Yeah, traveling often means surviving without a phone or computer from time to time, but on those occasions you find yourself in a cafe with a decent wifi signal or are spending enough time in a country to warrant splurging on a local simcard, you’ll be grateful to have the following essential traveler apps!
At first glance Momondo seems like your run-of-the-mill flight/hotel app, but take a closer look. Momondo allows you to sort through your results and narrow down options more easily than most mobile apps. While apps from Hostelworld and Hostelbookers are great for booking ahead, Momondo is great for when you’ve arrived at your destination but not yet booked your lodgings. Simply tap “Near Me Tonight” and you’ll quickly be presented with a map showing all available options, with prices, reviews, and amenities. This app has honestly replaced all other booking programs on my devices.
While we all have our favorite map and GPS apps, we’re often at the mercy of WiFi and cell reception to actually make use of them. MAPS.ME offers a simple solution: detailed maps for cities and countries around the world that can be downloaded and utilized offline.
Okay, I know we all love streetfood and stumbling upon a new favorite hole-in-the-wall, but sometimes you get a craving or just want to try something new—Foodspotting is the ultimate solution. Rather than just little blips of restaurant locations popping up on your map, actual dishes do. It’s a visual guide to the food around you and allows you to review and vote for the dishes you’ve tried. I never thought I’d need an app just to find dinner, but this one is seriously addicting!
aMetro lets you hit the ground running in a new city, as it contains subway, bus, train, and station maps from around the world. A simple idea, but super convenient!
Unfortunately, aMetro isn’t available for iOS, although a decent alternative for iPhone users can be found in metrO ( http://tinyurl.com/zulf2jk ).
SkyScanner’s mobile app is one of the must user-friendly flight searches out there, and I especially love their “search everywhere” option that allows you to see the cheapest international flights available. Sure, you didn’t plan to visit Macau, but it was only $60!
Google Translate prevails as the best translation app available, supporting over 100 languages and allowing users not only to translate written words, but photos as well. Many languages boast voice input and the app can also read text back to you (which can really help users learn foreign pronunciation!).
TravelSafe is an essential app that you hope you never have to use, containing a database of emergency contact numbers for police, fire, & rescue numbers for more countries than most people can name, much less visit. The only app on this list that isn’t free, that $0.99 is well worth the peace of mind knowing help is only a few taps away.