Why use apps for travel? If you’re like me, you want your trip to go smoothly and efficiently. I want the info I need to be at my fingertips so I don’t waste time, and so that I find the great food and sights to see, without getting lost, and keeping in my budget. Traveling with 5 kids, I am always looking for the best ways to achieve that sweet spot. I asked the best travel bloggers for their favorite apps for travel and they came up with over 70 of the BEST apps for travel!!! I divided them up into neat little categories, with short descriptions: first link is in the iTunes app store, the 2nd link is the Google play (android) link.
Map Apps for Travel: Where are you?
MAPS.ME – Offline Map & Nav (for android)– “more offline maps” for when you don’t have internet – TikiTouringKiwi.com. “Maps.Me for offline maps of every country. It includes all the sights, cafes, bars…” www.paulinaontheroad.com
CityMaps2Go Travel Guide (for android)– Design your trip with CityMaps2Go, the ultimate app for travelers who want to be prepared wherever they go. Discover amazing places, save and organize them in lists & share them with your friends. – RetiredAndTravelling.com
Transportation Apps: How do you get there?
Waze Navigation & Live Traffic (for android) “the most incredible app for road trips, giving real-time feedback to tell you the best route, avoid traffic/accidents/speed traps, and find back roads you would NEVER know about otherwise. We use it pretty much anytime we drive.” – GreenGlobalTravel.com
Wikiloc Outdoor Navigation GPS (for android)– millions of trails for hiking, running, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking; “great for hiking with off-line Maps and useful GPS when exploring cities” – Travelsauro.com
Rome2rio: find out how to get from a to b (for android)– “the best for finding local transport and budget airlines you might otherwise not know about” – FoodieFlashPacker.com and TheTravellingPinoys.com and Travels with Talek
Flightview – Flight Tracker (for android)– “For keeping track of flights, gates, etc. I do not (air) travel without it because it alerts me even before the airline when there is a gate change, delay, etc.” – aCorkForkAndPassport.com
Lodging Apps: Where to stay?
Airbnb – Airbnb, Inc. (for android) and Booking.com Hotel Reservations (for android)– “For booking rooms each night on a road trip this summer, we used Airbnb and Booking.com’s apps.” – RachelsRuminations.com
WikiCamps USA (for android)– “to find free/ cheap campsites when road tripping!” – ClairesFootsteps.com. “Lists free camp sites as well as paid ones and free parking spots. I have the Australian one but they are made for other countries too!” – www.budgettraveltalk.com
Eating Apps: What to eat and where to eat it?
Beanhunter – Find and share great coffee. (for android)– “It helps you find great coffee shops in each destination. A must for the digital nomad or the traveler looking for a spot of caffeine.” – TwoDrifters.us
WHA by Work Hard Anywhere – WiFi Cafes and Spaces (only in iOS)- “perfect for digital nomads and people who need internet when they travel. It ranks coffee shops near you by internet, seating, parking etc.! Has saved my sanity on numerous occasions.” – eternalarrival.com
Untappd – Discover Beer (for android) and Vivino Wine Scanner (for android)– “for keeping track of libations. Snap a pic of the label, and voila! Everything you need to know.” – http://passingthru.com
Sightseeing Apps for Travel: Must-See and Must-Do Activities
TripAdvisor (for android)– “for things to do and restaurants nearby as well as forums to answer questions you can’t find the answer to.” –HappinessTravelsHere.com. “When you take photos on your phone it creates a map of where you have been and what you have seen.” – https://www.contentedtraveller.com
AllTrails – Hiking & Running (for android)– “For those who enjoy outdoor adventures and hiking AllTrails is the perfect app to use! It has over 50,000 trail maps that are categorized by length, difficulty, and rating by other users. It also tells you which trails are dog-friendly, good for kids, and what views/sights to expect on the trails.” – PagesOfTravel.org
Communication & Language Apps: Talk to me!
Microsoft Translator (for android)– “With options to talk, take a picture, write and get a direct translation, this app has been the best when trying to pick food in a restaurant or when getting in a taxi. You can also download languages to use offline. – OrientExcess.com
Organization Apps for Travel: Money, Documents & More!
TripIt: Travel Organizer (for android)– “is our travel organizer. We upload all of our flights, hotels and activities into it and are able to access the info even when we are offline.” – ChristineKnight.me
NordVPN – Private & Secure VPN (for android)– “It brings the full power of VPN to your phone. You can access blocked websites (like media services) while overseas, plus you have the added security of a VPN.” – TravelAddicts.net
Currency & Budget Apps: How to pay?
Trail Wallet Travel Budget App (only in iOS)- easy expense tracker for travelers – VengaValeVamos.com. “To keep track of your expenses in multiple currencies” – BroganAbroad.com. “keeps us on budget, and lets us know how much we have to spend for the day. We can upload all the currencies we need, our daily budget and produces graphs of our spend.” – ToTravelToo.com. “To keep the budget in perspective.” – www.travelfarenough.com
Tripsget – trip cost and travel price finder (only in iOS)- trip cost and travel price finder, so you can find how expensive your next trip will be based on your own travel preferences and habits – TripsGet.com
Revolut – Beyond Banking (for android)– “Banking app for UK citizens that allows us to withdraw foreign currency with no fees” – WeeGypsyGirl.com. “For money related things. It’s an app for a pre paid credit card where you can freely exchange money at great rates. I basically use it as a bank account! It has saved me hundreds of USD.” – CoupleRTW.com
Mint: Personal Finance & Money (only in iOS)- “for budget and money tracking. Syncs to all our major credit cards and accounts so very easy to see spending across all accounts.” – FamilyWithLatitude.com
Photo Apps: Take and edit pictures!
Instagram (for android)– “Not for looking just at pretty photos, but I often discover new places I want to go to researching through the hashtags and locations.” – EverySteph.com. “Instagram is the most helpful travel app for figuring out current weather trends, best places to see and visit, what the location looks like within minutes, best views and more!” FollowMeAway.com
Apps for Travel in Specific Locations!
That’s (for android)– “That’s (+city name) includes all the big cities in China, including Beijing and Guangzhou. I for example use That’s Shanghai – it has English interfaces for searching news, events, bars, restaurants etc; you can book tickets, and it stores location information in both English and Chinese (handy to show to taxi drivers)” – Downbubble.com
Grab – Ride Hailing App (for android)– “Specifically in Southeast Asia: it is similar to Uber, but Grab tends to be cheaper and I find the drivers to be a bit more knowledgeable of where they are going!” – AroundTheWorldInKTdays.com
Traveloka Book Flight & Hotel (for android)– “a booking app for hotels and flights in Asia. I know there are gazillions of booking apps out there but this one in my own experience has given me so much big savings by giving jaw-dropping discounts in some occasions. The customer service via chat and email replies every few minutes.” – MariaRonaBeltran.com
For FUN! Apps for Travel that Make you Smile
Heads Up! (for android)– “A hilarious game for old and young during travel delays or after dinner. We’ve made new friends and cemented old family relationships with this game while travelling” – Zigazag.com
The Podcast App (for android)– “It’s free and you can download an endless number of episodes to play when you have no wifi. Even better if you have a splitter because then multiple people can listen at the same time. Works with Bluetooth too for road trips.” – TheGlobetrottingTeacher.com
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