Hey guys! I am calling all of you wandering souls out there. Are you an adventurer who considers your smartphone a second appendage? An explorer who is interested in documenting every move? Or a brave solo-traveler who need guidance with maps or languages? Nowadays, not all trips are about disconnecting anymore. Thus, if you are planning to do any trip soon, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. So hurry, it’s time to get your passport and download these best travel apps and guess what, they are all FREE!
1) XE Currency
XE is one of the most famous website on the internet for currency conversions, so it’s no surprise that its app is really popular: with over 20 million downloads since the launching day. For travelers it is really useful for the simple fact that it can convert every world currency. I have it on my phone and one of the most awesome features is that it also functions offline by saving the last updated rates! This is great if you’re in a place with limited connectivity or trying to save on data. This makes XE one of the best travel apps.
Free, iOS and Android, xe.com
You have used Google Maps before right? For a long time, whenever someone in Asia saw me using Google Maps to navigate Singapore’s public transport network, my colleagues would look over and prod: “Oh, don’t you use Citymapper?” Eventually, I relented.
City mapper citymapper.com (iOS)
Really easy to use and also playful, this app offers more detailed journey planner data than Google, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, also has an Uber integration and cycle routes. It is available in most of the big cities worldwide, with all the city-break destinations covered, making Citymapper one of the best travel apps.
Free, iOS and Android, citymapper
I learnt about this app a few months ago thanks to Cindy. Over 80 million people have already registered with Duolingo, this free and incredibly well-designed platform is a language learning app. Though Duoling is not a replacement for proper language course, the app is a fun way to get learn the basics, or to maintain yourself fresh on grammar and vocabulary. I love it because it is just like a computer game, it guides you through different levels that you need to complete before advancing and keeps on encouraging you on the way.
Free, iOS and Android, duolingo.com
This app is like a pocket travel agent. Tripit provides travel information on your confirmation emails for flights, rental, hotels, events bookings, cars, and converts it all into a single itinerary. It is very simple, just forward your emails to the app and it will do the rest. It is cool when you are travelling with others because you can easily share your itineraries, making this a useful app for coordinating a group trip and this is why it is one of the best travel apps out there too.
Free, iOS and Android, tripit.com
5) App in the Air
App in the Air is an easy, straightforward, flight tracking app that has one of the best coverage of airports and airlines. It will keep you updated on any flight status – even if you don’t have internet! – it is great to manage your time at the airport, breaking down your flight into four stages; check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time. And that is what makes App in the Air one of the best travel apps.
Free, iOS and Android, appintheair.mobi
6) Google Translate
You have this one right? 😉 This translator can be a really useful tool to support your trips. I don’t see it as a serious language learning app though, but realistically, it’s quite useful on a practical level translating day-to-day words/sentences you come across on your travels. One of the new features is that you can hold your camera up to a text – such as a sign, or a menu – and the app will translate it for you in seconds. It’s an essential app for any traveler and is also one of the best travel apps.
This app creates a digital journal of your travels (that’s really cool) so you can look back on your crazy trips on an interactive map. LiveTrekker tracks you as you go, marking a line along a map on the exact route you take. Also the app monitors your altitude and speed, making it great for adventure travelers. You can add videos, pictures, audio and text along the way, creating a multimedia travel diary you can later share in your social networks, making LiveTrekker one of the best travel apps.
Free, iOS and Android, livetrekker.com
With this app you can easily organize your finances, keep an eye on your travel budget (something that we always forget) and track your expenses during your trip. It is really safe because it’s a “read-only” service, which means that you can’t move funds between accounts, and neither can anybody else, making Mint one of the best travel apps.
Free, for Android and iPhone/iPad), mint.com
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