here are the 20 best travel apps that you need for your next trip:
No need to keep a journal of your trip: Polarsteps does the work for you. It automatically tracks which spots you’ve visited and is always on the mark. You’ll end up with a very cool world map pinning your every move with the option to add pictures or notes – easily shared with friends through e-mail and socials. The app also shows statistics on the total distance, days travelled and countries visited.
Going somewhere in the offseason and have no idea what to pack? PackPoint to the rescue! Answer a few questions about where, when and how long, and you’ll an personalized packing list that’s going to save you time, money, and the headache of lugging a bunch of things that you won’t around.
3. Rosetta Stone
Our love for learning languages is nothing new, so Rosetta Stones’ language app enables you to connect deeper with the country you’re visiting. The program teaches you to think in a new language by connecting what you’re seeing with what you’re saying, and is so famous that even Drake raps about it. By downloading lessons, you can also use the app offline.
4. XE Currency
There’s nothing worse than landing in a country and not being sure of what the exchange rate is- especially in those random European countries that doesn’t use the Euro. XE Currency helps you figure out the latest exchange rates so you don’t over or under pay ever again! No wonder it’s on every best travel apps list out there.
5. Trail Wallet
Monefy used to be our budget app of choice to keep track of expenses while on the road, but Trail Wallet takes it up a notch with easy graphs and summaries. The app gives insight to a range of data, including a daily average, or your expenses per categories such as food, transport or entertainment. Unfortunately, Trail Wallet is only available for iOS devices.
5. Google Translate
Although not the perfect solution, Google translate is great to have when you’re struggling to communicate properly, and need a bit of help. Download the languages you need beforehand and you can even use it without internet access! It’s now even possible to aim your camera on a text and get it translated instantly.
Best Travel Apps For Activities
GetYourGuide is well-known as the go-to app for activities and tours; and often grants its users special perks like skipping lines or upgrades you wouldn’t be able to find on your own. Use of their website is great too when you’re planning ahead of time, but their app is perfect when you’re on the go and want to browse through your wish list.
For all those travelers that are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or plant-based, this is the app of your dreams. Available in ten languages, you can search for food that fits your needs in 180+ countries all over the world. HappyCow isn’t just for restaurants – even farmer’s markets, grocery stores and food trucks are listed.
While pen and paper are still a great way to keep track of all your travel plans, TripIt takes it a step further and builds an itinerary really easily. No need to track down multiple emails, and phones when one of the best travel apps does it all for you. All important info is available when you’re offline and you can access your itinerary on an interactive map.
Before a holiday begins, (and as soon as a holiday is over), those with wanderlust will love to spend time with Trover – the ‘visual bucket list’ app that allows you to plan, share, and contribute to a community of like-minded travellers and holidayers. It’s a great way to find hidden gems and the perfect combination of planning and discovery.
Yelp suggests places to eat based on your location, cuisine preference, and price, and lets you browse the experiences of other users who’ve blazed the trail before you.
Best Travel Apps for Transport Booking
The Omio app (formerly known as GoEuro) is the complete package for getting around Europe. The app connects to air, bus, and rail providers across the content, and allows users to navigate hundreds of provider websites in sixteen currencies. Useful for research as well as booking tickets, this app will make travelling easier, more flexible, and more affordable than buying a Eurail pass.
With a focus on finding cheap flights, SkyScanner helps customers search hundreds of airlines for the best deal – and its unique graphs and fuzzy search make searching for flights fun.
Best Travel Apps For Accommodation
Once you know where you’re going, the first thing you need to decide is where you will stay. Booking.com‘s mobile app is just as streamlined as the website – and allows you to search, filter, and book hotels or hostels quickly and easily.
If you’re looking for alternative accommodation, and perhaps want to stay somewhere more authentic than a hotel, the Airbnb app is slick, fast, and full of inspiring locations to stay you may never have thought of.
16. Hotel Tonight
The perfect app when you need a hotel last minute and want the best deal. This a great app for getting the best deal on higher end hotels. All you need to do is pick what city you’re in, and you’ll see a list of the best hotels around. You already know about their fun Daily Drop offers. We love the idea that it takes the stress out of planning last minute getaways. Use fanwar13 to get up to $65 (20%) discount on your first booking!
Best Travel Apps For Getting Around
Completely offline, completely free and completely our favorite while on the road. This offline map app will save you a fortune on data and is even more detailed in some countries than Google Maps, especially around Asia. Maps.me downloads fast, tracks your location very well and lets you see anything from remote trails to famous spots. As users can add info to the map, simply browse through your location and spot sights nearby that you normally wouldn’t realize existed. Mark the ones you like and never get lost.
CityMaps2Go lets you save comprehensive, detailed street maps of a place, lets you bookmark and annotate the maps, and gives you guides and destination suggestions, all without requiring an internet connection. The free version gives you one country download, or upgrade to pro for unlimited downloads.
Ever need in a cab in a different city, and can’t track one down? Uber is clearly one of the best tools to use. Available in 80 countries with the same account and credit card, you never have to worry about figuring what to pay, tip etc.
20. Wi-Fi Finder
There’s not more frustrating than not being to track down WiFi when you need it. Operating in nearly every country worldwide, this app will let you find a wifi hotspot in almost any place that has it. WiFi Finder is a must-have as it helps you not only find the closest free hotspot, but gives you an address and phone number too.