During our travels around the world, Eva and I discovered a couple of travel apps. Some weren’t so great and a waste of space on our iPhones and then there were others we fell in love with. From useful apps that help you save money on accommodation to a Google Maps alternative. With so many apps in the app store, it can be difficult to navigate and find a good app useful when traveling. Which is why I wanted to share with you my favorite travel apps. Maybe you’ll fall in love with them too!
I discovered this app through our travel agent over at Kilroy. She recommended it as a great way to manage all of our flights and have all the information conveniently in one place. Since we had over 22 flights we figured it wouldn’t hurt trying it out. Over the course of 5 1/2 months, it proved to be a great recommendation and a good decision to try it. Not only did we have all our flights and in one app on our phones but when there were changes, it immediately updated the information on the app. We then would receive a notification of the change. We were often notified by the app of a flight delay while at the airport before it was even announced.
Another great thing about this app is that it not only enables you to manage all of your flights in one place but also hotel bookings and car rentals. Even though I’ve only tried the flight aspect, I still highly recommend this app. While traveling around the world, I slowly but surely began to find this app essential.
Many who know me well, know that I love making lists. Creating a packing list is something I love to do for a trip because then I can ensure that I do not forget anything important. Through quite a lot of googling, I eventually ended up stumbling upon an amazing app called TripList. An app that is a full-featured packing list and to-do manager for travelers. It simplifies and makes creating a packing list so easy. The app even has pre-made packing lists for you to choose from and customize to fit your needs. This is a great app for those that either love packing lists or have a tendency to forget things.
What is Maps.Me you ask? Maps.Me is a free navigation app that has offline maps of anywhere in the world available for download. It offers turn by turn navigation, however, admittedly it’s not as great as Google Maps but it does get you to your destination though. I love this app since it is a great alternative to Google Maps when you don’t want to spend a fortune on data or don’t have wifi.
The purpose of this app is quite simple. You book a hotel accommodation with either a week’s advance or no advance whatsoever and you get an amazing last-minute deal at a fabulous hotel. My sister told me about this app when we were in Cancun and looking for accommodation for our trip to New York. We ended up booking the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott which was close to Time’s Square and got a great deal for it too! My sister has used this app over a dozen times and swears by it. If you don’t mind booking accommodation at the last-minute and getting a great deal at a fabulous hotel, then this app is definitely something you need in your life!
When I travel to another country I like to learn a few key words of the native language. Simple words like hello and thank you. I’ll admit I’m not great at remembering to learn it before I get there but I try to. It’s so much fun to leave a country knowing a little bit of another language. Thanks to my high school Spanish teacher who introduced me to the language learning website Duolingo, did I find the website’s app. I found Duolingo’s app much more fun and convenient. If you have time while on the train, bus or whatever then you can just learn on the go.
If you are a priority pass member then you need to get the Priority Pass app for your phone. I have loved being able to look up in advance which lounges in which terminals is the best. When you have a couple of hours to spare until your next flight, what better way to spend it then at not only at a lounge but the best one the airport has? Answer: There isn’t. The Priority Pass app has all the information regarding what lounges the airport has and everything each of them offers. In addition, when do they open and for how long.
If you do not have a Priority Pass and are a frequent flyer, you should consider the benefits of getting one. Check out Forbe’s great article on the program.
You have probably heard of Booking.com. If not, it is one of the most popular travel websites to book an accommodation. Well, if you didn’t know before then you do now. They have an app and it’s fantastic. It has never been easier to book an accommodation for your next getaway than it is now. I love this app and have used it quite a few times during my travels.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on hotel accommodations, or simply want something a bit more homey than Airbnb is right up your alley. I love this app so much. While traveling around the world, this app enabled me to book an entire apartment for my sister and me to stay at for a price cheaper than a hotel. Yet with much more privacy and a kitchen at our disposal. Easy to use, you can use it all over the world and score a great deal on accommodation. In addition, meet some wonderful hosts along the way.
When you are backpacking around the world on a relatively tight budget then Hostelworld quickly becomes your favorite app. The name pretty much speaks for itself. You can book a stay at a great hostel. The app is worldwide, so you can find hostels everywhere. The app has all the information of course with what the hostels offer. As well as reviews from previous guests.
Another app you might have heard of. I have used Uber quite a bit during my travels around the world and loved it. The app is so easy to use and it makes getting a ride insanely easy. I love how you can pick from a variety of rides, varying on prices. Some are more expensive than others and there’s also now a carpool option which lets you share a ride with someone going the same way. Which makes it even cheaper (Yay!!!). In New York, I didn’t hail a cab. I simply used Uber and it was great. Quick and easy as it was pretty much everywhere.
This app is purely for fun. It keeps track of all the countries and US states you’ve been to. A friend I met in Fiji told me about it and I’m so happy they did. It is so much fun to see how much of the world you have traveled to. Right now I can see that I have traveled to 9% of the world. 14% of Europe, 14% of Asia, 7% of North America, 14% of South America, 10% of Oceania and 1% of Africa. The app visualizes the visited countries both as a list, along with a ratio for each continent, and as a world map.