IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING A TRIP SOON, THERE ARE A FEW APPS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU A LOT WHILE ON THE ROAD. THERE ARE, OF COURSE, MORE APPS THAN LISTED HERE BUT THESE ARE THE 10 APPS THAT I THINK ARE BEST.
This app – aforementioned in my previous blog post – is definitely my personal favourite travel app and I use it on a daily basis. In big cities like London, Madrid, Copenhagen, Rome and many more, it might be difficult to get the hang of the public transport. With this app you will always know where to get on the bus, train or tube and how many stops to ride towards your destination. Well…. as long as you have WiFi.
I am a huge fan of BlaBlaCar! It basically is a carpool-app. If you need to get someplace or are going somewhere and have a spare seat in the car, put your trip on BlaBlaCar and save on train tickets or gas money by splitting the cost with everyone else in the car. To place trips or react to posts you need an account. Make sure to always read the profile of the people you plan on travelling with and again: trust your gut.
Need a place to sleep but all out of money? Don’t worry! With the couchsurfing app you can find a place to crash on your phone. Make sure to create an account and profile before you begin your adventure, it’s way easier to do it on your laptop/PC than on your phone.
Safety Tip: Always have a backup – hostel, BnB, hotel, etc. – and trust your gut! If it doesn’t feel right, get the hell out and find a place safe. A free place to stay is not worth it if you don’t feel safe.
4) Lonely Planet Guides
Everyone knows the Lonely Planet Travel Guides and books, but did you know that there is also a Lonely Planet Guides app? In this app the Guides go per city and you will find all the major cities in this app. Download them while on WiFi and use them offline!
If you love learning new languages this app is definitely for you! With Duolingo you can easily learn the basics of a new language in no time. You do, however, have to be fluent in English cause this is the default language. I am currently using it to improve my Spanish!
When looking for a hotel, flight, restaurant, things to do or holiday rentals, TripAdvisor will give you a little inside on the matter. It provides reviews, pictures and important information like address, nearest station and phone numbers.
7) Google Translate
This one really doesn’t need an explanation but I’ll give you a short one anyway. If you don’t speak every language in the world – seriously, who does? – you might end up in a place where they don’t speak English and you don’t speak their language either. So to still be able to ask the way or find out how much you have to pay for your souvenirs, Google Translate will come in handy. You can even download two languages in advance, so you don’t need WiFi to use it.
If you don’t need a hotel per see and a hostel, Inn or Bed and Breakfast might also do, use Booking.com. Choose your location and add filters – Price Range, Star Rating, Facilities, Property Type, etc – to find the ideal stay for you. There are over a million properties to find via Booking.com, you’ll easily find one that is to your liking.
9) XE Currency
I don’t know why we still don’t have just one currency for the whole world; you would think that it’d be convenient. But I’m no expert in Economy so there is probably a good reason for it. It can be a bit annoying while travelling if you don’t know the exchange rate though. A little mistake, like a misplaced point or comma, can cost you a lot of money. Luckily for us, XE Currency is always up to date on the current exchange rate. Simply just choose your currency and see how much 1 pound, dollar or rupee – for example – is worth in your own currency.
Looking for a hotel? Use Trivago, it compares different sites and gives you the best price for a hotel room. Not sure where you are? No problem, Trivago can also use your current location so you will always find a hotel close to you. So…. Hotel? Trivago!
Enjoy your travels!