Traveling has been part of my life and I definitely want it to be part of yours too. In my few years of traveling, especially abroad, I have learn that one must have these travel apps before embarking on a journey to an unfamiliar place in order to help you out with your travel necessities. Many of these apps are already in my phone but I have added some new ones that are popular in the travel world.
1. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Airasia and Tigerair
I don’t think I need to explain much but these apps are your gateway to the world. Never miss a promo by subscribing to their newsletters and checking fares through them. The best thing about these apps is that booking is most efficient when using them. When you use your desktop or laptop, the browser requires more bandwidth to load, compared to apps which only require minimum amount of data. This is essential during promo season as most airline websites take forever when opening. There are also apps that save your personal information (like Philippine Airlines) which, again, will save you time when booking. All apps are available on iOS except for PAL.
When booking for accommodations there are many apps and websites to visit out there. However, there is nothing more convenient and secure, for me, as Airbnb. Compared to other websites, airbnb offers more affordable options for the budget traveler. This is primarily because most spaces are extra rooms of locals in the area. It offers cheap accommodation and sometimes provides you with a more authentic vibe of the place, plus, you get to meet people and share stories with them. If you are familiar with Airbnb, the best thing about the app are the “verified” reviews of “verified” users. In the world wide web, reviews are good stuff that can help you big time, but sometimes, these reviews are not verified and may provide you misleading or false information.
Maps me is a handy app that downloads a map of the country, a city or a region directly to your phone. This is highly useful when looking for a place and you have no connectivity or whatsoever. Before I went to Cambodia and Thailand, I downloaded this app and saved the map of the two countries that’s only about 10mb.
AroundMe is an internet-based app that lets you locate specific places and establishments nearby at a certain kilometer radius. It provides you information about the nearest bank, bar, restaurant, hospital, hotel and a lot more. This is useful when you are new to the place and if asking around is simply impossible.
5. XE Currency
XE Currency is one of the widely used app out there when it comes to currency exchange. One of its feature is that you can save the last updated rates for offline use. When online, it automatically updates every 60 seconds. There are also other features that’s friendly for all kinds of travelers including people who are on business trips. The best thing about XE Currency is that you can see the rates for all currencies saved in one page. You can view the rate of a US dollar for all countries that you selected. Other features include the stock market, currency profile and money transfer.
TouristEye is the app that brings you to places and provides you detailed information about tourist destinations, places to eat and things to do. It tells you the complete address of the place, schedule, website, phone number and some travel tips that you need to know. These information are provided by travelers around the world and are validated by co-travelers as well. The best thing about this app is that you can save all the information of these spots for offline viewing.
There are a lot of apps out there that offer direct translation to different kinds of languages but usually these apps offer one type of language per app. So if you are traveling to two or more countries in one trip, that would mean you will have to download one app per country, and some of these companies offer a package kind that is not really for free. Google translate will solve that problem for you. This app lets you download the language/s that you need so you can use it offline. It’s that handy. Plus, the coolest feature about this app is the Word Lens. It provides real-time translation of words and signs using your camera phone. You just need to select the language, click the camera button, point it to printed words and prepare to be amazed.
It’s a little known fact but waze is actually a pretty cool app for travelers. This is particularly during situations where you only have internet in your accommodation or you don’t want to use up all your data. Our accommodation was once near the Osaka Castle so I used Waze to navigate our way to the place. Since we don’t have internet, I continued using the app even offline and amazingly, it still works. I was still able to see the arrow moving while we were walking. Great app!
9. Google Trips
This is one of the best travel apps that I just discovered. Google Trips is a one-stop app that provides you all travel information that you need to know. It is usually divided into 6 parts. (1) Reservations, where you’ll see your flight details. This includes time, date, flight duration, confirmation number and you can directly access you actual ticket from this app! Really cool! (2) Things-To-Do, where you’ll find the top spots you can visit, local favorites, museums, palaces, and etc. (3) Day Plans is the perfect travel planner for the wanderer. It provides suggestions of activities that you can do based on the number of days you will be visiting the place. A complete list of the must-see sites and their corresponding details like address, contact numbers, opening hours, etc. It will give you a Day-1-Day-2-Day-3 type of itinerary. (4) Food and Drink provides a brief background of the local specialties, top spots, where to dine out and night life activities. (5) Getting Around will help you out on the things you need to know about local transportation; from type of transportation to specifics on public transportation to walking and biking trails. (6) Saved Places, if you are planning on visiting specific places, you can save them and check them later on in this folder.
One important thing that you need to do before using this app is to synchronize your official travel email to this app so it can easily arrange your trips for you.
So what’s your favorite travel app? Tell us about it in the comment section below. 🙂 Happy traveling!