I used to think apps were useless and refused to download any of them. Why would I use an app to do something I can do on my own? ahh….sweet innocence. How wrong I was! Now I wonder how I got by without them, well maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but these travel apps listed below have made all aspects of my travels so much easier and stress free. They help me with packing, planning, organizing, budgeting, and so much more – and i’m sure they’ll help you too! the best part is that every single one of them is FREE, so you don’t have to worry about a cost.
TOP 10 TRAVEL APPS
Evernote is the only app you need to stay organized. This is what I use to take notes, write down all my ideas, and create to-do lists. The app allows you to organize your notes into different notebooks (kind of like boards for Pinterest) and you can scan anything you want, draw in your notes, and set reminders. This makes it the perfect app writing down all your travel information that you need.
If you’re like me and have trouble remembering to even pack your underwear, then Packpoint is for you. It creates custom packing lists based on where you’re going, the season you’re traveling in, and the length of your trip. The app does a pretty good job of creating the lists, but just in case it’s not to your liking, you can edit the lists to add or remove things. Once you’ve packed an item away just check it off and you’re good to go. This app is great to make sure you remember everything and don’t overpack.
This app is how I stay within budget throughout my trip. In the app you can organize your expenses by trip or by month, set a budget, and add expenses as you go! When you make a purchase, simply add the amount into the app and at the end of the day you can see how you’re doing. If you’re over budget, Trail Wallet will tell you you’re spending habits so that you can see whats draining your money.
This app calculates live exchange rates and charts that are refreshed every minuted so it’s very reliable and accurate. They even store the last updated exchange rate so it works even when there is no wifi.
As you probably know, Trip Advisor is an incredible resource for researching the best places to go and eat while on your travels. The wealth of reviews and ratings for everything makes it easy to figure out what to put ion your travel to do list.
Traveling in a country that speaks a language foreign to your own can be daunting, and while i always recommend learning some common phrases in the local tongue, we can only learn so much in a short amount of time. That’s where Google Translate comes in. You can either type in words you want to translate, speak into a microphone, or take a picture. the ability to take photos of what you need translates really comes in handy when you are in a country that uses a different writing system (like japan) this way you can easily translate menus and signs. Of course, it’s not perfect, but it get the job done.
This app not only has audio and image translation, but also teaches you essential phrases in four different slang levels. But it doesn’t end there. It also offers in-depth culture guide crash courses for your destination. I’m talking everything you need to know, from etiquette, safety info, country/government info, dining guides and more. It also includes a tip calculator that adjusts to your chosen destination, a wifi phone for making international calls, and a currency converter. It’s essentially the swiss army knife of travel apps! Needless to say, this app is absolutely essential when traveling abroad and is of my favorites.
A great way to get around, it gives you directions and estimated travel times either by cars, public transport, or walking.
Offline maps for city navigation, that way you can get directions even without wifi. All you have to do is download the maps you’ll need in advance and you’re all set.
This is hands down the best of the travel apps for figuring out the best way to get from point A to point B. Just enter in a town, address, or landmark and the app will tell you the fastest way to get there by car, bus, taxi, ferry, train, or flight, and it will even tell you how much each will cost. It even provides links to those forms of transportation so you can have all the info you need immediately. This is my favorite way to plan my travel routes and it makes it easy and stress free.