Traveling can be stressful. It can be hard and confusing…it can also be one of the better experiences in your life. Luckily we are in the days of internet and smartphones. We now have nearly all the knowledge in the world at our fingertips. I have put together a list of some of my favorite travel apps and how they help me while traveling.
TripIt is one of my personal favorites. It gives you a place to plan out all the details of your trip. It will hold your itinerary, confirmation numbers, receipts, maps and reservations. Even the most organized traveler will find a use for TripIt.
Skyscanner is a flight booking app but the really nice thing is that it looks across many different carriers and even gives options if you have a date but not a destination in mind! They will find you the best fares even if it means booking two one way tickets on different carrier.
Someday you may find yourself in need of a hotel room at the last minute…change of plans or just an adventure. Hotel Tonight shows last minute highly discounted rates to help hotels fill their empty rooms. Sounds like a win-win for everyone!
If car rentals or parking is too difficult to get around or if driving is just not somethign you wanna waste time with, then get the Lyft app and you will have a quick ride from point A to B. App is super easy to use and always has really friendly drivers.
Ok so language is not my strong suit..luckily Google Translate is available offline and has come in handy so many time especially when I just can't think of that one word...
Most rental car companies will give you the option of renting a GPS from them. If this is not something that interests you then download CoPilot. The neat part is that you can download maps for the region you specify so you can have them available for when you do not have cell coverage or if you are out of the country.
All travels need to know what the current conversion rate is for their money. That’s really all I can say about this one. If you have money and are going to somewhere that uses a different form of currency then you need to know the conversion.
Paying too much for gas? Never, ever again. Whether you are travel or just driving around your hometown. GasBuddy will show you who has the lowest gas prices. Gas prices are provided by users so sometimes the data is a little off or unavailable, but it has been very helpful in the past and saved me a ton of money!
With proper planning before a trip, you can learn the basics of any language. DuoLingo is a fun and easy way to learn a new language or just brush up on a known language before traveling abroad. As of April 2018, DuoLingo has Latin American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Irish, Turkish, Norwegian Bokmål, Danish, Polish, Korean, Hebrew, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Esperanto, Ukrainian, Welsh, Hungarian, Romanian, Swahili, High Valyrian, Czech, Klingon available for learning.
TripAdvisor is a website that is built from traveler reviews. You can read about the good, the bad and the really, really bad about nearly any business in the world. TripAdvisor is a great resource when doing pre-trip planning. Just use your best judgment when reading reviews...some people are ridiculous and really shouldn't be leving reviews...just look at reviews overall and try not to fixate on what one person thinks.