Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
There are so many travel apps available to make your journey easier. I’ve curated a list of some of the best travel apps that can help you save money, plan your route, and document your memories. From travel essentials like finding free WiFi and translating languages to helpful tips like fighting jet lag and packing just enough clothes, everything you need for a stress-free and efficient travel experience can be stored right in your pocket. There are so many cool travel apps, I want to download them all. Now, where to go next…
One of the best travel apps, Packing Pro starts your vacation process off right, before you even leave your house. With a huge master catalog of over 800 items including extra items for babies, kids, pets, sports, and cooking, travellers can create personalized lists for different types of travels. The Expert List Assistant can automatically create a list based on the destination and weather, number of people, number of days, and clothes washing preferences – and there’s a sample packing list for couples, families, business people, and campers. The app can be customized with layouts, fonts, and colours, and supports iCloud and CSV Import/Export functionalities. You’ll never forget your toothbrush again. This may be one of my favourites.
With GasBuddy, you’ll owe thanks to friends in faraway places for saving you a few extra cents. When you do hit the road, the app lets you search and share gas prices by city or postal/zip code in the USA and Canada on your hunt for the cheapest. It’s great for road trips or even rides to the airport. And, by helping others save money, you’ll have the chance to win a gas card for yourself!
The traveller-favourite website, Airbnb, has created an app to make it easier for travellers to find last minute or long-term accommodations on the go. With over 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, it’s easy to find a place to stay or make some extra cash by renting your own flat. Book your stay, message your host, and find directions all in one spot.
Similar to Airbnb, this app allows you to stay with locals or become a host. The community consists of over 9 million travellers in 120,000 cities around the world. But more than providing accommodations, the Couchsurfing Travel App helps people build relationships and explore their new city with a local. You can even meet up with travellers at Couchsurfing events and make new friends wherever you are.
The new way to hail a cab, Uber makes it super easy to find a ride. Tap your phone to set your pickup location and request a ride. A driver will accept, pick you up, and already know where you’re heading. For your safety, you’ll see your driver’s name, license plate number, photo, and rating before they arrive. Pricing is clear (the app can calculate a fare estimate in advance), and your fare will automatically be charged to your credit card, with a receipt emailed to you within minutes. You can even split your fare – and no need to tip.
A one-stop shop for travel guides and maps, Stay combines the knowledge of local experts to bring the best of restaurants, cafes, Wi-Fi- hotspots, nightlife, attractions, museums, architecture, and more in over 150 cities. Access maps offline without the pesky roaming charges and easily add places you want to visit to create your own personal travel guide.
A simple one, but an important one: Instantly find free wireless internet hotspots in over 50 counties. And, you don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi to use it (duh). Filter by what’s closest to you, specific geographic areas, or location type (café, library, etc.). You can also bookmark your favourite spots.
Find your way around complex transportation systems with Metr0’s subway, bus, tram, and railway routes in over 400 cities. Travellers can download and install their destination in advance and then search routes without network connection.
While text-based translator apps are common, this app allows you to recognize text from a photo and translate it without WiFi. Use this to translate menus, public transportation signs, instructions, and more.
Input your departure and arrival city, flight times, and your usual wake up and bed time to receive notifications to help you conquer jetlag. The app will create a customized plan of action to take before you leave, during your flight, and when you arrive. You’ll know when to wake, sleep, get sunshine, stay in the dark, and change the time on your watch to help reduce the effects.
Use Trip Journal to document and share your travels with friends and family. Post photos and videos, write notes in your journal, and track the route you travelled and comments you made along the way. Trip Journal can share to social media and shows stats like distance, time, and geography travelled. You’ll remember your trip forever (and make your friends jealous).
What are some of the best travel apps that you have used? Share them below!