From the time you start planning for your next holiday destination to the moment you step back home, using these best travel apps can help make the entire experience smoother.
For example, they can tell you where the closest ATM is, recommend restaurants and hotels, or give you ideas on how to save money during your trip!
Top Travel Apps and Why
Here are the best free travel apps (plus one or two premium ones) to do trip planning, including finding hotel rooms, translating signs and chats, locating the cheapest gas stations, checking flight delays, and securing the best deals for your adventures.
1. Google Maps
Google Maps is an essential app to take on your travels. For one, it can show you map locations, give you directions, a tell you how crowded a transport service might be.
You can also save favorite spots, read and write reviews of attractions, restaurants, and shops, and in some cases, even make reservations. And you don't need an internet connection to use this app; you can download stuff and use the offline maps.
2. Skyscanner App
Skyscanner is a portal and travel agency used by millions of people to book flights, hotels, and car hires all around the world.
You can use this site online or download the free app from the app store, which will give you access to flight deals and allow you to compare and make reservations. A simple and practical tool available both for Android users and iOS users.
3. Google Translate
The Google translate app allows you (as you might have guessed by the name!) to translate into more than a hundred languages.
Fifty-nine of them can also be used offline; plus, you can use different tools to get the job done, including utilizing photos to see what's sad in them, directly recording and holding bilingual conversations, and a handwriting feature.
4. TripAdvisor App
This free travel app has everything you need to explore a new place when you get there. For example, it includes reviews of hotels, attractions, and restaurants, and you can use the tool to book almost anything - from tours to tickets and vacation rentals.
The TripAdvisor app allows you to search by interest or by destination and can give you the inspiration to plan activities, accommodation, and meals all from the same easy-to-use platform.
HotelTonight is the dream app for last-minute travelers. This tool, which is now owned by Airbnb, allows one to make hotel bookings for the same evening, offering impressive discounts.
You can explore rooms by type (basic, luxe, hip, charming, etc.) or take advantage of the daily drop feature, which allows you to swipe for deals with excellent prices that are locked for just 15 minutes.
If you need to wait at an airport (especially if you are transiting through different ones to get to a destination), you can use LoungeBuddy to find the best premium airport lounges, no matter where you are.
The app tells you where to find the lounges and how to purchase access to them and allows you to pre-book up to two months in advance.
Timeshifter is an app that helps you avoid jet lag! That's right. You can use this tool to access personalized recommendations based on neuroscience research about circadian rhythms and sleep.
All you need to do is input your age, gender, and typical sleep patterns, and the travel app will tell you when to avoid or seek light, when to stay awake, and when to nap (and whether you need a supplement of caffeine or melatonin!). Quite a handy tool!
Calm is another extremely useful app, particularly if you suffer from anxiety (about taking a plane or traveling in general).
With Calm, you can actually turn your travel into an opportunity to listen to soothing sounds, meditate, or relax.
The app includes guided sessions for breathing, self-awareness, lowering stress, and increasing happiness, among others. Plus, it also includes some music and stories for both adults and kids.
9. Metric Conversions
Don't worry about Celsius, kilos, or liters. With the Metric Conversions app, you can instantly convert any measurements or temperatures and use the information to plan road trips, cooking sessions or see what to pack in your luggage for the heat or the cold.
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