It’s important to be organized and on top of your plans when you travel. My philosophy? Your vacation or business trip should be as least stressful as possible. When you travel, you’re not just leaving your home for a different location. You’re navigating new towns and streets. You’re asked to rely on less of your possessions. You may even have to adjust for climate differences, language barriers, or hectic transportation.
Luckily, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of apps out there that can help you no matter where you travel to next. While some people may want to disconnect from technology when they’re abroad, most of us continue to use our phones throughout our visit. Whether it’s for communication or for documenting the trip, apps can be a lifesaver when you find yourself far from home.
Language apps have grown in popularity over the last several years, mostly because more people are traveling and smartphones are the easiest device to use to translate and find phrases. Duolingo is a free app that is easy to use and provides a basic understanding of your chosen language. The app guides you through various levels that increase in difficulty and feels more like playing a game than learning language basics. Over 70 million people have already downloaded this app. It’s also a great tool to use in anticipation of your trip.
Though Google Maps is incredibly useful, it doesn’t normally work unless you have an internet connection. With CityMaps2Go, you can download several thousand maps featuring cities from all over the world. You can plan your travel map out ahead of time and also read articles with suggestions and tips from locals and other visitors. You can even get subway maps. Perfect for those people, like myself, who love to explore the lesser known parts of a city.
This app is unbelievably handy, because it compiles your entire travel itinerary automatically. All you have to do is forward your emails to the app and it’ll scan them to find flight numbers and times, then add that information onto your schedule in the app. It’ll do the same with any kind of reservation, so you have all of your reservation numbers, times, and locations in one place without having to worry about it yourself. Best of all, it also allows you to share your itinerary with other people, making it a perfect option for group travel.
Another app that is perfect for group travel is Splittr. Similar to Venmo, it allows groups of people to split the cost of dinner, travel fare, and hotel reservations. This app is designed for travel and makes splitting the cost of expenses simple. You can enter your expense, then who paid that expense, and the app does the rest by splitting it between the group of people paying. It also allows you to add in different currencies used and splits those as well, so you don’t have to worry about conversions or dividing costs up yourself.
This fantastic app tracks your travels and lets you make a digital journal that you can customize yourself. As you travel, the location setting on your phone tracks where you go and displays that as a red map on the LiveTrekker map. You can add text, pictures, and videos to your path as you go along, which creates a digital presentation for you to share with people once your trip is over. Great for college student who may be traveling solo for the first time. Or should I say, great for the parents of college students, who can still keep in touch while their child is out exploring the world.