Who doesn't have a smartphone these days? Seriously? Everyone, including my 86 year old Pap has one. Some days I want to throw my iPhone out the window, but most days I think it's the greatest thing in the world. I mean if you touch it in a few different places, you can have a large pizza show up at your door!
I think I appreciate my phone the most when I'm travelling (as long as my battery stays alive). It's like having an entire travel agency, communications department and panel of experts in your pocket.
Between the Apple App Store's 1.5 million apps Google Play App Store's 1.6 million, there are over 3 million apps, a fair chunk are travel related. Soooo - long story short - here are the apps that you NEED to download before your next big trip.
If you’re traveling out of the country, but still want to keep your finances in check, keep up-to-date with XE Currency. Quickly convert every world currency using XE Currency’s live rates. Pin your base currency at the top and monitor up to 10 other currencies at a time. It even stores the last updated rates so it works when the internet doesn’t.
If you’re driving around a foreign city and suddenly run out of gas, AroundMe definitely comes in handy. This app uses your current location to show you where the nearest services are around you which includes Banks, Bars, Gas Stations, Hospitals, Movie Theaters, Restaurants, and more. Choose from a complete list of all the businesses in those categories along with the distance from your current location.
If you have no idea where to eat and would like to see the menu and read honest reviews before you make a decision, you should download Yelp. Discover great local businesses filtered by location, distance, rating and price. Read millions of reviews written by people who have had first-hand experience. With over 70 million reviews on businesses worldwide, you are bound to find some good information in any city you are travelling to or even find new and delicious food spots right in your hometown.
If you want to share your travel photos with a like-minded community, Trover is the perfect mix between Instagram and Trip Advisor. Discover geo-tagged photos from around the world with tips and recommendations from real travelers. Trover contains hundreds of thousands of photos that represent experiences. Browse cool stuff near your current location or even log your own discoveries, share your photos and connect with other travelers wherever you go.
If you have trouble keeping track of all your different reservations and always have to go sifting through emails to find a confirmation number, TripIt will make your life a lot easier. Be your own travel agent and plan every detail of your trip—from car rental to lodging to restaurants—with TripIt. This app is great for storing all of you travel information in one place. Forward your flight, hotel and car confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and watch TripIt construct the itinerary for you.
If you are in need of a ride somewhere, the latest transport service taking over the world right now is Uber. Using the app, you can have a private driver picking you up in a matter of minutes. Check driver’s ratings and find one that is near you. Rates are generally cheaper than a standard taxi and you’ll meet and interesting person or two as well.
If you’re visiting a new city and can’t afford to take an Uber everywhere, let Moovit help you navigate public transportation. It has the most comprehensive collection of public transportation to help you get around over 750 cities in the world. Live updates, “get off” notifications, maps, stop information, schedules and service alerts are just some of the great features to help you navigate unknown cities.
If packing for a trip always ends with bringing along unnecessary items taking up space and making your suitcase heavier, try using PackPoint. Never forget to pack something either with this super intelligent packing app. Build your own packing list or add to one of PackPoint’s extensive database of destinations, weather, and length of stay specific packing lists.
If you never remember which loyalty programs you are a part of and don’t want to rewards to go to waste, add them all to AwardWallet. Easily keep track of your loyalty programs, such as frequent flyer miles, hotel reward programs and credit card points. Once you sync up each service it gives you quick access to points balances all in one convenient place.
CITY MAPS 2GO
If you are visiting a new city that you know nothing about, download City Maps 2Go. Discover and save things to see and do in destinations all over the world and download detailed maps for use offline.
If you are traveling overseas and the only way you can use your phone is via Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi Finder is something you need. As a modern traveler, you can feel stranded and helpless without Internet access. Search with a directory or simply enable the scanner to find the nearest free hotspots. Even use it offline, saving you tons of roaming charges and internet fees.
If you’re in need of a hotel room immediately or even in a few weeks, download the HotelPlanner app. Get real-time rates and availability from thousands of hotels worldwide. You can make hotel reservations and check in while you are on the road or plan a future hotel booking from anywhere in the palm of your hand. Find hotels by city, near your current location or find “Deals For Tonight” and take the stress away from having to book any last minute accommodations.
With a travel app for each part of your journey, you’ll never be alone with your Smartphone in hand. Just don’t forget the charger.