Travel gives you the ability to live life at a hyper pace enjoying the very best parts of a destination. Trips can be filled with magical moments exploring famous places, eating delicious food, and interacting with locals.
It is also not unusual when you're in a far away place to hit a few snags. Here are a few of the apps I have on my phone that help me smooth out the bumps in the road. If you're about to go on a big trip, consider some of these apps that I use on a regular basis when traveling.
Apps for Planning
Packpoint is a packing list app that considers where you're going, your planned activities, the weather, and the length of your stay. I like to travel lite, so the max number of days I'll pack for is 10 (which I can pack in a three-day carry-on bag).
TripIt stores all of your travel plans in one place including information on flights, hotels, transportation, special events, travel insurance and more. Setup your account, then forward your confirmations to an email address. TripIt builds your electronic itinerary.
I love TripIt for two reasons:
Apps for Getting from Point A to B
Rome2Rio allows you to discover the costs & time of traveling between two points by any mode of transportation (plane, train, bus, ferry and automobile). I typically use this app up front to decide the best mode of transportation between two cities (Amsterdam to Paris, for example) including what rail or air transportation company sells tickets between those cities.
If you need help navigating major city transit, check out the Citymapper app which helps you find the best route between two places in a city using any combination of bus, subway, train, ferry taxi, bike share, and walking. Citymapper even tells you the nearby departure times. If I'm using a subway or bus system, I almost always refer to Citymapper.
There are occasions where I'm traveling with slow to no coverage on my cell phone. Maps.me allows you to download maps for offline use with turn-by-turn navigation. It also lets me mark favorite destinations on a map. As a backup, I typically always download the city map for my destination and mark my hotel for future reference.
Apps for Translation
The Google Translate app & website are my go-to's for translating on the fly when traveling. I've used Duolingo to learn conversational language in the past, but I found that the learned language goes out the window when you're tired, hungry or frustrated. It's nice to be able to quickly translate back and forth with whomever you're trying to communicate with in the moment.
This is a a catchall for other apps to consider downloading to your smartphone before you travel:
I'll be traveling abroad later this spring and would love to know what apps you use when you travel. Share them below.