With holiday travel just around the corner, it’s time to go over a few of the best travel apps that can make your journey a little easier. Whether traveling home or internationally these apps can help ease the pain whether in the airport, on the road, or prancing around with friends. While some of these may seem like common knowledge by now, it doesn’t hurt to go over the basics especially when traveling abroad. With an upcoming trip to Scotland on the books for Christmas, I wanted to make sure I had access to a car and a way to contact family and friends back home. Download these now to save time and money in the future.
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I’ve used this several times now while traveling abroad. With CityMaps2Go you’re able to pre-download maps to your locations and get around while offline so you’re not using up your data plan. This is a very cost-effective way around not having access to data. You can also star locations and map out your destinations.
These apps are kind of a classic at this point. If you haven’t used one of these car services you might be living under a rock or like me you make your fiance schedule a pick-up. With Uber in over 60 countries and 400 cities worldwide and Lyft in 70 countries and 460 cities, you’ll never be without a ride while drinking across the world. Quick tip, download both apps and compare prices before taking off to save on travel.
I tried getting away without this app but it makes life so much easier. Attach your bank account or credit card to seamlessly request or send money to friends while traveling. Even better, if you transfer money with your Venmo balance, bank account, debit card or prepaid card they waive fees, so it’s free!
Alright so this app isn’t exactly exclusive to travel, it’s perfect for stressors throughout your day. Take time from the hustle of your busy commute to listen to a guided meditation, a babbling brook or escape into a story about golden lavender fields. Zone out the crying babies and the snoring of your neighbors and disappear into a relaxed state during your travels.
Save time and money on transportation by pre-planning your trip in Google Maps. Type in each must-see destination and rearrange the order to hit stops that are close by each other so you can avoid excess travel.
Make traveling overseas less stressful with Google Translate. Whether you’re having trouble translating a conversation or reading a sign this app has you covered. Even traveling within the U.S., around 800 languages are predicted to be spoken in NYC. I highly suggest downloading to avoid unnecessary language barriers.
I’m still working on fine-tuning my packing skills, somehow I always end up packing a couple outfits to many or forgot my toothbrush. Pick your destination, date of travel, type of trip (business or leisure) and what activities you’re planning on and it will generate a perfectly curated list. Packpoint helps me remember all of my toiletries and lets my mind wander on my upcoming trip.
Chat with family and friends overseas when wifi access is available but no international data plan. Another option for messenger apps is WhatsApp which is also owned by Facebook, each has certain advantages and disadvantages. I use messenger because of the ability to video chat with my fiance who doesn’t have Facetime and it’s connected to my Facebook.
I was so excited when I stumbled upon this app, it saves on a lot of research time. Figure out how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car. Whether you put emphasis on finding the cheapest price or shortest travel time, Rome2Rio has you covered.
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