Last year Nina documented some of the best ways to get your iPhone ready for travel, as well as a few recommended apps, a post that got lots of great feedback from readersm making it obvious that the right apps are still a hot topic among travelers.
Some time has passed and the moment is here to follow up with eight more apps and travel resources that help to make your trip more fun and effortless.
There are oodles of flight booking sites, however I love this one, because it enables you to search an enormous range of dates. Say you have specific dates and want to go anywhere, this will tell you where the flights are the cheapest. Alternatively, you can also search specific destinations and it will tell you the least expensive time of year to go. It’s an easy way to start the trip with some extra cash in your pocket.
Being on the go often means spending time getting to airports or waiting between flights. Having the ability to track flights, view terminal maps, get gate information, and see historical data is a great way to stay on top of things or figure out if it’s worth chancing that narrow connection time. It’s also handy if you’re deciding which seat to book, because it utilizes information from Seat Guru, so you’ll be sure to pick a seat with extra legroom or added extras. Double score!
Organize all of your itineraries in one place. It sure beats shuffling through papers and it’s environmentally friendly, too.
Sometimes traveling with a group or to international lands with different currencies makes splitting tabs rather difficult. This is the perfect solution if you’re no mathematician. You can create various “trips” with an array of people and categorize costs and exchange rates as they occur. In the end everything is evened up with one simple number. Bonus: These expense sheets can be emailed.
Spotted by Locals
This is the brain child of Amsterdam locals Bart and Sanne Van Poll. They’ve found locals in 43 cities (and counting!) around Europe who offer a wide array of places worth checking out. Since the locations are continually updated it’s a great way to discover cool little places off the beaten track before guide books write about them. Bonus: It also works offline, so you don’t have to rack up data roaming fees.
Paper by FiftyThree
For those that like to sketch sometimes carrying pencils, erasers, and paints can be more small stuff to keep track of. Paper by FiftyThree gives users an artistic license to productively fill idle travel time. They have a variety of brushes, so choosing the perfect medium is simplified.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to speak the local language of every place you traveled? This app gives you the ability to at least decipher what people are saying if you’re in a tough spot and gestures are still leaving you clueless on how to communicate.
While it’s not likely you’ll need this app, it’s nice to have safety on your side just in case. Sometimes traveling alone coupled with being in a foreign land can make people feel vulnerable, especially for women, however Help Call can ease your mind. With 126 countries listed and large icons users can get help in a hurry even if they don’t know exactly where they are should an emergency ensue. Get this one to reassure your Mom that you’ll be just fine.
Which travel apps have you found indispensable? Please leave them in the comments, we’d love to hear!
*guest post written by Emily Rasch
* all photos by Katja Hentschel