We all know that, whilst travel is eye-opening and enjoyable, it can be incredibly stressful. From budgeting to planning and finding your way around, there are so many things to consider that it can become quite overwhelming.
Luckily, one of the things that almost everyone takes everywhere with them is a smart phone, meaning that, with the right travel apps, you can travel without worry.
Over the course of my travels thus far, I have found a set of travel apps that work well for me and help me both before I leave and on the road.
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own!
Travel Apps To Help Plan Your Next Trip
Travel Apps can be really beneficial when you are booking trips. Instead of having 50 web pages open and having to scroll through your emails to find your booking confirmations, the apps can often hold all of that information for you.
Some apps even collate that all into one place without you having to even do anything.
From hotels to flights, travel apps are a fantastic way to plan your next trip!
Skyscanner is one of my favourite travel apps for booking flights.
I have tried a few different flight comparison apps when booking trips and I have found that Skyscanner, not only finds me the cheapest flights, but also is the most user friendly and lets me search everywhere as well as the specific destination I want to go.
The explore feature allows you to search for flights ‘everywhere’ and they are sorted by price. This is great if you’re looking for a new destination to visit but are unsure of where to go.
One of my favourite features is the price tracker for flights you are looking to go on, which sends you email alerts as the price rises or falls to help you get the best deal.
Omio is another trip booking app however, unlike skyscanner, it searches for buses and trains as well as for flights. The app directly compares the cost of taking the train, bus or flying so you can be sure you are taking the most cost effective form of transport.
As I am aiming to reduce carbon emissions, I try to take the bus or a train where I can, as opposed to flying between destinations. This means that Omio is one of the most useful travel apps as it shows you a range of transport providers to help you get the most bang for your buck.
My favourite feature of Omio is that it allows you to download e-tickets for your journeys directly into the app, helping you avoid the stress of having to track them down before the adventure begins.
TripIt is a really handy app as it is able to extract your trip details from confirmation emails. It orders them all so that you can easily see your whole itinerary, and can even present them in map form so that you can see exactly where you will be going.
One of the more interesting features of TripIt is that it can show you statistics such as the distance you have travelled, how many countries and cities you’ve visited and how many days you’ve been gone. Whilst this isn’t necessary information, it can be really fun to look back at your trip in this way.
I do not use TripIt for every tip that I go on, however, when I am going on more complicated trips with lots of bookings, TripIt is one of the most useful travel apps I have come across.
If you are looking for affordable accommodation that isn’t a hostel or budget hotel, AirBnB is the place to check. It can also be great for finding unique places to stay such as a seashell house in Mexico or a houseboat in Amsterdam.
You can find anything from a private room or couch in someones apartment, to an entire flat for pretty reasonable prices. AirBnB is especially unique as it often provides a more local experience, being one of the few platforms that allow you to book yourself a place to stay with someone who lives in the place you’re visiting.
There are a few hit or miss places to stay, and you can find your fair share of AirBnB horror stories online, however the app itself has a pretty good support team that can help out if you get stuck.
When I am looking to book hostels I always lean towards HostelWorld. I find that it is laid out in a way that makes it incredibly user friendly and gives you all the information necessary to pick a great place to stay.
The App shows ratings for each place for everything from location to cleanliness, security to atmosphere which ensures you pick a hostel with a focus on what you’re interested in. You can see a map of the city with the hostel marked off so that you know how central you’ll be to the sights and you can easily read reviews from other patrons of the hostel.
Hostelworld also advertises the events held by the hostel so that you can see if there are bar crawls or free meals scheduled for your time there.
Travel Apps To Help You Communicate
When visiting new and exciting places, one of the things that can really keep you from connecting is the language barrier. Getting past that can be tough but, thankfully, technology has come to the rescue once again in the form of these handy travel apps.
Duolingo is one of the classic travel apps that I’m sure almost everyone has used! I find it to be a really useful basic introduction to a language that allows you to communicate with locals by at least saying hello and thank you.
The basics modules within the app give you the bare minimum vocabulary that you need to be polite when visiting a new country. I am currently using Duolingo to study Portuguese and Japanese and I find that it is a great supplementary learning tool.
Duolingo doesn’t cover everything you need to know if you are intending to learn a language, however it is a great jumping off point and even has some tips to go alongside each module and help you to develop your understanding.
Google Translate one of the must have travel apps for while you’re on the go, especially if you are in a country that doesn’t speak the same language as you!
Google Translate can translate speech, text or images, making it a lot easier to interact with locals who you may be unable to communicate with otherwise.
Google Translate is fantastic for travel as is allows you to save languages offline. This means that if you know that you are going somewhere with one or two predominant languages, you can save them to your phone in advance.
The best feature of Google Translate, for me at least, is the fact that it comes with camera translation. This is super hand y when you are trying to eat at a local restaurant or need to read a poster, you can just scan the text and the app will paste it into your native language.
Travel Apps To Help You Budget
One of the biggest struggles when you are travelling is keeping track of your money and budgeting.
Budgeting is especially important if you are travelling for a prolonged period of time; the longer your money lasts, the longer you can stay on the road.
I have tried everything from excel spreadsheets to travel apps to help me know where I’m spending money and what on and, over the years I’ve been responsible for my own travels, I’ve discovered the best apps for me.
XE Currency Converter
XE Currency Converter is a pretty simple app that allows you to view currency conversions accurate to the live mid-market rates. This does mean that it is not 100% accurate to the exchange rate you will get, but it is handy for finding an estimate.
You can store multiple currencies within the app, meaning that if you are going on a trip across multiple countries with different currencies, you can keep track of them all.
TriCount helps you to split trip costs between you and your fellow travellers to help you keep track of who has spent what.
You are able to input who the purchase was for, who made it, when it happened and how much it was to ensure that you have the most accurate split.
As a solo traveller, I haven’t used this app so much on my travels, but I have been using it lately whilst living with my partner. As we are not concerned about exactly who owes who what, TriCount is handy for ensuring that one person has not spent a huge amount more than the other and ensures we know who will be next to order pizza.
Yet another one of the more straight-forward, yet incredibly useful, travel apps on the list – GlobeTips alerts you to the country you are visitings recommended tip amount and helps you to calculate it.
As a Brit, tipping culture is something that I often worry about when going abroad. It is definitely not as big of a thing here as it is in some countries. I find that GlobeTips really helps me to feel confident when eating out in unfamiliar places.
GlobeTips also comes with a calculator that allows you to enter the cost of your meal and works out what tip you should leave. All-in-all, I think GlobeTips is another of those travel apps that just eases your mind a bit when travelling.
I have tried a lot of apps that help you track your spending when travelling and this is my favourite.
I find that the TripCoin interface is one of the easiest to navigate and has the friendliest layout. I find that some budget trackers, especially travel apps for budgeting, can be quite confusing to use.
TripCoin allows you to use multiple currencies within one trip meaning that, whether you pay for something in pounds, dollars or Colombian pesos you can track it accurately. This is really useful – especially for days where you are in transit or going through multiple countries.
Travel Apps To Help You Find Your Way
Getting around a new city can be tough, especially if you are on your own! The first time I went backpacking solo, I found just getting from the airport to my hostel to be one of the most daunting tasks.
No matter where in the world you are going, transport apps can take away from the stress of finding your footing in a new place!
When you are travelling, some of the advice that you will be offered the most frequently is to avoid unmetered taxis. As someone with anxiety surrounding transport, I really like knowing that I am getting a fair rate for my journey and that I am safe in the car.
For those reasons, Uber (and its equivalents) is one of the travel apps that I rely on the most. I love seeing the ratings for the driver, having their number plate registration, and being able to share my trip with friends and family for extra security.
It is worth noting that Uber is not available everywhere, however travel apps such as Grab and Lift offer extra options for in these situations.
Maps.me is one of the most popular travel apps, and when I mentioned I was writing this post on social media, was one that was brought up most frequently.
This is for good reason!
Maps.me enables you to download maps to be completely offline, meaning you can find your way regardless of mobile data access or wifi.
I often lean towards Google Maps for trips, as I mostly travel Europe at the moment and so have access to a data plan, however I always use Maps.me as a backup just in case I run out of data or need to get somewhere in a pinch.
Local Transport Apps
This isn’t one specific app, but just a bonus recommendation from me!
When you arrive in a new city it can be really beneficial to download the local transport app for buses or trains! Often these apps are able to tell you about timetables, routes and, on occasion, will even enable you to purchase tickets electronically.
I tend to find that having local travel apps on my phone can really help to take away the stress of not understanding the public transport systems.
Travel Apps To Help You Remember Your Trip
One of the really neat things that smartphones allow us to do is store memories.
I am personally more of a fan of physical journaling, however digital journaling can be a nice way of making notes to look back on until you can sit down with a pen and paper.
Or you can use digital journals exclusively and go into a lot more detail with them than I do!
Day One Journal
Day One Journal is my favourite journaling app of them all. It allows you to create individual journals so that you can keep each individual trip in its own space. You can also password protect your journals so that they stay private,
You can insert photos, text and even audio clips (if you have the full version) to bring your journal to life. There are also set templates within the app so that you can have a daily planner, jot down meals or just reflect. Similarly, they give you a daily prompt to help you if you want to journal but don’t know what to write about.
Day One Journal is one of the best travel apps for journaling as it allows you to set reminders throughout the day to remind you to take time out from your hectic adventures and make note of how you’re feeling. I love this feature as it means that, even if I only jot down a sentence, I have little bits to look back on from throughout my trip to help me remember it.
Momento is a really fun journaling app that lets you connect your social media accounts so you can keep track of your twitter, instagram and Facebook highlights as well as journaling.
You can write posts and add tags, locations, photos and people to them to help you remember everything you did on your trip, or in your everyday life.
You can even share your journal posts with your friends and family to keep them updated on the adventures you’re having!
Do you have any apps you love when travelling?
Do you use any of the ones I do?