My Favorite Travel Apps

Apps have become a main staple of every-day life. We use them to calculate our finances, look for new apartments and stay up on current events. Most importantly we use them to stay connected to the world. I utilize apps all the time, however, when I travel there are a few that are my go to. I love these apps because not only do they take some of the headache away from travel planning but they can help you to save money too! All of these apps are free to download, some have in-app purchases.

Airbnb

Airbnb is my first stop for accommodations. One thing I try to do as a traveler is to do as the locals do and if I can rent an apartment in a destination that’s one step closer to being a local. For me renting an apartment allows me to have control over my comings and goings and flexibility at meals. I love to cook so being able to go to a local market and prepare meals for myself while traveling is not only helpful it’s cost effective. Airbnb helps you do all that and more. I’ve stayed at Airbnb locations around the world and I love the unique (yeah, I said it) options available for accommodations. Everyone decorates differently, therefore, each Airbnb is entirely different from the next. Also, you are able to stay in neighborhoods, where people actually live. Airbnb’s app is easy to use and provides filters so you can select the amenities you require to have a great stay. This app also provides booking on the fly. You can turn on the instant booking feature and be confident in your reservation for the night, week or month.

I’ve stayed at Airbnb locations around the world and I love the unique (yeah, I said it) options available for accommodations. Everyone decorates differently, therefore, each Airbnb is entirely different from the next. Also, you are able to stay in neighborhoods, where people actually live. Airbnb’s app is easy to use and provides filters so you can select the amenities you require to have a great stay. This app also provides booking on the fly. You can turn on the instant booking feature and be confident in your reservation for the night, week or month.

TripScout

One of the things I love about this app TripScout is how interactive it is. I’m a researcher at heart and like to have a loose game plan before I travel anywhere, knowing full well that I may not hit every item on the list. I then use TripScout once I’m at my destination. It provides curated tours and audio tours as well as a fully functional map that can be used offline. This is one of the best features. Apps tend to need an internet or data connection in order to work but those travel apps that work without are gems. Just download the guide before your trip and know that you have a map available no matter what. It’s genius and I love it! Although TripScout does have a ton of destination they are still working on many others so if you don’t see a destination you can request that they create one, which is awesome.

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Google Translate or iTranslate

I tend to go back and forth between these two. Both are great apps when you’re traveling, especially to an area where you’re not familiar with the language. Just select the country you wish to translate and you’re off and running. I like iTranslate because of its simplicity, however, if you do not have an internet connection or cell service you’re out of luck. Google Translate, for this reason, is a bit better. Ensure that you download the language that you wish to translate while you have service or wifi and you can utilize the app when you’re out of coverage.

Rome2Rio

If you haven’t heard of Rome2Rio and you’re traveling, please download it. This app is a fantastic planning tool. It provides real-time travel options, whether you’re traveling within a city or from country to country. When I was traveling around Europe I found it invaluable. It provided me with all of the options available to me for travel broken down by fare and travel time. On top of that, you also have the option to purchase through the app. Once you’ve found the travel option you want you can just click and it will push you through to the appropriate agencies so you can book your travel. Talk about a time and money saver!

XE

The XE app is invaluable to me. When you’re traveling from one country to another you may not have a solid grasp on the exchange rate, unless you’re a wiz at the stock market. XE gives you live mid-market rates, so, you know what the exchange rate at that moment, where-ever you are traveling. It’s easy to use however because it uses up to date information it will require data or wifi in order to stay current. My suggestion, while you’re at a wifi spot check the rates and you’ll have a good idea going throughout the day of what you’re spending.

These are a few of the apps I use to ease my travel, what are some of the apps you can’t live without when you’re on a journey? Until next time.

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