With the technology to go anywhere at anytime thanks to smartphones, traveling the world has become much easier—certain apps will get you a flight for a discount, tell you about all the details you need in order to enjoy a city the right way, or even give you a pass to museums. With so much out there, I’ve had a hard time weeding through what’s good, what’s bad, and what is downright ridiculous. However, with some trial and error, I’ve found a set of virtual tools I’d recommend to the savvy (or not-so-savvy) traveler. Best part? They’re all free to download.
I adore this application for several reasons. First of all, if you are planning a trip that requires several legs (such as a road trip, backpacking trip, around-the-world adventure), you can find out exactly how much it is going to cost to get from one point to another. You can also find out how long it will take, where you can get good deals on accommodations, and more. I’ve used it on my backpacking trip through the Balkans and found it was extremely helpful when traveling on a budget—especially if you don’t mind taking the road less traveled (or bus less used) in order to save some money.
This user-generated travel guide offers unique perspective on certain locations all over the world. While it won’t work if you don’t have data (it uses your phone’s location services to pull up information about a certain spot of significance), when you do it works to notify you of historical locations and random facts about a place. It also offers insider tips and tricks from locals passionate about their city.
There is an insane amount of currency apps on the market, and I had to try several before I found one that worked for me. Currency has a simple design that makes it easy to have a number of different currencies available to view on your homepage—it’s a great way to compare and contrast if you’re traveling to multiple countries and need to know a few exchange rates. It will also save the last ones you used so if you forget you can take a quick look.
If you’ve ever used Skiplagged, you know that you can get some airfares for extremely cheap by using layovers and multiple airlines to your advantage. GTFO! (Get the Flight Out!) takes it a step further and finds rates within a few days of your desired departure. If you have a free weekend and are looking for a quick vacation, this is the app for you. As a digital nomad, this has been a great way to find some flights when I’m ready to pack up and hit the road again.
Have you used any of these? Have any other recommendations?