If you’re a traveller, you sure want to have all the practical information handy way before you land in a new country. And even though you might have visited it before, you certainly should be always ready to handle all travel circumstances and situations but to focus more on how to get the best out of your trip, circumstances like to navigation, transportation, places to visit, travel budget management, currency rate differences etc. unless you’re Wikipedia and know everything on this planet.
Travel apps are always your best friend in this case. Thats why in this post I would like to share with you this list of top 12 traveller apps which I personally use to make my all my travels abroad organized and well planned without any major struggles.
I will categorize the list blow into 5 sections:
- Packing & Preparations
- Budget Management
- Transportation & Navigation
- Communication & Entertainment)
1. Packing & Preparations
1.1 Trip List Packing List Manager
If you need a little help to pack properly and not forget your charger or toothbrush at home, the Travel List app helps you easily organize the items you’ll put in your suitcase. You can add a reminder for the things you have to pack at the last minute, so you’re all set before you leave. This app can also help you plan every stop of your trip and won’t let you miss out on anything. Add events to your calendar or set one-time or regular alerts.
2.1 Accuweather – Superior Accuracy
Stay connected and be prepared for the latest in weather forecasting with AccuWeather during your travel, specially if you are heading to Europe as the weather in east and central Europe is so unpredictable, so its good to be aware what you’re going through and to take the right clothes for the right season based on the weather forecast of your your destination.
2. Budget Management
There is a selection of apps out there to help you split bills (Tipulator, Splitwise etc), but Splittr is geared up for travelling, providing a simple platform to share costs between friends. You can enter expenses as you go, including who paid what and the app will do the rest. A nice touch for longer, multi-destination trips is that all currencies are supported and you can mix currencies without having to do the conversion yourself.
Very important app help me a lot Money with currency exchange rate calculating application. iMoney app provides calculation between 170+ most frequently used currencies, friendly-use user experience.
Considered as the fastest growing companies/app around the world (after Uber) – If you are budget traveller, solo/couple traveller(s), or on long term travel plan – Airbnb will sure suit your needs and expectations, but if you are family (wife, kids, parents) this might not suit you the best.
For the past two years, I have found my Airbnb experiences during all my Euro trips was very pleasant for housing. It is a less sterile and anonymous experience than a hotel stay and cheaper too. It is a chance to be in another person’s living space, to glimpse their lifestyle and interests and knowledge as a country locals, and to be part of the sharing community. I’ve learned something from each guest I experience in each country – in good and bad ways!
One of the most popular apps for accommodations and housing, what I like about Booking.com is the variety of options you can filter out with based on your budget, location and all quality standard. If you are not a fan of accommodating in somebody’s place for privacy reasons Booking.com if your choice as you can find all types of accommodations for Hotels, hostels, apartments, villas etc.
4. Transportation & Navigation
4.1 Google Maps
For me its the most used travel app during any of my travels, not only for navigation purposes but also for transportation purposes. My favorite feature in google maps ‘besides its accurate navigation’ that it can also show all the bus, tram and metro numbers for which you need to take it either (transit/non-transit) to arrive to the point you’re heading to.
However if you are renting the car, Waze app is your best friend specially as a foreigners who know nothing about city, street shortcuts and speed limit rules in each street your are driving . The coolest feature i like in Waze is the speedo meter shown on the bottom corned of the screen which notify you with the allowed/limited speed in each street, otherwise if you are crazy driver (like me) it show you all the police points up to 3 kilometers before the you cross by the police point, to slow down and stick to rules to avoid any kind of fines, also it let you to avoid traffics and accidents.
For travel emergencies UBER is your savior, as i don’t recommend at all to use local taxies in any country you are traveling to, if you are not up to public transportation, use UBER is the best taxi app in the whole world, but to have a backup plan, before your travel destination check what are the countries/cities UBER operates in because it got banned in some European cities recently.
Find here all the cities which UBER is active in.
5. Communication & Entertainment
Use this cool app to send your family/friends a nice postcard with your photo from anywhere in the whole world. All you have to do is it take a photo with your phone, upload it to Postagram, choose a cool post card layout and add the address you would like to send the post card – One post card from anywhere to anywhere cost around 3$ and delivered in 3-4 weeks
5.2 Time Out
Time Out app is a great directory of ideas of things to do in cities around the world. With coverage from Accra to Amsterdam, Edinburgh to Singapore, the app covers everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events. The event finder is a particularly useful tool, meaning you’ll never struggle to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. You can also book restaurants and concert tickets through the app and create a customised travel guide for your holiday.
5.2 Google Translate
This translator can be a useful tool to support your own, more serious language translations, but realistically, it’s most useful on a practical level quickly translating day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text – such as a sign or a menu – and Google will translate it for you instantly. It’s an essential app for any traveller.
Hope you find it useful, if you have any further recommendation for any useful travel applications, please leave a comment with the app name and i will include it in the post to let everyone know about.
Thank you for reading!