Aside from our Passports, there is one thing we can’t live without when it comes to travel – our phones! Long gone are the days of lugging around translation books, maps & itineraries. Nowadays, we have the world in the palm of our hands and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite / best apps for travel. While we wouldn’t recommend relying on your phone for everything, it has become quite the amazing travel tool.
– Our 15 best apps for travel –
HotelTonight, what would we do without you? This app has landed us a 5-star stay at the Shangri-la in Makati for only $190. That’s pretty good considering an average night stay at that hotel is upwards of $350 a night for a standard room.
Here’s why you get great deals: When Hotels have unsold rooms, they give them to HotelTonight. HotelTonight then lists these unsold rooms on their app at slashed prices – sometimes upwards of 70% off. This is by far one of our favorite ways to get the lowest prices on some of the best hotels in town.
When visiting new places, especially with a large group, we prefer to use Airbnb over hotels. This is especially true when visiting places like Europe where they only allow 2-3 people per room. With AirBnb, you can find large spaces for less $ than the cost of a one bedroom hotel. We also love the ‘authentic’ experience we get from staying at a local’s home. (Word of advice: Be sure to read guest reviews, look through photos and open the map to ensure you are in the area you want to be. | For more tips, read our post “Airbnb Search Tips“).
3. XE Currency Converter (FREE)
Calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates with this free currency converter. We use this FREE app anytime we travel outside the US. It supports all world currencies and uses live data to ensure you are getting the most current information.
4. Packing Pro (2.99)
Packing pro is the best packing up we’ve come across. The app offers a huge catalog of over 800 items or you can create your own. You can also use the Expert list-making tool to automatically customize your own based on the number of adults (males & females), children & days, as well as temperature, destination, food prep & clothes washing preferences. Pretty nifty wouldn’t you say?
5. TripIt (FREE)
TripIt instantly organizes all your travel plans in one place. We use this app to store our hotel bookings, car rentals and plane tickets. Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to email@example.com and TripIt will create a master itinerary for each of your trips. TripIt also syncs with your emails ato automatically create a detailed itineraries. One of our favorite features is their flight delay or cancellation notification via mobile.
6. Google Translate (FREE)
Google Translate is our go-to for help with translation. While you’ve probably visited Google Translate through your browser, you can now take it with you on your phone. There are over 103 languages in the database which makes it the perfect translation tool to take with you almost anywhere. The app gives you three ways of entering a word or phrase. Either type it in, speak into your microphone or snap a photo for instant camera translation.
7. Gate Gure (FREE)
This is our buddy when it comes to the day-of travel. Gate Guru will give you real-time updates on your itinerary – wait times, gate changes & flight delays. From the apps ‘Airport Card’F, you can quickly access amenity information, maps, weather forecasts and airport tips. You can even reserve a rental car.
8. UBER (FREE to download)
We’d be shocked if you haven’t heard of Uber. This ride-sharing app has forever changed the way we travel from point A to point B. There’s no need to wait for a taxi or bus any longer. Simply visit the app installed on your phone, tap to request a ride, pay with a credit card, and you are on your way.
9. Wi-Fi Finder (FREE)
We always recommend turning off roaming on your phone to avoid hefty charges. If you’re looking to connect to the internet, install the Wi-Fi App. It will help you find FREE WiFi hotspots in more than 50 countries around the world: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United_States, Vietnam.
The most best part? You don’t need to be connected to Internet to find the nearest hotspot — all the hotspots are stored locally on you device.
10. Skyscanner (FREE)
Skyscanner is an all in one travel app. Over the years we’ve scored some pretty sweet deals on transportation and accommodations. You can easily search flights, hotels, and cars all in one place. Why roam the internet for hours when you can find everything you are looking for in one place?
We still feel that this is one of the best navigation apps around. This app is a great resource if you are looking for nearby gas stations, transportation, restaurants, museums etc. Also, if you’re looking for transportation options in other countries, you can also download specific areas for offline use.
12. Whats App (FREE)
If you’re like us and want avoid roaming charges but want to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, download WhatsApp. The app is free to use + download! We just love the sound of that. All you need is WiFi or a 3G connection. The app will sync all your contacts automatically from your phone within seconds and you will be able to text anyone for free. When traveling abroad, simply find a hotel or restaurant with free wi-fi to keep in contact with family and friends.
13. TravelSafe (.99)
When traveling to a foreign country, it’s best to have access to emergency numbers: medical, embassy, police, fire. With TravelSafe, you can carry this info with you regardless if you have an internet connection.
14. Evernote (FREE)
We use this for EVERYTHING, not just travel. When it comes to taking notes, we highly advise you try this app. Evernote allows you to take notes, capture photos, create to do lists and even record voice reminders. It’s the perfect app to document your travels.
15. Skype (FREE)
While we love keeping in contact via text/facebook/phone, sometimes it’s nice to see family and loved ones face to face. This app allows you to make video calls to other Skype users for free over 3G or WiFi. You can also make reduced rate phone calls, especially long-distance.
We hope you find this list useful on your next trip! Tell us, what are your favorite / best apps for travel?