No matter where you are travelling to in the world, we share the best free travel apps to help you plan your trip and travel with ease.
Travelling can be many things – exciting, rewarding, beneficial, and even therapeutic. But other than that travelling can be exhausting, dangerous, and insanely expensive. Is there a way to minimize the bad stuff to focus better on the good side of travelling? Why, yes. Consider using helpful mobile apps for travellers. Not quite familiar with those? Worry not.
Today, we’ll tell you about 9 mobile apps that can help travellers just like you have safe and pleasant trips. Let’s start, shall we?
Plane tickets aren’t the most affordable thing in the world. If you don’t have time to surf the Internet looking for the best offer, Skyscanner will do all the job for you. This application is capable of looking for all the flights to your destination – from over a thousand of sources.
The only thing left for you to do is to pick the offer that you find most appealing. Besides, the app has a chat feature that lets you see the cheapest dates to fly to your destination. This will help you plan your trip with ease. Skyscanner is available at both Google Play and App Store.
In for some fine cuisine or fun activities on your vacation? TripAdvisor is here to help you. This app has information and unbiased reviews for millions of places of interest. So before you book your hotel or get a reservation at a restaurant, make sure to research the place in TripAdvisor. Have a review of your own? Share it with millions of people through this app – warn them of a pitfall or tell of a wonderful stay/dinner. The app can be found both at App Store and Google Play.
Passport & ID Photo Maker
No travelling is possible if you don’t have a visa or a functioning passport. If you have no desire to wait in line at a photo studio to snap a picture you might not even like, then consider making an ID photo yourself. Passport & ID Photo Maker is one of the best apps to take a passport photo with. Basically, you just need to take a picture of yourself, pick a suitable template, and your 100% approvable picture will be ready to either print or submit online. The application is available for iOS only.
Don’t want to get stranded somewhere on the streets of a busy megapolis or on a lonely mountain trail. Make sure to have Google maps installed on your phone. With this app, you can not only access maps of your destination, but also get directions (for walking, public transportation, etc.), and make restaurant reservations. You can download it from the App Store and Google Play.
If you prefer to avoid staying at hotels, then Airbnb is the perfect app for you. With it, you can scout online for available rooms and houses you can rent. Just punch in your destination and dates, and you’ll have an avalanche of reasonably priced offers. This app is perfect for last-minute reservations and for managing your accommodation when you are on the road. The app is available for iOS and Android.
Might be the least obvious choice, but hear us out. You know that a fair amount of travelling we spend waiting. At the airport, aboard the plane, or on a shuttle to your accommodation just to name a few. You need to kill this time with pleasure.
This is where Netflix comes in handy. You have access to the best movies, documentaries and TV shows from the small thing in your pocket. Just be sure to download all the movies you’ll be watching to save on Internet expenses on the road. There are versions of the app both for iPhones and iPads and Android-based devices.
With this app, you can translate from and to 100 world languages. You can even translate a handful of languages just by snapping a picture of the text. If you are in a land where they use different characters, you can draw their semblance in the app to get a proper translation. Despite dealing with a complex issue, Google Translate is exceptionally easy to use and will become your most valuable asset in your travels. Download the app from App Store and Google Play.
Want to control your expenses? Trail Wallet is the tool for you. This is a travel expense tracker that allows you to keep track of all the money transactions and analyze them in hindsight. You can organize your data by month or trip, view your spending by categories and set a daily budget. Trail Wallet is only available for iOS.
Kiwi.com is a travel app to rule all travel apps. With it, you can not only find the best flights, rent cars, and book hotels and activities but also get directions to airport lounges, luggage storage and ATMs. This app is available both for Android and Apple users. Kiwi.com comes for iOS and Android.
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- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy, and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
- This is our favorite travel insurance because it covers so many activities and travel situations that could arise on longer trips but also offer year coverage.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.