Best Travel Phone Apps

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1Whether you’re heading to Southeast Asia to do some backpacking or simply hitting the road for a long weekend getaway, check out the below recommendations for my favorite travel apps. Whether you’re in need of directions, looking for fun local activities to do, or simply looking for a way to pass the time on a long flight, keep reading for our best picks!


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Maps.me

1Google Maps has been my gold standard for getting around, especially when in unknown places. But if you’re ever without service or don’t feel like paying those crazy roaming fees, download Maps.me.

Maps.Me is an incredible resource because it works offline, which means you don’t have to worry about having service or getting hit with those expensive roaming charges. Their database countries and cities mapped out and displayed in detail. Just make sure to download the city/country map in advance onto your phone before your trip! Maps.Me also has useful features such as a bookmark option to save your favorite spots.


2

Google Translate

Google TranslateWhen I walked into the Nishiazabu location of Bohemian in Tokyo, one of my favorite bars in Tokyo, I figured someone there would at least SOME English. Boy was I wrong! The entire first floor was manned by a single Japanese man named Toshi, who was extremely nice but knew not a single word in English. Google Translate saved the day, allowing us to have a full conversation and helping me convey my drink preferences as he whipped up his favorite Japanese Pear and Whiskey cocktail for me!

Google Translate supports translation for 90 different languages, 40 of which offer two-way automatic speech recognition. Google Translate also has convenient features to save favorite translations for future reference and picture translation as well.

Tip: an offline mode is available for Android users.


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FlightView

2There are many things you have to do to prepare to fly, including packing, organizing transportation and more. Having an app like FlightView to coordinate and store all of your flight information gives you one less logistical thing to worry about. Flightview is a fantastic travel app that stores all of your information and can quickly provide you with flight times, gate and terminal information, and even local weather at your destination. I always make sure to store my flights in FlightView every time I book a new trip.

One great feature with FlightView is you can forward your itinerary email to trips@flightview.com and it will add all the information automatically within minutes! Just make sure to first register an account with FlightView using the email you’ll be sending the itinerary from.


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TripAdvisor

TripadvisorOnce you arrive at your destination it’s time to start exploring! While its recommendations can be touristy, TripAdvisor is a still a great resource for the top attractions or a last minute meal. This app provides you with detailed information, reviews and locations of all the best activities and places to eat. TripAdvisor also has cool features like showing you nearby things based on your location, and you can also book reservations for restaurants. In addition, if you haven’t booked your accommodations yet, the app provides a list of all the best places to stay where you are as well as reviews.


5

Couchsurfing

CouchsurfingOnce you arrive at your destination it’s time to start exploring! While its recommendations can be touristy, TripAdvisor is a still a great resource for the top attractions or a last minute meal. This app provides you with detailed information, reviews and locations of all the best activities and places to eat. TripAdvisor also has cool features like showing you nearby things based on your location, and you can also book reservations for restaurants. In addition, if you haven’t booked your accommodations yet, the app provides a list of all the best places to stay where you are as well as reviews.


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Instagram

instagram-new-logo-may-2016One of the most rewarding experiences when traveling is connecting with and meeting up with locals! Whether you just want to meet up at a bar, enjoy live music or experience something new, Instagram is actually a great way to connect with locals. You can find posts relevant to your location and see if people are talking about it.

Also, in advance of your trip you can search by location for different posts and reach out to locals via the Direct Message feature. There are many different ways to navigate the app and find locals for awesome recommendations.



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White Noise

WhitenoiseThis is my absolute go-to app whenever I need peace and quiet. Can’t deal with noisy neighbors? Need to drown out nearby whining? Or sharing a room with a pathological snorer?

White noise (which I use in combination with my trusted Bose In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones) is a killer 1-2 punch that gives me quiet on trains, planes and anywhere else. I prefer their Brown Noise channel but feel free to check out the different frequencies and see what works best for you.


8

Audible

AudibleWhile I’ve done my fair share of text-based reading in my life, for some reason I do much better listening. Whether it’s commuting to work, on a train ride or flying across the Atlantic, Audible has facilitated my reading of dozens of books (possibly north of 100) that I otherwise would not have read over the last year or two. Audible helped me tackle Shantaram, which is one of my favorite works of fiction and otherwise would have required reading over 1,000 pages of hard copy text!

Again, pairing Audible with a good pair of headphones has helped me a ton.


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Spotify

SpotifyIf you are a music person then Spotify is a must. The music streaming app gives you access tons of great music and also includes useful features such as playlists to accommodate different moods and genres, playlists that update daily, and the option to like, save and share music you like to your own library or playlist.

Spotify is a free app available on most devices although if you subscribe to Spotify premium you have the ability to listen to music offline, and without ads. You can also download songs offline so you don’t need service when listening along.


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GoodReader

GoodreaderSome other things to consider when traveling are downloading different books or article before you leave so you can read them later. There are apps like GoodReader which allow you to download books, articles and different reading sources to access offline. You also can edit documents with GoodReader as well.


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Tunnel Bear

BearDepending on where you travel you might have some issues accessing websites and security. Tunnel Bear is a great VPN service that allows you to access your sites wherever you may be traveling. Tunnel Bear is free and is available on the App Store, Google Play and more.


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XE Currency

It’s extremely helpful to know the exchange rates to help manage your traveling expenses better. XE Currency is a great, free way to access live exchange rates wherever you may be. The app is widely available on multiple devices.

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