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I really enjoy trying out new apps for my phone, especially if those apps make my life easier. Whenever I travel with other people I tend to notice that I am the only one using various apps to get the most out of my travels. Whether it is planning my itinerary or just helping me get around in a new place. I thought I would share some of my favorites that I have been using for years. I’d also love to hear which ones you can’t travel without in the comments!
Google Maps is absolutely indispensable to any traveling. I use Google Maps quite religiously and for good reason! You can download maps for offline use, you can save locations on your map easily, you can save maps created by yourself or others, get opening hours, see reviews and pictures, and see walking times. I not only use it for travel but in my daily life to keep track of new places to explore.
If you’re using Google Maps then you can easily add Google Trips to your arsenal. You can create individual trips and within these trips you are able to save your reservation info directly from Gmail, view things to do, view your saved places, see suggested day trips, discounts, and food and drink recommendations. While I don’t suggest using only this app for planning your trips, it does take out a lot of the leg work.
I don’t talk about accommodation often in this blog, and this is honestly because I don’t really focus on finding beautiful places to stay. However, I do prefer Airbnbs over hotels or hostels. I also almost exclusively stayed in Airbnbs for the past 6 years. With the app you can easily find and book your places, communicate with your host, and find all of the important bits of information you need.
I’m not on team Skyscanner or Kayak, I’m on team whoever will give me the best deal haha so I use both apps. I like to search from my local airport to “anywhere” with flexible dates or month so that I can find the best deals and get some travel inspiration. I love popping in my info for a free weekend and seeing oh cool I can fly super cheap to a place I’ve never been and decide my travels that way.
Kayak functions very similar to Skyscanner in that you can browse a wide range of airlines for your flights at once. I like the ease of selecting “Explore the world” on the app to see all of the different options from my nearest airport. Also, you can easily track the status of a flight right on the front screen so the ease of this app has definitely improved over the years.
TripAdvisor is very useful for finding restaurants or tips for your trip. I love the ability to browse restaurants by map to see what is close to me or by cuisine or price and to read reviews and view pictures. You can learn a lot about a restaurant just from a quick browse on TripAdvisor. The forums are also very useful for asking about itineraries, planning logistics, and tips from others who have traveled there before.
If you are traveling somewhere English is not widely spoken then Google Translate will be incredibly useful. It is an excellent translator, especially with commonly used languages. It also offers the ability to use your camera for live translations of text, translate text on pictures, and use it between languages for a live conversation.
Pons is my favorite foreign language dictionary. It is available in 31 different languages. My reason for being such a Pons supporter is that it is more than just a dictionary. It offers additional context for language learners and sometimes useful or commonly used phrases to help with the language. I think it is the perfect companion for Google Translate especially for lesser known languages like Slovenian.
This is especially for the Americans traveling abroad or anyone traveling to the US. I have been using GlobeConvert as my conversion app for currency, temperature, measurements, weight, etc, you name it, for 6 years now and it has never failed me.
*Since there is no Android app for GlobeConvert I found Unit Converter which has the same functions.
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