Modern day travelers have it far easier than explorers of the past. Majority of the worlds population are now equipped with smartphones and they make our lives easier in so many ways, and travel is no exception. Today I am sharing some of my favourite travel apps that make exploring the world just that little bit easier – thanks technology!
This is by far my most used travel app. You can load up to ten currencies to compare and convert at anytime. Next time you are shopping at a market in a foreign land this App will accurately tell you how much the local currency is in your native currency. Each time you have wi-fi the app will automatically update the currency rates. So easy!
I use trip advisor, among many other resources, to find out the top things to see and do in a new city. Places are voted by fellow travelers so you can see if it sounds like something you would be interested in. My favourite feature is that you can find somewhere to eat that is close and in your budget easily.
We all know about Google Translate on our computers but did you know there is an app for that too? Whilst it only works with a wi-fi connection it is great for figuring out what a sign says or what someone is saying to you. You or the person you are trying to understand can speak to your phone and it will translate what they said, or you can type what you want to say in English and it will translate for you and even tell you in audio how to say it. As it works for pretty much any language in the world this little app is genius!
If you are planning to visit a country with a foreign language, or just want to learn a new language in general, this app is awesome for that. With a selection of languages to choose from you can select how much time you want to spend learning your chosen language a day. It will then remind you each night you have ‘x’ amount of minutes of lessons waiting to be done. It’s a great way to start learning the basics of a language in a really easy way.
I have recently found this app and wish I found it sooner. You just forward your confirmation email from your flight or train (or anything really) to the app and it gets stored neatly so you can find flight dates, times and booking numbers etc easily, without having to go through your hundreds of emails. You can also store your passport, licence etc details in case of emergencies.
This app can be used in many major city across Europe, Asia and North America. You just type in where you want to go and it will tell you each option, exactly how long it will take you and how much it will cost you. It will also tell you exactly what number bus or train you need and where the stops are in comparison to your current location. It will also follow where you are during your journey and tell you when you are close to your stop so you can get off the bus/train. I love this app, it is so brilliant at helping me navigate a new city!
As mentioned in my recent post How to Avoid Jet Lag, this app is incredible. You can just type in your flight details and it will tell you exactly what times to go to sleep and wake up either before, during or after your flight to make the transition of time zones easier so you avoid Jet Lag. So clever!
If you are going to be walking or driving around a new country this app is perfect for you. The beauty of this app is you can download a whole country on to your phone and use it offline to get you to a destination. Once you’ve left the country delete the map and download the next.
If you are heading to London or New York City (or any city with this option) I urge you to download the tube/subway map, it will make navigating the underground train systems SO much easier to understand and make you look like a local!
All iPhones come with a compass and to many it seems like a pointless addition to the list of ‘apps’ you can’t delete but really this compass is a lifesaver. If you need to find the train station, where the sun will rise in the morning or where to find the northern lights (among many, many other situations) this app is perfect for that! I use it ALL the time.
This is a great app to find things to see and do and see the best route to see it in, like a travel planning map.
There you have it, these are my 11 favourite travel-related apps that I use daily/weekly. They make my adventures around the world just that much easier.