I’m always amazed at how the app industry can solve problems I didn’t even know I had. Travel troubles are no different. There’s a ton of apps out there for the avid traveler. Some are great! Most are a waste of space on your phone.
Here’s a list of the top 10 must-have apps when jetsetting around the world.
The Airbnb app has 1,500,000+ listings in 34,000+ cities (including 1400+ castles.) Airbnb is a great way to find a place to stay that integrates you more into local life because you’re staying in a local persons homes. When you travel often, hotels get old pretty quick. It’s much nicer to rent a room, house, condo, or treehouse to stay that makes your time there truly unique.
Field Trip serves up recommendations on what to see, eat, and do based on your current location, preferences, and interests. It will notify you when you’re near something interesting based on the feeds you show interest in.
Flush Toilet Finder
Never again wander from place to place in search of a public toilet with Flush Toilet Finder. They have a database of over 100,000 bathrooms worldwide. One of them has got to be near you. You can also filter bathrooms by whether they have disabled access, a fee for usage, or require a key.
GasBuddy is perfect for road trips. Search for the lowest gas prices near you and by city. Report gas prices for other users.
One caveat: at the moment listings only exist for the United States and Canada.
Google Translate works with 90 different languages. You can type in a word or phrase, speak into it, or point your camera to a sign or text for instant translation.
Hopper analyzes billions of flight prices a day to find the best time to book a flight. You can even pick a flight to watch and get an alert when prices drop or rise.
Jet lag can easily ruin your first few days in a new place, but JetLag Genie can help make the transition easier. This app creates a customized schedule based on your flight information and sleeping patterns.
PackPoint considers factors like your length of travel, weather conditions, and activities you will be doing to help put together a customized list.
Rome2Rio lets you pick any two points in the world, and it will put together an itinerary connecting them. It will give you all the info you need for every plane, bus, ferry, and taxi you’ll to get from point A to B.
TravelSafe is the “Swiss Army Knife for your phone.” It will give you local emergency numbers (police, medical, and fire) and even connect you to your local your embassy.
It’s important to be safe, prepared, and in tune with your surrounding when you’re traveling, especially to a new place. These apps can keep you up to date, as well as help you get to where you want to go with a whole lot less effort.