As I’m getting ready for my trip to Miami and going through my phone I realise that there are a few travel apps that I use whenever I travel. No matter where I am in the world, I find these apps useful and could not survive without them.
Here are my 6 essential travel apps that you need in your life. They will help you plan your trips with ease and become a more resourceful traveller.
6 Essential Travel Apps you need in your Life
I didn’t think I have ever travelled to a new country or booked a hotel without first checking the reviews on TripAdvisor. The TripAdvisor website is amazing and with over 350 million reviews and opinions by travellers worldwide, the site can’t be beaten. The app is as comprehensive and you can see millions of reviews, opinions, images and videos of your trip. You can use the app to explore restaurants by food type, price range or rating and compare airfares. You can also use the TripAdvisor’s Near Me function to discover well-reviewed places close-by. I personally like that I can download and save the maps for cities I’m visiting on my phone via the app. This ensures that I avoid expensive data roaming plans while travelling.
- Free Android, iOS, Tripadvisor.com
This app allows you to create a digital journal of your travels, complete with interactive maps, geotagged photos, and videos. You can use the app to broadcast live, or organise your travel and upload to the cloud. This app tends to drainage your battery and data, so use with caution. It provides a nice way of creating a unique travel diary of your trip, that you can share with family and friends.
- Free, iOS and Android, livetrekker.com
I’m that person who usually forgets to print out a travel confirmation e-mail or two. Tripit works by organising all your travel information from confirmation emails for hotels, flights, excursions and car rentals and creates a single itinerary for your trip. All you need to do is forward your confirmation e-mail to your Tripit account and it does the rest. If you’re travelling in a group you can share the trip’s itinerary with the group.
- Free, iOS and Android, tripit.com
4. XE Currency
The XE currency app boasts to have received over 50 million downloads and the website version is the go-to site for currency conversions. As a traveller, I like this app for two reasons it offers live exchange rates for every world currency and functions offline by saving the last update rates, which is great for when you’re on the move with no internet connection.
- Free, iOS and Android, xe.com
5. Google Translate
The app provides translation for between 103 languages typing and 52 languages offline. The app isn’t great for everything but, I found it good for listening to translations aloud and using my camera to translate the text. Google translate also allows you to save words and phrases offline. This app provides you with a practical way to translate everyday words you come across while travelling.
- Free, iOS and Android
I love Citymapper, here is not a day that goes by without me using this app. It’s one of the best apps for utilising public transportation. Citymapper is used in over 30 countries and gives the most detailed journey planner information in comparison to other travel apps. The app provides real-time departure and disruption updates connect to cycle routes and Uber. The app even tells you, the quickest route for your journey and can be used offline. You can set the app to alert you when to get off the bus or train at a specific stop. I find this handy when I’m taking the public transport for the first time in a new city.
- Free, iOS and Android, citymapper.com
What are the travel apps you use?