Apps have become a part of our everyday lives; we use them to keep in touch with our loved ones near and far, we use them to play our favourite songs and some of us even use them to track our sleep and activities for the day. It’s only natural that we would use them for one of our favourite hobbies: travel. Using travel apps can help ensure you don’t miss a flight, keep updated with any travel changes, and keep up to date with what you’re spending in your home currency. I have a bunch of travel apps on my phone, but here are my favourite travel apps.
TripIt is an itinerary management app that helps you stay on top of all your bookings, namely flight and hotel bookings. Whenever you receive a new booking confirmation in your email, you can set it to automatically sync with TripIt and it will add it to an easy-to-view page so you can scroll through and see your upcoming trip. With the paid version of TripIt you can even receive updates when flights are delayed or change, which is super helpful as it keeps you in the loop. I’ve used it before and got the delay updates before they come out over the loudspeakers in the airport, so it’s super fast and reliable.
XE is a money conversion app for your phone. You can save offline exchange rates in order to convert what the price is in your native currency without having data – which is a huge help. I find that often when I’m in other countries their money simply feels like play money and I spend it accordingly – without much regard to what I’m really spending. The XE app keeps me in check and I find it invaluable.
I love using WhatsApp to message and call people no matter where I am in the world. The call quality tends to be really good, comparable to Skype and I like it because it works with the contacts already in your phone. It’s free and allows you to keep in touch at any time, which is invaluable when you’re far from home.
Check out reviews of restaurants, hotels, and activities while you’re on the road. The app is easy to use and allows you to sort by ‘what’s near you now’ allowing you to find the best, closest option for dinner or accommodation. I use TripAdvisor even when I’m home to find highly suggested restaurants, but love it even more when I’m somewhere new and have no clue what to do or what to eat.
5. Google Maps
I love Waze, but for travel I simply think Google Maps is better. You can download maps, you can look up directions and use the little blue dot and GPS to get you by. If you’ve preloaded the map with directions while you had wifi, it will still go through the motions – at least in my experience – when you’ve lost that wifi signal. It’s a great way to get around a new city, and for someone with no sense of direction it’s completely invaluable!
Apps help us to do everything better, so feel free to get these apps so you can travel smarter, faster and keep to your budget!