Apps make life easier, it is not just something that we say it is now actually true. From fitness to cooking, apps just make it so that everyone is an expert. Travel apps are also part of my life, a really big part since I travel quite often. From booking, to packing and just being more efficient overall, apps have the answer. You don’t have to drag along backpacks packed with guidebooks and roadmaps, this can now all be found in one device.
There are thousands of different travel apps, so which one works for you? Trial and error brought me to this list, these are my personal favourites and all of them can be downloaded on most devices and are FREE (at moment of writing this post). So start downloading and get inspired!
Hopper – Airfare Predictions is a new favourite of mine, it predicts the optimal time to buy your flights by analyzing millions of airfares every day and picking out the best moments to buy your ticket. If you have flexible dates Hopper’s calendar can pick out the cheapest date in the month to fly out. If you want to travel on a specific date it has this cool feature called “Watch a Flight”, this sends a notification to your phone when the flight of your desire drops to a historical low.
Before hopper I used Kayak, The last few months of 2015 I started using both. At the end Kayak told me that a flight to Phuket was at its lowest on a certain date and would cost me 500 euros. Kayak however, told me to wait a little longer. Two days later I found a return flight to Phuket for 450 euros. 50 euros below what Kayak told me!
Airbnb, Inc. is the most diverse booking site I have ever come across. I do still like Booking.com and often use it. But Airbnb is my new favourite! It has been up and coming in the last few years and is now home to more than 1 million listings. The rental options range from apartments, rooms and sofa’s to castles and penthouses. There is something to be found for anyone, and more importantly for anyone’s budget! The only thing you have to do to get into your new place is authenticate your identity (just take a photo of your ID or passport) and arrange where you can pick up the key.
I often travel outside of Europe, which means a different currency. Converting from Euros to Dollars, Baht or Rupiah has given me more headaches than I could ever count. XE has been the perfect app for me, I’ve tried some other ones but the marketing and pop ups where annoying as hell. So from now on I stick with XE, it updates and stores data everytime you are online. So if the whole financial world hasn’t crashed and burned since the last time you had WiFi, you should be fine with converting on the XE app.
Google Translate was always useful, but now it has lifted itself to a whole new level. It recently released “Conversation mode”. This means that by simply opening the app, hold it between people speaking different languages and Google Translate will try to translate it right there and then. It is not perfect, as we know, Google Translate in general still makes mistakes. It is however such a great step in the right direction and it can bring messages across way easier. I even managed to lower the price of a really nice scarf on a market in Indonesia.
With Mint iBudget you can easily organise your finances, keep an eye on your travel budget and track all expenses. It’s a safe and secure app because it’s a “read-only” service, which means that you can’t move funds between accounts, and neither can anybody else. I myself make it some kind of a sport on some of my trips to keep my budget as low as possible. I love telling other about it and helping them do the same. This is a perfect way to not forget what I did and what I spend my money on.
Explore: World Around Me
World Around Me (WAM) was rated as the top traveler app by National Geographic Traveler. Pick what you are looking for – restaurant, bar, station, atm etc, hold your phone on eye-level and just point your camera on anything around you and you will find loads of options. You can find reviews, opening hours, contact details, directions and so much more. I especially love the WiFi availability, sometimes I just need to connect to the world and it can be so hard to find a proper WiFi connection! You can also vary the distance where you want to look, it could be 100 meters but also 20 or 50 kilometers. Only thing is that the app is best used outside, in some of my hotel rooms it couldn’t seem to find its location.
Craft and share pro-quality images from your device using simple yet powerful tools built with Adobe Photoshop technology. You can seriously perfect your shots in a tap with loads of different option. Experiment with color, adjust clarity and add vignettes. You can even connect to other Adobe apps like Photoshop Fix to retouch and refine your work. I swear by this app, at first I got the free trial, but I just had to buy it, it makes my photos perfect!
Triposo is filled with mini city-guides and recommendations for hundreds of destinations around the world. When you download the app just make sure you also download the guides for the places you’re visiting, and you’ll have restaurant, accommodation, walking tour, museum and bar suggestions right where you want them. No need for Google and often no need for WiFi!
I’m wondering, what are your favourite travel apps for this year? I’d love hearing about them, always open for inspiration!
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