Alrighty, so we already went over Google and Smart Phones, two tools that utilize the internet and our modern connectivity. Now, we’re going to take that a step further. I’m going to be telling you about some great Travel apps that we use on a regular basis. Some apps, like the new Google Trips can be used offline, which comes in extremely useful. If you happen to find yourself on top of a mountain somewhere, without service and need to book yourself a room, well, you’ll be glad you have an app for that. Hey, I’m just sayin’, you don’t know, there’s B&B’s on top of mountains, this happens more than you might think. Anyways, it’s always a good idea to be prepared, while on your mountain, or leading up to the climb, these apps will make your life so much easier…just remember to charge your phone.
I’ve already went over Google Maps, twice so far. Noticing anything? You can download the app which gives you a few features the browser version does not. Most usefully, is the ability to download maps for offline use. Some of the map info is lost when you download it, but, atleast you don’t have to worry about getting lost, so there is that.
It’s worth noting that there is a great Google Maps alternative, well really a lot of them. CityMapper, offers much the same as Google Maps, it does however have more detailed information on what to do in the city you’re mapping. However, the app is only available in a limited number of cities, if you’re going to one that’s supported it’s worth a look.
Just like Google Maps, downloading the app allows you to use Translate offline. If you have an Android phone, you probably already have it. If you’re an iPhone user you can download it as well. iPhone users also have another translator, called iTranslate Voice. Google supports 59 languages at the moment, iTranslate supports 42.
This is our go to for rooms, wherever we go. There’s over 1,500,000 hotels worldwide, and millions of user reviews on booking.com. We looked for deals daily and found rooms for as low as $12 a night. You’re easily able to shop around, compare user reviews, check-in, contact the owner, find car rentals, and more. Our only complaint is, there are not many B&B’s listed and for that we used AirBnB. Honestly, though we usually just stick with what we find on booking.com, it’s generally cheaper.
TripAdvisor is great for finding things to do, hotels, flights, public transportation, restaurants and itineraries. There are countless user reviews, opinions and suggestions. This app really helps us get to know the places we go. We find some great hidden gems with this all the time, without scouring the internet.
While we were living in Budapest, this app came in handy for learning basic phrases. It’s always good to know some of the language wherever you go, most people will be very happy you put in the effort.
Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, and Instagram are just a few examples. Nowadays it’s so easy to stay in touch with your loved ones while traveling.
We used Skype to chat with our parents while we were in Europe. The service does have issues and now there are free alternatives that are much better. Most notably, Google Hangouts, which is now the number 1 conferencing app. The only reason we didn’t use something else, was because Skype’s well known, plus, that’s what our families had experience with.
We haven’t got the chance to use this for any of our trips yet, I did however download the app and have been playing around with it here at home. Pretty much, the app collects information from your Google/Gmail account and puts it in a nice handy travel planner, like layout. It’ll take all your reservations from Gmail, including old ones, and organize this for you in the app. It takes your user information and pulls from the web, info for the area that you are in, or planning for. Using this info, it can create personalized trips for you. I’m pretty sure moving forward , we’re gong to use this app a lot. I’ll let you know how that works out.
There are thousands of travel apps out there for you to use, with many more coming out each day. For us, this list is all we need, we have other apps on our phones, but, we keep coming back to these same ones. Because there are so many nifty apps out there, you might find yourself bogging down your phone with more then you need. Just remember, use the apps that are going to best suit your needs and personal preferences. Try apps out when you’re not traveling to get a feel for them, that way you’ll know ahead of time, if you want to use it on your trip.
Leave a comment and let us know what apps, you guys are using on your adventures, we would love to hear from you!