It is 2019, and chances are if you travel halfway across the world, you will take the smartphone with you. So, why don’t you mix business with pleasure? Professional writers from Icheapessay.com have gathered the best apps for traveling that you want to apply in your life to make your own adventures happen in the best way possible.
1. Apps for Planning Your Trip
Before we dive into the topic, we should mention that most apps presented in this article are available for both IOS and Android users. Moreover, all of them are free of charge. So, feel free to use them.
The actual travel starts once you decide to “go somewhere else”. And if you are still deciding where to go, use Google maps. Yes, it is not only for paving the way from your home to the local pub. Type the name of the country, city, town or even a hotel and explore surroundings with street view, see photos from other users and get a feel of your next destination.
You could also take advantage of the following app: Roadtrippers. It is a great resource of travelers’ photo, reviews, and suggestions of places, accommodations, and restaurants that helps you find exciting places along your planned route.
2. Apps for Booking a Flight
We are pretty sure you have heard of Google Flights, but there are many other apps you can use to explore the best prices and book your flights such as Skyscanner, Kayak, Kiwi.com, and others. Now, we want to pay your attention to another app for booking a flight and choosing the best price options, it is Hopper.
What this app does is that it takes into account the fact that prices fluctuate and when you buy a ticket does matter. Have you ever seen sites that try to pressure you by saying “Oh! This still won’t last long” or “Last flight left”? Hopper has all these algorithms, knows the patterns and tells you “Hey, right know a trip to Peru costs $600. If you wait two months, it should go down at least $150.” The cool thing is it will send you an alert when it is time to buy a ticket for the cheapest price.
One more thing to consider before traveling is the mode of transportation in the country you are going to stay in. If you are traveling by train, use apps like Rail Planner Eurail, Amtrak, China Trains and others depending on your destination to book a ticket. Also, you can take advantage of some rental apps like Hertz, Enterprise, etc.
3. Apps for Comfortable Yet Cheap Accommodation
It should not come as a surprise that we mention Booking.com as an app for booking accommodation. But only to check and compare the prices, do not book a hotel room right away. There is a better option. We highly recommend you to use such an app as Airbnb. It offers you a million options and the opportunity to book the whole apartment for a really cheap price.
Moreover, there is usually a kitchen involved, so you can save a lot of money on food. It is a perfect app for someone who travels with friends, soulmate or parent – most of the rooms are set up at least for two people. So, that $100 per night stay just became $50. And do not forget there can also be a barbeque area, swimming pool or backyard to have some fun.
Airbnb connects regular people who share a passion for travel. Our recommendation for using this app would be to find a few homes that fit within your parameters, that are affordable, in a nice neighborhood. Then, shoot out a few messages to the hosts, introduce yourself, and see how they respond to you. If they are very robotic and it seems automated, it is not the best option. If they are going above and beyond telling you how they can pick you up from the airport, that is your person and your perfect stay.
4. Apps to Use When You Are at Your Destination Point
Ok, you have arrived at your destination. How to get to the center of the city? Where is the currency exchange? How to get around town? Where to go? If you did not think about all of that before, we suggest you download the standard set of apps which will help you to get your bearings even if you are on the edge of the Earth.
When you are traveling, it is overwhelming when you arrive at an airport and there is everybody to get you in a taxi. You might not know the currency, the fare from the airport or destination. So, there is a lot of ways for you to get ripped off just between an airport and your hotel. We are talking about such apps as Uber, Lyft, BlaBlaCar, Zipcar (rent a car by hours instead of days), Motiv (Bus Times, Train Times & Live Updates). In that way, you are guaranteed to get the right price.
If you drive or take a car from the rental, Waze is a perfect app for you. It tells you when there are police so you can slow down and warns you of traffic issues, potholes, and everything that can stand in your way. But there are places you are not going to have cell coverage, and with Google maps you can just grab the whole area and download that map to have offline.
The next app you want to download before your trip is Localear. Yes, it is kind of like TripAdvisor, but better. The purpose is that you are getting locals’ opinions about what to do in a city, where to eat, where to shop, where to go, where to hang out, etc. You can even build your own itinerary and save it for later.
The first thing we usually do when we arrive in a different country is grab our phone and try to make a cool picture to download it to our Instagram account and get millions of likes. So, the app which is called “Trover” will make your search for perfect spot much easier. Yes, it offers different locations where you can take gorgeous photos, but it is not just for photography. The app is divided into outdoors, art, and food, so you can find all three of those things there.
5. Apps for Your Travel Budget
Whenever you decided to go, you probably have a budget in mind. And we know that when you travel, it is easy to lose track of how much you are spending. This is what Trail Wallet (IOS only) is for. In this app, you can create different categories, such as food, transport, accommodation, etc. So, once your trip begins you won’t have to track your expenses all the time. There are some other similar apps like Mint, Trabee pocket, etc. which have the same purpose – to let you know when it is time to stop buying cocktails in bars to girls you have never met before.
If you travel with friends, Splitter is a must-have app to download. As you have already guessed, it helps you split expenses with your travel companions and save the nerves of your waitress.
A Little Bonus
As a little bonus for those of you who got to the end of the article, there are a couple of useful tips for last:
- Whether you like it or not, you will inevitably forget something. Accept it and pray it is not your passport.
- Do not you dare to mix whiskey and vodka. You will end up not in your neighbor hotel room but in a neighbor country.
- They say vacation calories don’t count, but they do.
- You won’t need this extra pair of shoes.
- What happened in Vegas, stays in Vegas.