I have to be honest with you: Traveling, and especially traveling solo, requires a lot of planning for me, before-hand and during the trip. I myself like to stay on top of all bookings and reservations, but I also hate to carry my Macbook with me all the time. This is why for my last trip I started to look into apps for my iPhone and/or iPad. Today I’ll share with you my most helpful free travel apps, i.e. the apps that helped me to stay organized in the past.
1. Airline apps
Airline Apps are simply convenient for me since they allow me to look up my flight info, access information on any airports and let me check in on time or choose my seat. So far I have used Air France, Fly Delta, KLM and Lufthansa on various occasions. All of them have worked just fine and proven to be very helpful when I was already stressed out and had to hurry between connecting flights. Can you guess how often I have to check which gate I need to find when I am tired?!
AirBnB is an awesome App that is just so easy to use! It lets you check for accommodation, look at pictures of the listings and you can book directly and stay in contact with your future host. If you want to book via AirBnB or already have a booking then this is really one of the must-have travel apps! I sometimes use it to just look for dreamy accommodation that I would like to stay at some day.
A must-have for all budget travelers in my honest opinion. I have booked most of my hostel accommodations via hostelworld so far and while I prefer to actually book via a computer, I love the app to have all infos such as room type, check-in dates and the address at one place. It will also alert you after your stay to leave a comment and rate the hostel so that other people can check ratings before they book.
4. guides by Lonely Planet
As a huge fan of and believer in the Lonely Planet Guides, this is an app that I found out recently about: It features different city guides that you can download to have them available offline. When I started using the app, the list of cities was quite small, but it keeps growing. They even ask you to send in your recommendations on which city guides to add next! There are many more features like saving sights to a list or calculating a budget that this app offers!
5. Google Maps
Occasionally, my sense of direction is totally off and I tend to get stressed out when I feel lost in a new city. As fun as it can be to get lost at a new place on purpose: Being lost with all your luggage on your way to the hostel or while looking for a place to be, just sucks. This is where I rely on Google Maps. If it needs to be, I just follow its directions, track myself or use it to find public transportation.
I’m aware that there are many more apps out there, that others recommend in their posts. Most of them I have tried at home but actually never used them on a trip. Some I simply find confusing or it turns out that you should upgrade to some paid content. These five apps are basically my essentials, especially on trips on my own.
Now share with me: Do you have any apps that I should absolutely try? Which are your essentials or do you always bring your laptop? I’d love to hear from you!
4 thoughts on “My most helpful free travel apps”
How about Kayak and Skyscanner? 🙂
Oh, I forgot about skyscanner (good one!), although I mostly use it on my computer pre-trip so to speak.
Along with Google Maps, have you heard of Google My Maps? You can log in on desktop (which is where it’s easiest to actually create the map), and on Android it’s a separate app. I think it might be integrated into the regular Google Maps app on iPhone, I’m not sure.
You can create your own custom map with pins of all the places you want to go, adding notes and custom icons, etc. I used it on my road trip through New England last summer, and I couldn’t have lived without it.
The cool thing is that it kind of integrates with Google Maps. So I could open up my Google My Map for the city I was in, and find one of the places I wanted to go for dinner. Then just click on it, and there’s a way to open it in Google Maps so you can navigate to that location.
Here’s an example of one I created for Burlington, Vermont: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=10u6xPVTqUwrjFaxCJe1syC6QbIY&ll=44.434728463412696%2C-73.24016434999999&z=10
Love these! Airbnb is probably my favourite app. Sometimes I look through it and save places for a trip I don’t even have planned yet!