Apps control the world; there is an app for everything! I am a real geek when it comes to travel gadgets, and it goes the same for travel apps. If it can make my life easier while on the road, help me get from point A-Z, tell me where the nearest café is (chai latte I see you) and maybe meet some travelers along the way, then say no more! Here is an updated, but not exhaustive list of my favorite travel apps. You can check out my post Top 12 best travel apps for more.
Yes, Instagram! Searching for #hashtags of some of the sites you’re itching to see before you get there. I like to save pictures, so I have a visual list of all the places and local eats I want to visit. Also, you can save, create and share the beautiful pictures of your travels with your family and friends. Memories and pictures last a lifetime!
This has become one of my favorite on the go picture editors. I don’t always take a DSLR when I travel, so when I don’t, I can count on this app. There is an assortment of different filters, vignettes, and manual editing capability. Even if you are not the best photographer, this app can make you look like one. See examples below.
Let’s talk about vlogging. This app helps you create high-quality videos, with text, music, filters and more. You can also share straight to Youtube if you’d like. I like using this to showcase 1-5 min videos blogs.
This is my best-kept travel secret! I LOVE Skyscanner! I had to bring this back on the list. It shows you the price of various flights worldwide. I use it whenever I want to book, as it pulls the best prices from airlines. Plus, you have a calendar view, so you can see when it’s the cheapest to book. Tip: You also have an option to view flight to" everywhere", which is great because it shows you cheap flights from your home airport to anywhere in the world.
Hopper can watch flights for you and notify you when they have dropped down in price.
Sometimes it not necessary to hire a car when public transport or walking becomes too much, use Uber or Lyft. It’s cheaper than a taxi and can be useful to get you to your hotel/hostel in a new city.
Second, best-kept travel secret. Rome2Rio shows you various options to get from point A to point B, train, flight, metro, etc. It compares different prices and also provides the most direct route. This is a must-have while traveling in Europe.
This app is fantastic! This app allows you to download offline maps, so you don’t have to rely on Wifi or data.
I’ve been to a few meetups before in new cities, and it helps to meet other people and break the ice. You can find most expat cities have language exchange or karaoke nights.
I try and stay clear of any hotel activity or trip packages if at all possible. Why? They are overpriced! Hostels offer free walking tours which are great but traveling like a local and getting local insider recommendations is even better! Viator is excellent because you get to do just that! They show you around sites, activities and eats you might not otherwise know or find in a travel book.