Travel apps are meant to add to your travel experiences, and not be blatant marketing ploys. We’ve sifted through hundreds of apps to bring you our top picks so you can rediscover the joys of travel without stressing out.
Do you find yourself switching from vlogging to blogging and Facebook to log your travels?
Atameo can help you log everything you do on your trip without all the hassle of running multiple updates and long writing sessions. It’s available for Android, iOS and any browser. It converts your photos and places into beautiful travel memories.
Just add whatever makes your trip special and Atameo turns it into beautiful memories, while building your travel portfolio and evaluating your travel stats. Now your adventures are yours to share and reminisce over, all in one place, and whenever you feel like it.
You can log places, photos, people you’ve met, videos, music, Stories/highlights/experiences, the kitchen sink (well, maybe not that last part), etc.
The most important prerequisite for a Map and GPS app is being able to download offline maps – but, Google maps, Waze, etc. might fail you in certain countries that don’t allow this feature.
Spyglass supports different maps, depending on your current needs: google maps, apple maps, open street map and open cycle map. It’s also very important that the app can read pre-downloaded maps when offline. Besides this, it also has many useful features for people who aren’t pros at orienting. The app shows your current position on the map, can save waypoints and locations, for example, your car or your hotel location.
TripIt allows you to store all your travel plans in one place. You can save your travel plans on your phone calendar, and share them with family and friends. This really comes in handy when you’re travelling with a partner or in a group. It also delivers alerts and reminders of airport terminal and gate number even before you arrive at the airport.
Google Trips is a great alternative, but at the time of writing this article TripIt is still more versatile.
It would be a crime to not mention SkyScanner here. Although pretty much a household name in travel these days, SkyScanner is a must-have especially because it aggregates information from several airlines that travel-booking websites just won’t list. By offering flight information about Low Cost Carriers across multiple countries, you can rest assured that you’re always able to compare fares and find super cheap flights even to the most far-flung destinations.
5. Tinder for your travels
It’s no secret that different countries use different chat applications – Kakaotalk in Korea, WhatsApp in Russia, WeChat in China and Line in Japan and Thailand. But Tinder is now ubiquitous across these cultures, and though it’s typically thought of as a dating and sexting app, it’s actually an excellent way to meeting locals.
At the very least, you’ll probably get a good travel story out of it.
It’s a platform that lets you plan Uber trips. Enter in your destination, dates and your Trip Profile - Choices include Build Your Own, The Backpacker, The First Timer, The Returning Traveler, Utrip Team Picks and The Luxury Traveler, all written out on fun luggage tag icons - and you’ll be given a list of activity suggestions. If you choose to tweak your suggestions the other suggestions will also change to suit your travel preferences. You can be spontaneous, adventurous or even choose to favor your love for all things art and culture.
Finish up by clicking the “Plan My Trip” button and you’ll see an adjustable itinerary with live waypoint-filled Google map.
A seasoned favorite of global expats everywhere. Citymapper made our list after being recommended by several expat groups. It promises to be your best real-time guide in helping you get around the transit systems in most major cities around the world, and it delivers quite well on that promise. They’ve recently rolled out Smart Bus services in the UK as well.
Say you wanted to stay at hostels because you’ve always hand the fond memory of travelling while strapped for cash, you’d think that using a Hostel Aggregator website would be the best way to go? - Yes, and No.
Hostel aggregators these days levy huge commissions on hostels and are usually misleading when it comes to the price-point. It’s always better to call up hostels directly and book with them. But for looking up Hostels, we recommend apps like HostelWorld.
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