We’re all stuck at home. We can’t do much at all. Travel is out of the question. I’m starting to realise how much I’ve taken our ability to jet across the world at a moment’s notice for granted. I cannot wait to get back to travelling, and I’m sure I’m not the only one itching to do so!
In preparation for our eventual transformation back to normalcy, I thought I’d give you a few pointers on some travel apps I’ve used over the years. These apps have not only saved me money, they’ve also made life as a frequent traveller so much easier, in more ways than one.
Before you book your next holiday, take a look through these suggestions and consider putting them to use. Try them out, see which ones works best for you, then just get rid of the rest.
Best travel app for reviews
This one is a given; I’m sure you’ve all heard this name in the travel game before. It features approximately 859 million reviews and opinions on roughly 8.6 million establishments across the globe. That is one of hell of a reach!
TripAdvisor boasts 463 million average views, so you know it’s worth a lot of people’s time.
This is the be all and end all of travel review sites, in my opinion. I can’t think of another site that comes close to the service it provides. You can scroll through millions of reviews, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your next trip. It also provides real travellers, like you and I, the opportunity to upload our own photos, so we can help each other make informed decisions.
The app itself allows you to do everything you normally would on their website. I honestly have no faults to report.
Best travel app to book hotels
I’d have to say that Agoda is my favourite travel app to book hotels with. I constantly delete apps from my phone in order to minimise data usage and space, but Agoda is one that I simply cannot part with. It’s survived the cull for years!
Agoda tend to have the best prices compared to most of the other hotel booking sites I’ve come across. You can also find some exclusive mobile-only sales, so you’ll save even more there. They even have a cashback option where you can get money back with every booking you make.
Expedia is probably my favorite comprehensive travel tool to use. It’s extremely resourceful, allowing you to search and compare everything from flights to hotel rooms to rental cars.
Once you find the perfect options, you can book them directly through the app. I usually use this when comparing my hotel prices against Agoda. Like Agoda, Expedia also has sales exclusive only to the mobile app, allowing for extra savings.
Best travel app to book flights
Cheap Flights is my favorite method when it comes to finding cheap flights. I mean, the name says it all! This mobile app searches millions of flights from over 1,200 sources and provides you with the best options available, whether it be the cheapest route, the fastest route or the best route. Once the options appear, you’ll be provided with links to take you directly through in order to finalise your booking. Talk about convenient!
Kayak is another very popular travel search engine. Kayak works in a very similar way to Cheap Flights. When you click through from the list of options Kayak provides, it will take you directly to the third-party booking site to finalise the booking. Kayak also has a “price alert” option, meaning it will send you an alert when great deals pop up, via email or app notification, whatever works best for you. This certainly makes travel research more convenient and allows you to stay on top of the best prices.
Best travel app to book houses
From mansions, to share houses to small one-bedroom chateaus Airbnb has it all! They allow you to choose from properties across 200 countries. If a unique stay option is what you’re looking for, Airbnb are sure to provide. The reason I love Airbnb is it’s the happy medium between a five-star hotel and a hostel. I personally like the app better than the website simply because I think it’s a bit more user friendly.
Best currency converter
I have used XE currency for a number of years now. This app has received over 20million downloads since it was first launched, which really doesn’t surprise me. It converts every currency in the world. I don’t think I have to explain how useful this is when you’re overseas in a restaurant or gift shop somewhere, trying to work out how much you are paying. It also saves your last updated currency and work offline, which is brilliant if you’re in a place with limited connectivity.
Best travel app to translate
Now, I do understand that a language translator app cannot hope to compete with a human translator. However, I really do believe that Google’s translator app is the next best thing. Google Translate can translate words, phrases and short sentences between more than 100 languages.
It offers super convenient features, including a real-time camera translation. All you need to do is hold your camera up to a sign or a menu, and Google will translate it for you instantly. To top it off, the app’s offline mode is capable of translating 59 languages in directly entered text or 37 languages in camera mode.
It’s definitely a must have for your travel adventures.
Best travel app to keep track of your budget
While we all love travel, nobody wants to have to keep track our finances in the process. I will say that doing this has enabled me to travel and experience a lot more places than I would have otherwise, due to the money I save while away.
Honestly, keeping track of every bill and receipt while I travel isn’t fun work. When I found Trail Wallet app all that changed. I’d tried few similar apps before stumbling across Trail Wallet, but I have to say it is the best of the lot.
All you need to do is set up your budget at the beginning of the trip and then easily add expenses when you pay for something while you travel. Simple!
Best travel app to plan your holiday
Like most of the apps mentioned here, I’ve been using Tripit for quite some time now. It’s quite intuitive in the fact that all you need to do is give Tripit access to your emails and your itinerary will automatically be created, based on any booking confirmation emails you receive. Of course, you can do this manually, but TripIt conveniently automates the process.
It comes down to personal preference…
Travelling can be a stressful process if you don’t plan ahead. Having the best travel apps will help you save money and keep yourself organised. I spend days, sometimes months, looking for great deals when I prep for travel. In saying that, your favorite apps might be different to mine.
How do you prepare for your trips? Do you have any travel app suggestions that aren’t mentioned here? Let me know in the comments.