Best Travel Apps of 2016

Travel Apps

 

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

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!

 

 

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

Airbnb

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.

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

XE Currency

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.

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

 

Google Translate

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.

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

Mint

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.

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

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.

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

Lightroom

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!
Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get downloading. By http://wonderluhst.net

Triposo

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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27 Responses

  1. Polina
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    Hi!

    I’m going back to basics and have to say my favorite is Google maps because once you load your map on wifi, you can roam about the city while the map works offline and still gives you your location and or directions. There are some great ideas here that I will sure utilize!

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    thanks for sharing!

    -Polina

  2. Jennifer St Louis
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    Great list. I don’t know what I would do without Google Translate. It’s so helpful. I am not familiar with Hopper – I will try it out. Thanks!

  3. evaecasey
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    I just downloaded Hopper! Always looking for a good flight deal! I personally would be lost without Google Translate! And I love how you can use the camera to translate menus and stuff! Also one of my friends told me about an offline map app called maps.me but I haven’t used it yet!

  4. Joanna
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    Thank you for this insightful post! WAM app looks especially tempting to me, definitely need to try it out 🙂

  5. Jenni Legate
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    I like Maps.me – it’s available offline. Google maps has let me down too many times. I will have to try Hopper. Great post! Thanks.

  6. Brenda
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    I was familiar with most of them, but it was good to know a few more! My favorites right now are Skyscanner and Hipmunk to find cheap tickets.

  7. John
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    Don’t forget plain old Pinterest…. great for inspiration!

  8. Sandra
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    XE currency of course!! I also use Money from Jumpsoft (paid version) because I’m a budget control freak (and it helps that you can add your expenses in whatever the currency you’re using, and it converts the total amount spent into your local currency). And Period Tracker by Monthly Cycles (paid version too), because, well, health and comfort on and off travel 🙂

  9. Isabel Leong
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    Great guide! I’ve used at least 5 of the apps you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

    • anne030890
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      Thank you for reading!

  10. northroad
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    Great apps, I use most of them! And I would also add a decent navigational app Spyglass. It works great when offline, assuming that you pre-open the maps that you need in advance. It shows your accurate coordinates and your current position on a map, allows to mark locations and waypoints, share your locations with friends and much more. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

  11. couplertw
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    Some good ideas for me to try in future…
    Love the style of your blog. very clean

    • anne030890
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      Thank you so much. Always nice to hear some positive feedback!

  12. shussey27
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    Google Translate and Xe are my two fav apps! Always useful to know what is being said and how much things cost! 🙂 The rest I can figure out myself 🙂

  13. DrifterHannah
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    Great – thanks for this! I knew most, but there’s a couple I’d never heard of that will make my travels easier!

    • anne030890
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      You should def try them, there is so much Thai food out there, but these are truly some of the best you could eat!!

  14. Jo
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    This is a great list. I have only used XE and Google translate in my 11 months in Indonesia – These other apps are now added to my list 😉

    • anne030890
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      Awesome! I love XE, when I first got to Australia I used it all the time, it is just too damn hard to calculate everything in your head. Maybe it also doesn’t help that I’m not good with numbers.. Indonesia is so pretty btw, kind of jealous that you were there for 11 months WOW !!

  15. Kevin Wagar
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    Very cool! I wasn’t aware that Lightroom had an app. I must get that and link it to my CC account!

    • anne030890
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      I know right! I just found out about 2 months ago, I love it though. It is so much better than any of the other edit apps out there.

  16. thetraveloguer
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    Great list of travel apps! I must try Hopper, that’s cool that it found cheaper flights than Kayak. I didn’t know you could get Lightroom as an app, I must try that too!

  17. Rishabh & Nirali
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    Great List, I keep hoarding these lists because ever so often I find a gem which exactly fits our needs! Thanks for sharing

  18. Ashlee
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    I am really loving Tourist Eye by Nat Geo! So many great ideas!

  19. Brooke
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    I didn’t know about the Explore-App but have been looking for exactly that! Cheers

  20. Jack
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    Since I mainly use a travel journal to keep up with the folks at home, I’ve been using TRAVLER on my iPhone. It’s quite new and making a journal is quick and easy. On- and offline, so I can also use it during my flights. It does what I want it to do: photos, videos and notes + a local and online journal. And hey, I’m on a trip and I don’t want to spend too much time with all kinds of extra features.

  21. Ricky
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    Great list! I use XE Currency a lot for currency exchange. Also I use Airbnb for my travel booking needs..Never heard of Triposo though. Will give try!

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