Mobile Travel Apps
We are regularly asked what type of travel apps we have on our phones and/or tablets. So, I have compiled a list of various types of travel apps. If you do not want to clog up memory with a bunch of apps, I at least highly recommend having at least 1 city guide app, a currency converter app, and a translator.
Triposo- is your smart travel guide. They use their clever algorithms to peruse the web and crunch through millions of websites and reviews. The result: unique travel recommendations designed for you. Choose your favorite hotels, sights, activities and restaurants and add them to your bucket list. Download our guides to your smartphone for access to maps, local tips, bookings and personalized suggestions all without the internet! *Heather recommended*
Lonely Planet- Get to the heart of a destination with Lonely Planet on your mobile device; packed with tips and advice from on-the-ground experts, our city guides app is the ultimate resource before and during a trip.
Trip Advisor- The 150 million-plus reviews cover 4 million hotels, attractions, flights, and more. Best picks for each city can be downloaded as City Guides. Meanwhile, the site’s acquisition of LaFourchette, a European restaurant booking service, has recently opened the door for one-click dinner reservations. Now with offline access to reviews, maps, and photos for over 300 cities. *Heather recommended*
Travel & Leisure- City guide by the travel magazine
Time Out- When you’re done browsing Guardian Travel, of course, the Time Out app is a great directory of ideas of things to do in cities around the world. With coverage from Accra to Amsterdam, Edinburgh to Singapore, the app covers everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events. The event finder is a particularly useful tool, meaning you’ll never struggle to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. You can also book restaurants and concert tickets through the app and create a customized travel guide for your holiday
Event Seeker- Plenty of guides tell you which museums and attractions you should put on your bucket list; this app pinpoints specific exhibitions, concerts, food festivals, and shows that are worth your while.
XE Currency- Need to calculate currencies on-the-go? With the XE Currency App, you can access live exchange rates, view historical charts, and calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet. With over 40 million downloads worldwide, this FREE app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Firefox OS devices. *Heather recommended*
Mobile Passport- The Mobile Passport App by Airside Mobile lets you skip the line at US airports for Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Just fill out your profile and answer CBP’s questions – then go straight to the “Mobile Passport Control” express lane at the airport! *Homeland Security and TSA recommended* *Also Heather recommended*
Smart Travel- It is the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. The app invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. *Heather recommended*
Rome2rio- shows you how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry and automobile. This is the most amazing thing ever. It shows you all your transportation options, how long it takes and even links to the airlines, buses or trains. Super duper cool. Don’t know how to travel from Bratislava, Slovakia to Bydgoszcz, Poland (yes that’s a real city)? Rome2Rio knows. *Heather recommended*
Gate Guru- The free GateGuru app (iPhone, Android and Windows Phone) provides flight-tracking with push notifications of changes, airport maps from FlightStats and nearly 40,000 reviews and tips pertaining to eateries and services at more than 200 airports. *Heather recommended*
Trip Case- TripCase creates clean, streamlined itineraries of your upcoming trips by consolidating travel-confirmation emails that you forward to it. It's not as "auto-magic" as TripIt Pro, and the maps didn't consistently provide correct information in our tests, but the interface is great, and it's completely free
Whats App- Use your Wi-Fi connection (rather than data roaming) to send unlimited texts, images, audio messages, and videos to WhatsApp users worldwide. The service is free for your first year, and $0.99 annually thereafter.
Ringo- If you have a local SIM card, download Ringo (free; ringo.co) to save on international phone calls. It uses local networks to deliver clear sound without any audio delays, and rates are as low as 0.003 cents per minute, 25 percent cheaper than its closest competitors. Don’t have an unlocked phone? Buy one abroad for as little as $15.
Instagram- With more than 200 million users, Instagram has become a ubiquitous tool for editing and sharing photos and short videos on the fly. A new feature: Instagram Direct lets you send photos and clips to a limited audience of your choosing, rather than posting to your public feed. *Heather recommended*
Uber- The pioneering e-hail car service is now available in more than 35 countries and in cities large and small. Instantly order a taxi, black car, or SUV, and pay with a credit card online. Then watch your driver’s GPS position in real time while you wait. *Heather recommended*
Google Translate- This translator can be a useful tool to support your own, more serious language learning, but realistically, it’s most useful on a practical level quickly translating day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text – such as a sign, or a menu – and Google will translate it for you instantly. It’s an essential app for any traveler. *Heather recommended*
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