There’s an app for just about everything, whether it’s finding the perfect vacation, accessing an easy transit guide anywhere in the world, snapping a selfie to get through immigration, reading a pop up notification about security lines, or mastering the airport wait, sure enough, there really is an app for that. Planning a trip can be a pain, but today and you have all the necessary tools to make your vacation a breeze.
Here are the 10 must-have apps that travellers shouldn’t live without,
If you’re traveling on a budget or you’re after an alternative travel experience, give Airbnb a try. It’s free and helps you find places to stay, which are offered by private hosts in over 34,000 cities worldwide.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious house with a pool and hot tub for just you and your family, or you’re open to sharing a room or suite with another traveler, Airbnb will help you find the right accommodations for you.
Skyscanner is a great little app for searching for the cheapest flights to anywhere you want to go. You can book flights directly from the app, and you can also search for and book hotels.
Pick a location you want to travel to and the app will quickly find flights to that location and sort them by the cheapest price. Skyscanner is simple to use, and lets you quickly get the information you want.
3. Google Translate
Never fear getting lost in translation again wherever you are, thanks to Google Translate. The app has been helping travelers interact in just about every language for years, just by speaking into your phone and instantly having it translated to a foreign language. Now, Google Translate is “offline” allowing you to use it even without phone service or roaming charges. Muy bien!
TripIt lets you store all of your travel plans, including information about your itinerary, hotel, and car rental bookings in one convenient location. It can import this information direct from your email box, and you can easily share your travel plans with your family and friends. It’ll even add your trips to your calendar.
If you travel a lot, or even if you simply want an easy way to share your travel plans with people you know, give Tripit a try.
5. Google Maps
You probably already have Google Maps installed on your device, but if for some reason you don’t, you can download it from Google Play for free.
Google Maps is a great map app that lets you plan your route and gives you directions to help you get there. It even has indoor maps for large places such as airports, stadiums, and malls. It will even tell you where the nearest restaurants and stores are based on your location.
If you’re a frequent flier or you know you’re going to have a long layover somewhere, having a spot to relax, nosh on some tasty food, and have a little drink while you wait for your next flight may appeal to you.
Almost every airport in the world has lounges that are off-limits to the general public but open to people who have certain perks. Don’t worry, though, lounges aren’t just for the rich and famous — you may have the needed perks to get in without even knowing it, and that’s where LoungeBuddy comes in.
TripAdvisor is your crowd-sourced guide to hotels, restaurants and attractions worldwide. TripAdvisor allows you to browse through millions of reviews, images and videos featuring various establishments worldwide.
You can also access contact details; search for nearby establishments; explore restaurants by food type, price range or rating; check out air fares; and even add to the knowledge base by posting your own reviews, images and entries for the places you visit.
8. XE Currency
When you want to know how many pesos your dollar is worth while you’re in Mexico, XE Currency, an app from the makers of the trusted currency exchange site, XE.com, will let you know in an instant.
XE Currency updates its rates every minute, so you always have the most accurate information, and it can also be used offline using saved data — no internet? No problem.
If you need travel inspiration, Hipmunk is your new digital best friend. The app offers easy recommendations like “beach,” “city break,” “ski,” or “live music” before finding you the best possible deals for your selection all around the world. They even throw in a link to book everything at the best prices. You can be as flexible as “anytime this year” or extremely precise. They’ll even alert you if prices on your bucket list trip drop.
If you are looking to get around your destination quick and efficiently, without having to pay a fortune for car rentals or taxis, Uber is the app for you. Uber is like having a private driver at the palm of your hand. When you want to go somewhere, all you have to do is pick the type of Uber (Black Car, SUV, UberX, UberPool), your location/destination, and then click “Request” (Yes, it is really that simple).
Uber also lets you call the driver if needed, split the cost with others riding with you, and calculate the fare before even riding. To help save money, Uber is always looking to offer very affordable rides at the tap of a button.