There is nothing worse than having your phone overcrowded with apps that you will almost certainly never use. I’ve narrowed down these 10 free apps you should not travel without, that are guaranteed to make your life so much easier when travelling.
1. Google Translate
It is no surprise that Google Translate is number one. This app is a lifesaver when travelling abroad. Struggling with language barriers is not fun for anyone, and Google Translate can help avoid those tricky situations with real-time translations. Furthermore, the app has several different ways to translate. For an instant translation, you can take a photo of text, type the text, speak into the phone, and even draw the characters.
Maps.me is one of the best free travel apps that I have ever used. The main difference between this and other apps used for directions, is that this one can be used offline. Simply select which city you want the map of, and download it beforehand. This is a massive advantage in a travel app. It can help preserve your data and battery life, as well as help you navigate in areas with little to no phone signal. Maps.me was a godsend whilst I was travelling in Ukraine!
TripIt will make your travel experience so much easier. This app allows you to plan your itinerary in a remarkably easy manner, avoiding those haphazard schedules that are always so confusing! As if this wasn’t easy enough, you can also forward your travel confirmation emails to the app, and it will create you schedule for you. Once created, your travel information is available offline, and you can even view it on a map!
If you are like me and have a tendency to be lazy, Uber is definitely the app for you. Uber has saved my travel plans too many times, helping me travel to the airport so much quicker than asking a hotel to call a taxi. Moreover, this app has so much flexibility. You can schedule your trip in advance, see a digital profile of your driver beforehand, and decide whether to pay by card or in cash. You can also split your fare with your fellow travelers through the app.
5. Trip Advisor
This is basically one of my favourite apps of all time. Trip Advisor is my go-to for checking the honest reviews of attractions, hotels, and restaurants before I visit. I love to use this app alongside checking the Food Hygiene Certificate of places within the UK.
Airbnb is a fantastic way to find affordable accommodation in your area of choice. It can provide you with access to hidden gems that are more connected with local life, rather than the typical villas and hotels that are often located in built up commercial areas. You also have the option to rent individual rooms, sofas, or an entire apartment or villa.
Citymapper helps you find the best possible route to travel from A to B in a city. The app includes real time disruptions and departures, as well as cycle routes and Uber integration. However, Citymapper is not yet available in every city. You can check if your travel destination is listed here.
Skyscanner is one of the leading apps for discovering the best flight details for my next holiday. You can use this app to find the cheapest option for your flight, and can discover the cheapest months and even the cheapest days to fly.
Duolingo is one of my favourite apps for both travel and learning a language. Before you travel, this app is perfect for helping you get to grips with basics of the local language.
Last but not least, I really recommend travelling with the Instagram app. Instagram is perfect sharing your holiday snaps in real time, whether that be on stories or as a post. You can check out my travel pics on Instagram here.
Why Travel With These Apps?
Travelling with these apps will make your next vacation so much easier and more enjoyable. Get more from your next holiday with these 10 free apps you should not travel without.