The great thing about traveling nowadays is that you can stay connected through smartphones, tablets and other nifty devices. When I was a young traveler, I had no choice but to pull out large, paper maps in order to find my way around a new city. Now, my travel bags are lighter because I can fit guides, compasses and heavy roadmap books all on my mobile telephone. Bravo, technology!
In the last few years, I have started using apps to make my vacations a more delightful experience. Apps have helped with our family’s itineraries, making our travel experiences more fluid and concise. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
8 Travel Apps You Need to Install on Your Phone
Book That Flight!
There are so many booking apps flooding the Internet. Hopper is my go-to app for booking flights at the lowest rate possible. Not only does it provide you with great prices, but they also outline all of the airline company’s policies: with Hopper, the fine print isn’t so small! They make consumers aware of details, fees, cancellations, etc.
How do You Say…?
When we travel overseas, one of the biggest challenges is getting to know the primary languages of the countries we are visiting. Having the Google Translate app on my phone is handy and convenient. It definitely beats having to lug around dictionaries and books of phrases!
Let’s Go This Way!
We love getting around like the locals. Citymapper shows us how to make our way around cities by our choice of transportation: car, subway, bus, rail, ferry, bike, Uber, etc. Citymapper also provides their users with transit maps, line status and real-time disruption alerts. Its coverage goes from North America (major cities in USA and Canada), Latin America, Europe and all the way to Australia.
Convert Those Dollars
The XE Currency App is free and provides live exchange rates and charts. I keep this handy whenever I am preparing to leave for vacation. As soon as I see the exchange at a great rate, I go ahead and convert my U.S. dollars at the bank! It’s a great way to save money for your travels.
If ever you’ve taken a connecting flight, you probably know how long some layovers could be. With the LoungeBuddy app, you can view, book and access airport lounges around the world. Talk about convenience!
Plan it Out
I am all about organizing. TripIt allows me to make my itinerary for my upcoming trips, which I love. All I have to do is forward my confirmation emails to the app’s specific address and it will create a master itinerary that’s accessible anytime, anywhere.
What do you Recommend?
Have you ever found yourself wondering about a city’s local dive bar? Want to take your partner to a 5-star restaurant, but don’t know where to go? This is why I downloaded the TripAdvisor app. I use them as a reference for hotels and restaurants on my computer. Now, I have them accessible through my cellular device. Awesome!
What to Bring
PackPoint is a packing list builder to suit all of your travel needs. Just tell the app the duration of your trip, your destination’s weather and your planned activities, and it’ll suggest what to bring in your suitcase!
Have you ever tried any of these apps? Do you love to travel? Which of these apps would benefit you the most? Let me know in the comments below!
All of the aforementioned apps are available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.