As someone who loves to travel as much as my schedule and budget permit, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting, if not useful apps to make my trips more affordable and trouble-free. While there are oodles out there for everyone from the novice to the seasoned traveler, these eight essential travel apps stand out above the rest.
Sure, there are plenty of apps to search for the lowest airfare, but Hopper is one step ahead. The app predicts when prices are about to increase and tells you when you should make your purchase to secure the best fare. Get alerts when an airfare to New York City drops, or when the cost of a ticket to London is about to rise. Having Hopper is kind of like having your own personal travel agent minus the surcharges.
A popular culture and travel-centric website that makes recommendations for the best food and drink, art, attractions, and more all around the globe, Culture Trip is now even easier to access through a user-friendly app. Whether you’ve booked a first-time getaway to New York; traveled to Mexico City with no itinerary, or you need luxury accommodations in Mitte, Berlin, Culture Trip has you covered. Browse by your interests and location. Get inspired to explore the world around you wherever you go.
I can’t count how many times this app helped me communicate while traveling. Somehow, I held a conversation with an Italian taxi driver with little to no knowledge of the language, and unbelievably, we were able to understand each other enough so I could get to my hotel in Milan and pay the correct cab fare. And on top of a smooth ride, we had a blast chatting.
I sure wish I’d known about this app when I traveled around for nearly three weeks with my friend and fellow blogger, Danielle Gray. We kept a mental note of our expenditures but never actually kept a written running tab. Splittr does the work for you, so when you travel with a buddy, the app will keep track of who owes what, saving you the time and effort and making settling up super simple.
No matter where in the world your travels take you, WhatsApp is there. Message and speak with family and friends for free as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. If texting and talking aren’t enough, you can do a video call (similar to FaceTime). I used WhatsApp to communicate with Mike while I was traveling through Europe and saved big time on text message fees. Sync your phone with your computer so you can use WhatsApp on multiple devices.
Nominated by Google for Best App 2017, Citymapper takes the stress out of navigating a city. With more than 30 urban destinations in its repertoire, the app aims to make mastering city life a no-brainer. Citymapper not only provides directions and time to travel to your destination but also posts delays and alternate routes. A must for any city slicker!
Book last-minute hotels up to seven days in advance in main cities around the world including New York. This app is ideal for last-minute travelers and those looking for a deal. (Aren’t we all looking for a deal?) As I check HotelTonight today, the Empire Hotel has a rate of $245 and the Dream Midtown is $249, both competitive for springtime in NYC.
Sure, I’ve contributed to this site off and on for a few years, but Localeur has been named one of the best travel apps by Forbes and Time, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Get locals’ recommendations where to eat, drink, shop, and hang out in various cities around the USA such as New York, Phoenix, Austin, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, and vote for your favorite spots. Localeur is expanding all the time too, so it may be coming to your city soon. Plus, the app includes a list of international destinations – London, Toronto, Vancouver, Rome, and more. Where are you off to next? I vote for Paris. 🙂
Do you have any essential travel apps to add to this list? Please share in the comments!