Traveling can be stressful, so I’ve come up with a list of travel apps that goes beyond having Google Translate on your phone. From finding flights to translating your English to French slang, this list should help you in any sticky situation you may find yourself in.
If you’re planning on taking a flight anywhere, download this one. It tells you the best time to fly as well as the best time for you to actually purchase the ticket. It even notifies you on your home screen which proves incredibly useful if you are tracking a ton of flights at once like I am.
This one is a trip planner that shows you all the potential ways to get between two places. It brings up flight, train, bus, ferry, and driving options each with times and prices with them.
If you want an easy way to send money to your friends, use Venmo. I found this particularly useful if someone was booking a hotel for a group or a restaurant doesn’t split the bill. This one is a regular year-round, but is essential when traveling with multiple people.
I know, seems obvious, but I so wish I had this when I ended up eating cold, seafood-less pasta by the ocean in France one night. Let me tell you, believe the reviews you see on there.
5. City Maps 2go
If you are stuck without wifi but need to know where you’re going, this is the solution. It allows you to access maps offline and even save multiple trips for later. If you’re ever worried about a cab driver taking you a longer route, pull this up and make sure you’re not being scammed out of money!
I’m convinced this is one of the coolest apps on the market and I wish I had discovered it sooner. Aside from being a translator for any language, it lets you pick if you want the phrase translated formally, casually, or in slang, which can be incredibly important in certain areas. It also gives you access to a live translator, a phrasebook, a tip calculator and a lot more. It prompts you o buy the premium version when you download, but it is by no means necessary for getting a lot out of this app.
As I visited more and more shops, I realized so many places (especially the smaller businesses) offer discounts or free items when you review them on this app. It’s also obviously great for finding reviews on spots you may want to visit.
As an American, I had no idea what this even was before visiting Europe. It’s essentially just a texting app, but it allows you to communicate over wifi in case you don’t have an international travel plan. Oddly enough people use this out there even if they have data and live in the country. It’s not uncommon for someone to ask for your Whatsapp instead of your number!
9. Currency Exchange
Really good for doing conversions quickly. Instead of going to Google, it’s a fast way to be able to access 160 conversions with just a few clicks.
A little more small scale, but so good for planning. Put in your destination and pick out the places and sights you want to see on the way. It creates a map personalized to your trip along with estimating how much you’ll spend on gas, how long it should take, and really everything else you may need along the way!
What are your must-have travel apps? Let me know in the comments below!