10 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Maps.me: The wonders of maps in our technologically efficient world! Except when you don’t have service or Wi-Fi… Maps.me allows you to download offline maps to use as long as your phone is charged! There are driving and walking routes included, along with local attractions, hotels, restaurants and much more! Just download the map of your area when you have Wi-Fi and off you go! 

Skyscanner: Looking for cheap flights? Look no further than Skyscanner! It will show you are variety of flights to get to your destination, including cheapest and shortest flights. Not sure where to go? Choose “everywhere” so see where your next cheap adventure will be. Also check out their multi-city function if you are making more than one stop.

WhatsApp: This app allows you to text, call and video all over Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to use a phone plan! We’ve found it’s not only the cheapest way to keep in contact with friends and family back home, but is also great for when connecting with new friends you meet around the world!

Smart Traveler: I won’t ever knock traveling, but the world we live in is changing. With that, precautions should always be taken while you are abroad. Smart Traveler is an app that communicates with the US Department of State and US Embassies about your trips. It alerts you of travel advisories, and if there ever is an emergency, they will know where you are and can better help you! Better safe than sorry!

Units Plus: Why oh why doesn’t the US use the metric system?!? If you are anything like me, converting US measurements to metric are not as easy as they should be. Converting distance, temperature, speed, and even currency is all in this app! No Wi-Fi or data required, so it’s always on-the-go!

Microsoft Translator: Do you know all 4,000 world languages? No, me neither! A translator app can be needed when you are traveling and don’t speak the language. With Microsoft Translator, you can download offline languages, use a speech to translate function for conversations and take pictures to be translated (such as signs, menus, etc.).

Uber: Love Uber at home? Thankfully, it’s used in many countries abroad and so it’s handy to keep in your phone! 

Rome to Rio/Omio: Rome to Rio and Omio are great transportation apps that shows you all the possible ways to get to where you’re going, and along with the time and price it takes to get there. Compare buses vs. trains vs. flights to help you decide the best course. Once you chose, there are links for where to purchase tickets and get more travel information! 

Food Delivery: Traveling is great, but sometimes you get tired. Want to eat in while you’re away from home? With delivery apps such as Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat, it can be as simple as a few clicks! Get some grub, stay in those jammies and enjoy the local side of traveling.

Matthew & Stephanie

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