Where would we be without our phones while we travel? We are living in a golden age of technology, and I’m so thankful to be able to use these apps to help us plan travel and keep us sane while traveling! All of these apps are free and available on both Android and iOS.
Don’t forget to decide if you need travel insurance before your trip!
Do you enjoy getting lost? Of course, you don’t! Google Maps is a wonderful free tool and app that will keep you from getting lost, saving your vacation from heartache and strife. You can also download offline maps if you don’t have reception or create a custom map! This app is totally free and has saved me many, many times!
PS: I don’t recommend using its competitor, Apple Maps. They once instructed me to drive onto a train track!
TripIt is awesome because it puts all your travel plans in one place for free. Create your trip, share it with viewers or other travelers, and forward your airline/hotel/tour confirmation emails to TripIt. They will automatically load your plans (including all the nitty gritty details like confirmation number) into your app. You can also overlay these plans on your Google Calendar for maximum efficiency.
Don’t worry, you can also manually add plans. This is a helpful feature if you want to add notes about something you don’t have set plans for. For example, you can add ferry times and then reference TripIt to decide that day which one is right for you without having to hunt for the times online. There is a paid version of TripIt but I’ve never seen the need to use it.
It’s 2019, there’s no need to constantly check flight prices anymore! Hopper will automatically track the prices on flights for you and alert you when they’re the cheapest. Check out the calendar to see when is the best time to fly, exclude long layovers, and let Hopper do the work for you.
Never forget your phone charger again! We all get caught up in the excitement of packing for a trip and forget basics that were overlooked. PackPoint is a free app that will automatically create a packing list for you based on your destination, length of travel, activities, and type of trip (business or leisure).
It also shows the local weather forecast and allows you to pick custom activities like going to a wedding or a Muay Thai fight. You can also add special things you might need. PackPoint breaks the list down by categories like essentials, toiletries, snow sports, etc. so it’s easy to follow and satisfying to cross off!
Don’t forget to add the 18 things you must do before your next international trip!
Google strikes again with another useful tool! Google Translate has multiple functions across 100+ different languages. It can also work inside text messages and offline! It will also auto-detect language on the off-chance you don’t know which language your new friend is speaking.
- Take a picture of something for an instant text translation – perfect for use on signs and menus.
- Draw characters or letters with your finger – great for foreign languages with unknown characters like Russian!
- Translate as you type!
- Phrasebook – star and save translations for future reference in any language.
- Translations between the following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Sesotho, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu.
These translations are not always perfect, but they generally get the idea across. This app is invaluable when traveling internationally!
What’s Your Favorite App?
Is there an app you use to travel that you absolutely love? Tell us in the comments below!