Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing we could do for the rest of our lives, it’d be to travel nonstop. Well, a close second would probably be to stay in bed all day long. Regardless, we can’t deny that travel is as universal as music—and love, of course.
With travel becoming part of our (aka millennials) lifestyle, it’s nearly impossible to travel without tapping into our digital-savvy selves before, during and after our trips. I may not be a serial traveler, but I do have some tricks up my sleeves when I prepare for a trip.
Here are the six best travel apps that will definitely help you in your travels—from finding unique accommodations that give you the best bang for your buck to booking the cheapest or fastest domestic and international flights.
Travelling overseas can be pretty nerve-wracking. Thankfully, there’s Duolingo. It’s a language learning app that will teach you the basics of a foreign language. It is by no means a replacement to proper language lessons but you learn enough words to communicate with the locals. What’s fun about this app is that it they’ve incorporated gamification into the equation, upping its appeal. The languages you can learn include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Danish, and more. Even better, this app is free on iOs and Android!
With every trip, there’s always that ONE person assigned to track expenses. Well, thanks to Splittr, there’s no need to draw straws to figure out who’s the designated auditor. So how does it work? You basically enter the expenses you incur during your trip, indicate who paid for the expense and who are included in the split. After the trip—dig this—you simply need to generate a PDF report and send them all to your friends. Talk about convenience!
3. Google Translate
Another perfect for your international travels, Google Translate will help you translate foreign signs. All you need to do is use the camera of your phone to get instant text translation. What I love about this app is that it’s free and can be used offline, too. Since mobile data abroad is quite expensive, this is pretty awesome.
Technically it’s not a travel app but it’s still an absolute must! If you’re like me who has a knack for getting lost (I even get lost in Manila), Uber is a lifesaver. Can’t find your way back to the hotel in the middle of the night? Book an Uber. Need to rush back to your Airbnb so you can find the best sport betting offers? Book an Uber.
I’m a terrible packer. I always have last-minute additions because I can’t seem to remember everything I need to bring. If you’re like me, then PackPoint will be your next packing buddy. It’s a smart tool to help awful packers like me because it tells you what you need to bring based on how long you’ll be travelling, where you’re going, and what you plan to do. Sweet, right?
6. Hotel Quickly
This is an app that was recommended to me by a friend. I downloaded this right away because it comes pretty handy when something happens to the original hotel you booked. Trust me, you’ll never know when something goes awry—it happened to me before. How does this app work? It gives you last minute hotel deals with big discounts to boot. It also lets you book, well, quickly!
With these travel apps, I hope your every travel goes as smooth as possible. What apps do you use when you travel? Let me know in the comments below!