It’s no secret that our smartphones are an integral part of our daily lives, and it’s no different when we travel. Smartphone apps play a big part in helping us travel, whether it’s researching a destination, booking flights & hotels, capturing and sharing the moments, etc.
Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure, or a little of both, we’ve put together a list of apps that you want to make sure you have installed on your phone before you pack your bags.
Featuring downloadable maps and guides to over 7,000 destinations around the world, CityMaps2Go (Android, iOS) is great for travelers without an internet connection as maps can be pre-loaded onto a phone. The app also features articles and suggestions for destination, if someone is interested in a more robust itinerary.
MuseCam (iOS) is an advanced photo editor that offers a manual camera, and world class presets & tools. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get the perfect look for your photos – and if you’re traveling to somewhere scenic, you definitely want to share some quality photos with your friends & family to make them jealous 🙂
Snapchat (Android, iOS) is an easy way to share quick photos or funny videos with friends and family, users can save snaps and upload them later when internet is available. Similar to Instagram, Snapchat also lends itself to exploring areas and learning more about a location.
Airbnb (Android, iOS) is a marketplace app that allows users to search for and find unique accommodations across the world, from mom-and-pop B&B gigs for a night, to a small apartment for a week, or even a castle for a month, there’s no shortage of unique places to stay. Airbnb covers a range of price points in more than 34,000 cities and across almost 200 countries, which means the adventurous or flexible traveler has some interesting choices for accommodations for their next vacation.
App in the Air
Having a flight tracker app in your digital tool belt can save you from headaches and stress while traveling. Pilots, passengers, and pick-up people alike all stand to benefit from up-to-date, accurate flight information. App in the Air (Android, iOS) is our favorite tool for doing just that.
Google Translate (Android, iOS) allows users to type in or dictate short sentences from one language to another. Simply select an input language and an output language and then either type or dictate your message. The app does its magic, presenting you with a translated text, or a short synthesized voice message. In addition, visual translation features have just been added, allowing you to translate text and signage with the aid of your camera.
If you’re traveling to a foreign country, it might be a good idea to brush up on the native language(s). Duolingo (Android, iOS) is the easiest, friendliest, and most effective way to learn another language. Whether you’re waiting around for your taxi, relaxing on your flight, or lounging at the hotel, you can brush up on your language skills at any time of the day.
Kayak’s mobile app (Android, iOS) provides users with a flexible assistant for searching for and booking rental cars, flights, hotels and more. Compare deals, book flights and accommodation, track your flights and manage your itinerary from Kayak’s convenient mobile app. It’s a great, centralized tool for keeping track of everything you’ll need to arrange getting to and from your travel destinations.
If road trips are more your thing, consider GasBuddy (Android, iOS), a mobile app that helps users track down the cheapest gas in their region. Users can use their GPS location, or search by address or zip code. As many of the prices are based on user reports, GasBuddy rewards users with points for reporting and updating a station’s prices, with points making you eligible for regular raffles of prizes like free gas.