Going abroad? Fill up your phone with handy travel apps that you’ll actually want to use to make your trip more easy, efficient, and enjoyable.
If you want a detailed trip planner that is easy to use and has a funloving interface, Citymapper is your new tool. It can be used online and offline, and you’ll have access to every means of transportation imaginable.
On the home screen, you can set routes for home and work for easy access later as well as you have all options for transportation in your current location. You can tap the map and pin your endpoint or play around with Go, where you can get more knowledge about how you get from A to B in calories, CO2 or cash.
Citymapper is currently available in 39 cities around the World.
Having trouble remembering the how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, euro to dollars, or miles to kilometers? Units Plus always comes in handy, when I’m abroad and have to do some quick converting without internet. The app has live currency updates, and it is straightforward to use.
If you like to travel to try out cuisines and local delicacies you have to try out Bitemojo; An app that has partnered up with different vendors and cafées in a bunch of cities offering you a variety of food-centered tours.
You choose a tour and pay in the app. On the map, you’ll see the route and different sites along the way, and when you come upon the food stops you choose how many “clips” you want to spend at that place. Then you show your phone to the vendor, and you get your food.
It can come in handy to be able to order a pizza, ask for directions or where the nearest restroom is. With the Google Translate app, you can get by with the most necessary glossary online as well as offline. It is the best translate service out there for now in my opinion.
It’s free, translates 103 languages – 52 offline – and offers real-time video translation in 30 languages along with 32 languages in speech-to-speech translation.
Have a bucket list of places you have to visit before you die? Let Hitlist know, and the app will tip you when the fares to your favorite destinations become more affordable. It is more flexible than, for example, Kayak or Momondo, because you don’t have to jot in dates. You just have to want to go sometime and register your travel intentions. Like Tinder, you swipe “yes” or “no” when presented with an offer.
Want to learn a bit more of the native tongue of your destination? Download Duolingo before you go. Choose which level you are on and start swotting. It is free, but does not hold evert language in the World.
TripIt works for both work and holidays when you need to keep track of complicated itineraries. Forward all your confirmation e-mails to the app, and TripIt automatically transforms the mess into a master itinerary accessible in one place from every device, online and offline. For a fee of 49 dollars a year, TripIt also track reward programs, locate alternate flights, and notify you real-time about changes.
Are you an outdoorsy person? You know it can be a hassle predicting the topography on the routes. With Komoot, you can generate topographic routing for cycling, hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking. Customize your routes with sights and let the app guide you on your journey with inch-by-inch surface view and turn-by-turn voice navigation making sure you are going where you’re supposed to.
Why fix something that ain’t broken, huh? I don’t trust my memory when I’m traveling, and I take lots of notes to be sure I remember interesting sights, names of places, food recommendations and the like.
There are tons of options, but the new updates I keep coming back to Apple Notes. You can freehand draw, use it with Siri, create to-do lists and sync updates to Gmail or Outlook.
Other great note-taking apps, especially for use at conferences with different tracks and talks, are Evernote and Google Keep. Check ’em out!