Want to know the best places to eat sushi in Japan? There is an app for that. Want to know the best beer festivals in Germany? There is an app for that. Want to book a hotel room, find the cheapest flight ticket or stay in touch with friends and family while traveling? There are apps for that. There is an app for pretty much anything you need nowadays with the rapid advent of smartphones. Here is a list of 12 top applications that will make your traveling more easy, fun and rewarding.
With this application you can access thousands of popular travel sites to read guides, find accommodation and compare flights. Find the right flight, the perfect hotel, and even manage your whole travel itinerary with this app. Kayak is free and it lets you track your flight status. Available for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, and Kindle devices – definitely a must have app for all travelers.
This application is sleek, easy to use and best of all – free. It uses live data so you can be sure all information is correct. Useful application to avoid getting scammed by exchanges and know exactly just how much more you are paying for services compared to the ones in your home country. It supports virtually all the world currencies so no matter what place you might find yourself at the XE app will have you covered for the money exchange rate needs.
All the info you need to know about weather, anyway you want it. This application is available for Android and iOS phones and it’s free. It’s definitely one of the most popular weather applications to date, with a beautiful and very easy to use interface. You can set many locations, view the forecast for up to 10 days accurately as well as receive alerts on possible storms and other drastic weather changes before you departure so you can avoid a vacation disaster.
TripIt is a travel itinerary organizer and manager app. Store all your plane tickets, hotel booking, car rentals and anything to plan your trip in one master online itinerary. You also have the option to add maps, weather info or any other information to help you get the most of your vacation. After you create the online itinerary you can automatically book hotels, museums, theater or other activities.
This application will help you find the perfect place you want to travel on a plane. Airlines can’t be trusted with your seat arrangement as they will change places at the last minute depending on their customers. Whether you prefer a seat by the window or one next to your travel companion than let this app to all the work for you with searching for a seat you like and if it’s not available set up an alert so it will notify you when a place you like is available. This app is developed by TripAdivisor so you can expect top notch service, they have been helping travelers find the best plane seat for over ten years.
For the text lovers this is a must-have app. It is free and available on all mobile platforms. All you need is Wi-Fi or a 3G connection, even the old GPRS connection that you might encounter in some countries is fast enough to stay in touch with family and friends back home. Find free wireless from hotels or cafes and you can text with your loved ones for free. The app is free to use and download. No need to write down phone numbers or worry about country extensions, this app will add your contacts automatically and in seconds you will be able to text for free.
Viber is similar to WhatsApp with the added option to make free calls besides texting. With this app all you need is an internet connection, it’s free to install and use and you’ll hear the voice of your loved ones in no time. Just make sure the wireless or other internet connection, such as free Wi-Fi hotspots are h3 enough to avoid interference and dropped calls.
You have probably have heard about Skype, the popular video messaging application that was developed for desktops and then bought by Microsoft. There is an app for mobile devices too and is free to use. Find a good internet connection and see your significant other face or show your friends back home the cool places you are live using your smartphone’s camera.
When you are in a new country the last thing you want is to be charged insane amounts of roaming bills when using your smartphone to look for places to visit or translating phrases so you order exactly what you want. Onavo helps you save on internet data as well as help you surf the internet faster and safe from snooping in public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Free travel guides to the world’s top cities destinations, attractions and must-see places. Easily find accommodation, places to eat and attractions wherever you are in the world. You can also read millions of reviews as well as see photos from fellow travelers to make an accurate choice of the places to visit before you leave. There is also the “Near Me” option that lets you discover places near you worth visiting.
This app has over 80 guides to the world’s most popular tourist and metropolitan destinations and the best thing about the app is that you download the guides in your smartphone so wherever you go and you can’t find an internet connection you won’t be left in the dark, because the app works with no internet connection. Use the app offline and the guides to plan your perfect trip and with so many destinations to choose from the TripAdivisor website this is like a personal tourist guide.
The Google translate apps works better than the desktop version and for basic words and phrases it’s the perfect addition to your traveling arsenal. Asking for directions, finding that place you always wanted to visit or ordering meals has never been easier now with the app. It supports 58 languages to translate in text and hear 23 foreign phrases.