Travel Apps: 9 Of The BEST Every Traveler Needs On Their Phone

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Travelling without your phone would be a lot like travelling without money. Sure you could probably survive … but at what cost? Things would get real uncomfortable real quick. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Since you’re going to have your phone on you anyway, you might as well download a few travel apps that could put your mind at ease and make traveling abroad a bit more simple.

Use your phone for more than just saving travel content from the gram. Keep reading to discover 9 of the best travel apps every traveller should have on your phone right now.

Airbnb has become more than just beautiful or affordable places to stay. Booking experiences on Airbnb is one of its top-selling features, particularly if you are a solo traveller. Find authentic and unique experiences hosted by locals on a trusted platform. If you’ve ever said “I can’t travel alone because who will take my pictures?” this is your sign to download the Airbnb app.

2). Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a flight and travel search engine that compiles data from multiple sources so you don’t have to. With the Skyscanner app, you can easily pinpoint the best times to fly to ensure the lowest rates possible. Additionally, their Explore Everywhere feature shows you the estimated lowest rates from your city to anywhere in the world.

3). Loungebuddy

Making the decision to leave the airport during a long layover can be a nerve-wracking one, to say the least. If you aren’t quite sure you want to risk it but definitely do not want to sit up in an uncomfortable airport chair for 6 hours, Loungebuddy may be your happy medium. Loungebuddy provides lounge access to anyone (for a fee), regardless of your card or ticket status.

4). Headout

Headout provides access to a wide array of experiences from experts in the area. Day trips, food & drinks, tours, and nature are just a sampling of options available on the app. Whether you’re a plan-ahead type of traveller or figure it out as you go, the Headout app will have plenty to keep you active. Worried about planning all the details of a trip by yourself? Enlist the help of one of our trip curators for stress-free travel planning instead.

5). Google Translate

Google translate is a translation app that allows you to translate over 100 languages. This app has the capability to translate audio, hand-writing, and of course text. You can even convert images, including menus and road signs from one language to another.

6). Google Maps

Google maps may be the quintessential travel app on the list. Google maps provide directions for drivers, pedestrians, ride-sharing, and public transportation. Once you’ve requested directions for a place, Google will continue with the navigation even if you lose signal. For added measure, effortlessly map out your travel plans ahead of time and download them for offline use.

7). Smart Traveler

The Smart Traveler app is the official State Department app for U.S. travellers. This free app provides tips and information including visa and vaccines requirements. Most importantly of all, this app provides local embassy and consulates information in the event you find yourself in an unforeseen emergency.

8). TripWhistle

TripWhistle is another safety-related app designed with peace in mind. TripWhistle provides emergency contact numbers for local police, medics, and fire personnel in over 200 countries. As an added bonus, you can also send your exact GPS coordinates with the touch of a button.

9). XE Currency Converter

XE currency converter provides free conversions as well as live currency exchange rates across a multitude of countries. If you love to shop while abroad, be sure to keep this app handy to ensure you’re really getting a good deal.

Summary

There is no question that technology has made travelling easier, safer, and has eliminated or limited some obstacles that were previously barriers to going abroad. Thanks to apps that help us translate languages, convert money, and notify authorities, we can feel more prepared than ever while we’re away.
Did we miss anything? What are some travel apps that you can’t live without?
About the Author:
Ayishia is a self-proclaimed Charleston native and pseudo digital nomad. After quitting her job in 2020 on the belief that there’s more than one way to make a living, she now lives life on her own terms. Connect with her on her website ayishiaparsley.com
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