The apps on your smartphone have likely saved your life more than once. Even the small ones like alarm clock, compass, weather, maps and calculator make your life a lot easier. But there are some apps you probably have never heard of that can change your whole travel experience.
Want to know where the good restaurants are, what the most convenient transportation is and what activities to do on a budget? There’s an app for that!
Now remember, you will likely still need to find Wi-Fi or a hotspot in order to receive the most up-to-date information, but you probably knew that already so I’ll just fast forward to where I tell you all the apps you need! Here they are…
Save all of your trip details in the TripIt app to keep your vacation in order. You can put all of your appointments, reservations and receipts in this app and it automatically adds them to your itinerary.
This free app gives basic information of each country allowing you to properly prepare for your adventure. In addition to interesting facts, it provides you with travel tips to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
This free app will help you find cheap flights, rental cars, hotels or activities etc. to where you are traveling. By downloading the app you can qualify for exclusive offers that will make your stay even more affordable.
Each airline has its own app that can help you find your gate, check-in and keep track of the status of your flight. Having the app instead of logging on through a desktop computer is easier and much more user friendly.
Not sure how to speak the language of where you are traveling to? Download this app and instantly learn all of the basic phrases you need to communicate. With all of the different levels and unique strategies available, you may even find yourself learning a lot more than you thought!
To find the right form of public transportation, use the network app designed for the area in which you are traveling to. For example MetrO is a public transit app, which is useful for many European countries. Some more of these apps include DB navigator (Germany), and thetrainline (UK).
TripAdvisor or Yelp
These apps are extremely popular and have millions of restaurant reviews and some of the best sights to see listed for you to choose from. The reviews are written by tourists who have traveled to the area, which is very different from other apps.
When you travel to a foreign country, oftentimes your data will not work there and you will not be able to make phone calls or send texts the way you could in your hometown. This app is a texting app that will allow you to not have to worry about losing contact with your family and friends back home. You can text all you want!
Instead of purchasing a postcard and mailing it to your family and friends the old fashioned way, snap a picture on your phone and custom make your own. This is then printed and sent anywhere you want!