Travel is forever changing every day. New apps are developed and people are finding travelling the world easier than ever before.
From connecting with people to local recommendations to booking flights and finding accommodation. If you look on the app store these days under the travel category then you will find an abundance of apps to make your travelling lifestyle much easier.
Here are my top 10 favourite apps.
- Trip advisor
This is a just a must! It’s probably the most popular app do have if you travel. I always use this when I go to new places to see what all the local recommendations are either for restaurants, hotels or even things to do. It never fails me to inspire me and all the reviews are written honestly by like-minded people like you and I. I have found some amazing places to eat thanks to Trip advisor.
- Sky Scanner
I love Skyscanner for checking times especially the anywhere feature. Type in your departure airport and your dates and it will come up with a list of all the cheapest flights departing that airport on those days! So get ready to grab a bargain and be a little spontaneous.
A recent discovery of mine has been Hopper an app in which you search for flights on and the app will tell you whether to book now or to wait it out for the price to drop. It predicts whether or not the flight will get cheaper and will send a notification to your phone when to book the flight. I mean it is just genius.
- Xe Currency
With living abroad this is always a handy app to have to get the days’ current exchange rate! Especially when you are bargaining at a market in Thailand or Bali!
- Gps My city
This is an app that is, in my opinion, a revolution in travel. Basically, the app is full of articles typically written by travel bloggers. Usually guides and recommendations. It uses your GPS to bring you all the articles you will need for the place you are at. You can basically plan your whole trip of guides and itineraries.
The best feature is that you don’t even need data to use it. Simply download the articles for a small price and the GPS will use it the articles like Google maps and take you to the places that are on the guides. Genius right?
You can find links to some of my articles on GPS Mycity below:
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- Google maps
Really! This is a no-brainer. It’s just an all-around versatile and really helps with navigation around new cities.
- Bla Bla Car
We need to talk about Bla Bla car immediately because it is amazing! It works better in Europe especially Spain than it does in let’s say the UK but basically, it’s kind of like organised hitchhiking.
For example, you are in Madrid for the weekend and you want to go to Seville next. Simple search Madrid to Seville and it will come up with all the people travelling between Madrid to Seville. You book it and arrange a pick-up point and you get to catch a ride to your next destination. The majority of the time it’s with local people. It’s more convenient and cheaper than public transport too. It really is a life-saver living in Spain where public transport can be quite expensive and not that convenient. Plus you get to meet new people.
Feedback is also given for the driver so you can read all the past passenger reviews of the driver before you book. The driver will also rate you as a passenger.
- Air BnB
I love Air Bnb. Basically, it is an app where you can find a place to stay in local peoples apartments. You can get a private room and stay with the locals, a shared place so you will share with other travellers or private where you get the whole apartment to yourself. It’s great value for money and you get to stay in neighbourhoods in which you wouldn’t necessarily get to explore if you were staying in hotels.
They also offer unique experiences now too. Pay a little extra and you could go wine tasting with a local or learn to cook traditional food with local chefs. An amazing app for connecting people with culture.
If you are ever in Manchester UK then follow this link to my good friend Safranas apartment on the canal. It’s beautiful.
You can also follow this link to get 25€ off your first booking on Air BnB. Go explore!
Regardless of what I said about Air Bnb if there is nothing available on there for accommodations, I will always look on bookings.com. They have a great selection of hotels, guest houses and hostels and it’s just one simple click from booking. Usually, it gives you great offers but if you want to compare accommodation sites then try Trivago first (it’s kind of like Skyscanner but for hotels). Most of the time I have done this it has just put me through to bookings.com for the best offer.
- Guides by lonely planet
I will forever be a lonely planet fan. I collect all the books and always spend far too much money on guides but with the guidebooks not being the most convenient thing for travelling because of size and weight. Lonely planet has finally released an app with over 150 locations which basically get a mini guide to that place with all its top recommendations! It’s also a very beautifully designed app with stunning photos.
Whats your favourite travel apps? Let me know in the comment above