When it comes to travel, your phone can really become your best friend. It points you to the right spot and can even sometimes save your life. We’ve selected for you some of the best travel apps out there.
Airbnb opens the door to the world’s most interesting places to stay and is the simplest way to earn money from your extra space. With over 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you. No other hotel booking site can match the sheer diversity of Airbnb since rental options range from castles to vans, yurts to watchtowers, with an ever-growing supply of apartments, rooms, and sofas to accommodate just about anyone’s budget.
The Waze website claims it’s the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Users can connect with other drivers in the area and share real-time traffic information, keeping one another fully informed well in advance of other methods of discovery. Waze won the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress.
Be your own travel agent and plan every detail of your trip—from car rental to lodging to restaurants—with TripIt. You can construct custom itineraries by hand, or simply forward the email confirmations of your flight, rental car, train tickets, and hotels to email@example.com and watch TripIt construct the itinerary for you. You can view your itinerary anytime, on any device — even when you’re offline.
”Cities are complicated. We use the power of mobile and open transport data to help humans survive and master them.” The funny catchphrase tells it all: Citymapper offers a detailed journey planner information (more detailed than Google), including real-time departures and disruption alerts, as well as Uber integration and cycle routes. It is available in around 30 cities worldwide.
TripAdvisor is used by millions of travelers to rank restaurants, bars, hotels, and sights on a five-star system. It has enabled TripAdvisor to create a handy, crowdsourced list of the city’s must-see attractions. TripAdvisor also offers a standalone Offline City Guides app to more than 80 destinations you can download and access later without a mobile data connection.
App In the Air
App In the Air is a flight tracking app that simply has the best coverage of airlines and airports. The application splits your flight into four stages: Check-in, Boarding, Take-off and Landing and notifies you on any flight-related change.
The Google Translate team recently launched a feature for international travelers: “Conversation mode.” Simply open the app, hold the mobile device between two people speaking a different language, and listen as it translates a conversation live. It is also famous for having many other features. You can, for example, translate between 103 languages by typing; star and save translations for future reference in any language and even translate 52 languages while offline.
XE is the go-to site for currency conversions on the web, which make it so popular. With over 40 million downloads, XE Currency is the most downloaded foreign exchange app. It has appeared as an app of the week on iTunes and has been featured by the BBC, the LA Times, CNN, and The Travel Channel. It has lots of business-oriented features, such as rates for precious metals and historical currency charts, but for the traveler, it is most useful for the simple fact that it’s able to convert every world currency.
The inevitable app for long distance audio and video conversations. International cell phone charges may indeed cause you more than just a few dozen dollars. Bypass those ridiculous fees with Skype, which routes calls over a Wi-Fi network for $.02 a minute. Calls to other Skype accounts, a user base of more than 250 million people, are free of charge.
This app offers crucial information for every country around the world. So basically if you should get in trouble and need to call emergency services or your embassy, you will have the numbers you need right there and then. TravelSafe also offers several others very useful features such as a Panic Button Widget that can send an SMS message to 3 registered contacts.