We now live in a world where we have access to so much information all from our smart phones. Travel apps can make your travel experience significantly better and easier. In order to make the most of your next trip, take a look at the list below of Travel Apps I recommend you download!
This is a great app for scrolling through the best hostels. You can sort by rating, price, location… etc. It’s great and very reliable!
I would often check both Hostel World and the Booking.com app. Sometimes they offer different options, and also it isn’t limited to just hostels. You can find hotels on here as well!
This is so embarrassing but I never knew about couch surfers until very recently. It blew my mind how many people were offering you to crash at their place for FREE! So cool. Its also a great way to meet someone local who can show you around and give insights! I wouldn’t recommend staying with anyone on this app unless they have a few reviews and seem legit!
If you don’t feel like bumming around and are looking for something a little nicer, than Airbnb is a great app to have!
I was SO excited to find out they have Uber in soooo many places! I took Uber everywhere in Peru and Chile. The prices compared to taxi’s was insane. Uber is sooooooo cheap. Its amazing.
Google maps has an amazing feature where you can pre download maps. This way you can use all the features google maps has to offer without using any data!! Either before you leave, or when you have Wifi, download a bunch of maps and you can get turn by turn directions just like regular google maps without killing your phone bill!
GeoSure is an app that will give you real time security updates on different areas. So if safety is a concern, download this app! Other users update the app to let you know how safe a place is and what threats, if any, you may encounter while traveling.
Skyscanner is a great app to use when comparing flights. The app allows you to search flights from over 1,200 travel partners and promises to get you the best airfare on cheap flights around the world.
Get yourself a Whatsapp account. In Canada we don’t really use this app but every other person in the world does…. So do yourself a favor and download the app. It’ll be the best way for you to communicate with new friends you meet while traveling and keep in touch!
Netflix is the real MVP. They came out with this WONDERFUL download feature which allows you to download your favourite movies and shows and save them for later. Coming from someone who has been on over 200 flights, long ass bus rides and stuck in hostels with no wifi…. This feature will make your traveling experience A LOT better.
Guides by Lonely Planet
You know whats better than buying a lonely planet book for every city you’re visiting?? Downloading the app and having everything you could need at your fingertips.
Google Trips is a great new app not only as a travel guide but more importantly has an amazing trip planner. This app will will organize your plane tickets, hotel reservations and much more! It’s a super easy way to keep everything in one place and stay organized!
This is a good app if you’re starting to travel for the first time and need to be guided in the right direction in terms of a packing list. I would not rely on this list but use it as a starting point. The app is very simple to use, put in your gender, where and when you plan to go and fill out a quick list of activities you plan on doing. PackPoint will then generate a packing list of clothing, toiletries, gadgets, accessories… etc.
This is a nice little app to have in your back pocket. If you need to calculate currencies on-the-go, you can now access live exchange rates, view historical charts and calculate prices through this app.
Google Translate should be number one on this list. This is single handedly the most useful app to download. Super simple, super obvious but make sure you have it downloaded before you leave for a foreign country where English is not the first language.
It has your classic feature of typing something in one language and getting a translation in another language (which I used allll the time, to communicate with people who did not speak English or to know what something is on a street sign or at the grocery store) BUUUUT there is also another feature that is super unique. It has a “Google Lens” which allows you to open your camera, point it in the direction of something and it will translate it on the screen! Super helpful for menus.
Splittr is a GREAT app if you are traveling with one or more person. You can put in all your expenses on the app and put in who paid for what, and at the end of the trip you can figure out who owes who what. Its very very easy to use and EXTREMELY helpful.