Regardless of how incredible travel looks in photos, it can be a complex process. From language barriers to no wifi availability, a good time can turn into a horror story pretty quickly. Here are 5 travel apps I use religiously when traveling that are worth every MB of space on my phone.
Travefy – Travel Itineraries
When we went to Costa Rica earlier this year, there was a group of 12 of us all on the same flight. That alone required a lot of coordination. Not to mention figuring out transportation, housing arrangements and group activities for all dozen of us. Travefy allowed us to create an itinerary to share with everyone, as well as enter notes about what not to forget before leaving. This helped tremendously with getting everyone on the same page without the group texts. It also allows you to collect money, so fronting the cash doesn’t fall on one person. I’ve heard TripCase is similar with more detailed features, but I haven’t had the chance to try it myself.
I’m the one person who notoriously over packs yet forgets something every, single, time. Phone charger, hair ties, contact solution. Triplist comes in handy as a preventative packing measure. Not only does it let me create a packing list, it also lets me create a to-do list such as “grab passport” or “pick up trench from dry cleaners” prior to leaving.
Bravolol – Language Phrasebook
If you’re traveling anywhere that speaks a language other than English, I highly suggest you download Bravolol. Without any internet connection, Bravolol allows you to look up familiar phrases regarding eating, greetings, emergencies or everyday common dialogue in whatever language you need. It even gives you authentic pronunciation to make sure you’re saying it right.
If you’re in an unfamiliar place and want to know about food, attractions, art, culture, shopping and nightlife, then Time Out is your social companion. Depending on where you’re at, Time Out pulls up your location and acts as a travel guide. The app gives restaurant and bar suggestions, museums, monuments, and a long list of local things to do without you having to ask a stranger. I normally use it to browse before I travel, in order to map out what I plan to do.
This CityMaps2Go app is heaven sent. I would especially use this in Mexico because I walk more than I use any form of transportation. It gives you detailed maps without requiring internet. Find attractions, hotels, restaurants, read reviews and save destinations for later.
What apps do you find most useful when you travel?