“He who would travel happily must travel light” – Antoine
Traveling from different places can be quite a life-changing experience for almost everyone—from discovering the beauty of nature, meeting new people on the road, learning other cultures, and trying out various local cuisines. As every avid backpacker would say, “to travel is to live!”
In the past, visiting to other unfamiliar places or countries was never easy. They had to bring thick books, handouts, maps, and other heavy items that could make the trip a bit uneasy.
Thanks to consistent technological advancements, you can have almost everything you need within your fingertips—from interactive navigation tools, restaurant finder, emergency tracking devices, and many more.
As the year is about to end, and holidays are fast approaching, you might be thinking of another trip. Just like packing your items for the next journey, there are several apps you might want to check out. These tools are designed to improve your journey and could make travel planning much easier and safer.
Here’s a list of some of the best travel apps you should have before the year ends:
Making your own checklist on a piece of paper can be time consuming; and not to mention, can be a little messy. With the PackPoint app, you can organize your checklist in details. You can even include your destination, and travel dates. One of the best perks of this app, is it can recommend weather-specific items for the planned trip.
The app may also ask your plans for the trip, and how long do you intend to stay. This application is good for both iOS and Android phones or gadgets, free of charge.
When planning for a trip, you can never ignore the importance of an accurate weather app. In addition, AccuWeather is not just an ordinary weather forecast app. Apart from its accuracy in providing minute-by-minute weather forecast, it is also available in more than 100 different languages.
This app is free and can be used for both iOS and Android.
Airbnb was specifically designed for residential real estate business. Today, there are a lot of things you can do with this app, particularly when traveling. Other than the usual way of booking your next getaway accommodation, they now feature the “Airbnb Experiences”.
The new feature was developed to give subscribers or guests more information about the things they can do for their trip. They can even recommend some of the best tourist attractions, local restaurants and other interesting activities. In some regions, you can also use the app to make early restaurant reservations.
Airbnb is free and available for both iOs and Android platforms.
This app is quite handy for trips involving longer walks in unfamiliar places. It is designed to help you keep track of access to restrooms. What makes the app more interesting apart from having more than 100,000 public restrooms is that it can rate the bathrooms based on reviews. As the name implies, it shall indicate “sit” if the place is clean, and “squat” if it’s not. And yes, you can also rate the restrooms or leave a comment.
The SitOrSquat app is available to both iOs and Android platforms, and can be downloaded for free.
This is one of the most recently launched travel designed to teach you in drops. It is actually an exclusive app that can help you learn basic local language before going to your destination. The best thing about this app is it allows you to monitor your progress as you learn.
The Drops app is also available in both iOs and Android platforms, free of charge.
This app is actually intended for Apple users, but Android and desktop users can now use it online. HiNative is quite different from other learning applications as it involves real-time conserving with native language speakers.
The bonus feature of this app is it also covers correct pronunciation and diction of certain words or phrases. This means you don’t need to speak gibberish when asking locals for directions or the menu.
HiNative offers a free trial, but premium subscription can cost around $11.40 USD per month.
AirHelp should be on top of your list when it comes to travel apps. With this app, you can get compensation for every flight cancelled or delayed. Of course, the system admin will evaluate the incident before you can make a claim.
Overall, this app will end those “flightmares” you used to get. Just simply key in your ticket info to the app, and it should file the claim for you. Once reviewed, it should automatically transfer your funds into your account. Sounds pretty awesome, right?
AirHelp is available for both iOs and Android users. You can download it for free, as well but they will charge about $20 annual membership for you to be qualified for a claim.
CityMapper is one of the best digital maps you can download for free, and it should get you from places to place with no hassle at all! The interface is easy to use and understand.
One of the best perks of this app is it provides transit maps including real-time departure details. It will also send you notifications for other important information. This makes the commute much easier and safer!
Again, it’s free to download and can be used by both iOs and Android users.
There’s no need to let go of your fitness goal while you’re on vacation. With RunGo, you can still be fit while enjoying your travel. This app should give more information about the best possible running routes in unfamiliar locations.
RunGo also features voice navigation to get you through tricky areas while you’re on the run.
For free subscriptions, you can still download over 90,000 routes (still not bad at all), while premium users can access real0time guided tours tested by local runners.
This app can be linked to your mobile phones, and an Apple Watch.
This app is ideal for planning out your next getaway trip. It should give you essential information about your next destination. Many travelers use this today to build their itinerary. The good thing about GeoSure is it collects data from reputable organizations such the CDC, the World Health Organization, and even the United Nations’ resource center.
On top of that, the app also provides safety ratings for your selected destination. The scoring should be based on potential health risks, political status, environmental hazards, and other concerning issues.
GeoSure is free for both iOs and Android users.
Now, you’re all set for your next getaway adventure. Just make sure your devices are still equipped with security software before downloading apps online.