Travelling can be a wonderful and exciting experience, but it can also be stressful if you are not prepared. Luckily, there are numerous travel applications that can help you plan, organize, and enjoy your trip without any hassle.
Over time, I have started using more and more travel applications or websites that make trip organization easier. Whether you are a frequent traveler or preparing for your first big adventure, there are mobile apps that can make your travel experience more enjoyable, efficient, and memorable.
It’s time for me to share all my tips and travel apps with you, hoping that they will be as useful for you as they were for me.
Here is a list of 10 essential travel apps that you should have on your smartphone:
Revolut – Free Online Bank
Revolut is an online bank application that offers a range of features and benefits that can make your travels easier, more economical, and safer. Here are some advantages of using Revolut if you are traveling to a country with a different currency: avoid exchange fees, avoid banking fees, security, free service, and more. With Revolut, you can manage your budget more easily, which can make your travel experience more enjoyable and stress-free. I recommend reading my article: Revolut: The Best Bank for Traveling Without Fees.
Airbnb: Affordable Accommodations
I always use Airbnb when I go on a city trip! For me, it’s the best way to find affordable accommodations with a good quality/price ratio. I mainly use the app to communicate with the host via messaging. However, I find that the application’s usability is not practical for finding accommodations. Sleeping directly with the locals allows you to speak directly with a local who can better advise you on their city, and thus, you can better immerse yourself in the country’s atmosphere.
Ryanair (or your favorite airline)
All the information about your flight is gathered in one place on your phone, and check-in is super easy. You don’t even need to print your boarding pass anymore thanks to the QR code provided by the application. I don’t understand why more people don’t use this technique, especially since almost everyone has a smartphone nowadays! This allows for significant paper savings. I mainly travel with Ryanair, but this obviously applies to all other airlines.
Foursquare: Find the Best Restaurants
This is the app I use every time I’m looking for a place to eat. It shows places located near your position, and you can refine your search using various filters such as price or distance. You also have access to comments/reviews from other customers as well as photos. We have not been disappointed by the places we’ve tried using this app yet.
Flush: Find a Toilet Nearby
This app is very useful when you have an urgent need. Indeed, this application shows you the public toilets located near you. You can also find information about the restroom, such as the price to pay, accessibility for the disabled, etc. Anyone can indicate a toilet if it is not yet registered (I actually did it during my trip to Florence); I must say it saved me several times!
Bonus: The app works even without an internet connection.
As you may have noticed, my partner and I often travel to countries in Eastern Europe that do not yet use the Euro as currency. It’s not always easy to calculate the currency of another country. This offline app gives you the euro amount of another currency directly.
Google Maps is the go-to app for me whether I’m on vacation or in Brussels! It’s so convenient for finding directions or public transportation to get to where I want to go. For city trips, it also highlights landmarks and must-see places with logos.
A helpful tip is to download the map while you have Wi-Fi so you can use the app without an internet connection later. The app’s geolocation feature also works without Wi-Fi, making it incredibly useful when you’re lost!
Tricount: Easy Expense Splitting
This app will save you a lot of time and is incredibly convenient when you’re traveling with friends. It helps you keep track of your expenses and calculate who owes what to whom. All you need to do is enter your expenses into the app, and it will do the rest for you.
Google Translate is an extremely useful application when traveling to a foreign country where English is not widely spoken or understood. I recently traveled to Warsaw and found that many things were not translated into English, and many locals did not speak English well. As Polish is a language that is quite different from French or English, this app was incredibly useful for us. The camera feature is especially handy – simply scan the text with the app and it will identify and translate all the words for you.
With this app, you’ll become a real meteorologist. The application is really complete: sunshine rate, humidity, risk of rain, … all hour by hour.
By downloading these travel apps, you can easily plan your trip, find the best accommodation, navigate through foreign cities, communicate with locals, book transportation, convert currencies, and even access airport lounges. Make sure to download them before your trip to maximize their benefits and make your travel experience a breeze.