We live in a technology age. One that allows us to do things labeled impossible before. For instance, traveling was definitely not as easy ten years ago as it is today. Today, there are apps that let you upload your whole trip itinerary, apps that tell you what to pack, apps that tell you the best places to eat around you, and so on. Basically, there is an app for every part of your trip, from before you go, while you are there, and for when you go back home. Here are our picks to guide your travels, every step of the way@
For travel deals and user-generated reviews
Company’s description: ” TripAdvisor is an American travel website company providing reviews of travel-related content. It also includes interactive travel forums.”.
Why we love it: I mean, lets be honest, mostly everything you do pre-trip can be done on trip advisor. The app (and website) fits into all three categories for us, but for pre-trip, there are a plethora of ways you can utilize the app. With its user-generated content, you can do things from deciding where to go to deciding on things do to while you are there. You can look at reviews on different hotels and more. You can even search for the best deals on flights, hotels, etc.
To find the best deals on flights.
Company’s description: ” Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options at the best prices”.
Why we love it: We’ve been hooked on skyscanner for a while now. It is always our first step when we search for a flight. We are young, we can’t afford the luxuries of buying $1,000 plane tickets every time we want to travel. We want the best deal and the best value. Skyscanner produces results that find you deals on flights. You can also book rental cars and hotels through the app.
For travel inspiration/ideas.
Company’s description: “Pinterest is the world’s catalog of ideas. Find and save recipes, parenting hacks, style inspiration and other ideas to try”.
Why we love it: Pinterest is an awesome trip planning tool. You can find endless articles about travel or a specific destination and so on. Whatever your heart desires, you can search for it. If I wanted to look for the best cheap eats in Singapore, and typed that into Pinterest’s search engine, countless results would pop up. A great tool for travel inspiration and planning.
For customized packing list/tips.
Company’s description: “PackPoint will organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned during your trip”.
Why we love it: Basically that sums it up. Let’s say I am going to Rome in December (which I am, yay). But anyways, I put where I am going and the duration of my trip into the app. Then I tell them what kind of activities I am doing. Then Packpoint will produce a list tailored to your specific trip and will even tell you the weather for when you are going. Basically, making packing a lot easier then before.
For feeling like home and living like a local in a new place.
Company’s description: “A marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world”.
Why we love it: Hotels are cool and all, but how can you really immerse yourself in the destination you are escaping to? Simple, Airbnb. Airbnbs are great. People list their place, or maybe properties they own, to people for the duration of your choosing. You can rent places like a tree house with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in tuscany to a house on the beach in Thailand. The possibilities are endless and many are unique.
To count the days down until your next adventure!
Company’s description: “Count down to your next event – your next vacation, your favorite band’s concert, the next movie premiere, your child’s graduation, your anniversary, and more – in style!”
Why we love it: Book a trip to Australia? Are you beyond excited? Use countdown app to set the date of you trip and let the app count down the days until you depart! A way to get yourself pumped about your next trip, no matter how close or far away it is!
To find places around you to visit.
Company’s description: “Citymaps is building the world’s largest catalog of map collections, for every interest, everywhere in the world. It’s a place for people like you — People that love to travel, but also love art, design, fashion, fitness, food, and music, and want to discover more of it”.
Why we love it: Like their description says, it is a map curated to you. You can put in a destination and it will recommended different restaurants, bars, coffee, sightseeing, shopping, events, hotels, deals and more. You can also save places so you can visit them later in the “My Places” section. You can even see locations your friends have saved and would recommend. It helps you discover places you might not have found/gone to when traveling.
Takes care of putting all your trip planes together.
Company’s description: “You handle the booking. We take care of the rest”.
Why we love it: Now since Tripit helps with trip planning, it would make sense for it to go in the before section, wouldn’t it? Yes, but when you think about it, the main benefits of Tripit are having the app organize all of your travel plans and confirmation numbers into one spot. That way, when you are in the airport trying to get to your renal car confirmation number, you can just pull up Tripit. You can email Tripit your fight confirmation #, your train/rental car confirmation # and so on, and it will put it all into one organized file for that trip. Tripit will even give you directions to different places like for example, from the train station to your hotel. Pretty neat, we’d say.
Helping you communicate in foreign lands.
Company’s description: “Dictate (speak) or type what you want to translate and in few seconds you will have it translated, both in text and voice. Your interlocutor will dictate in his/her language what he/she wants to translate and inmediatelly you will read and hear it translated into your language”
Why we love it: Pretty cool, huh? Yes, knowing the foreign language would be easier and better, but for every new country we visit, we can’t expect to always know the language and we shouldn’t let that stop us, should we? Using WeyApp, you can have a conversation with someone in another language, breaking down language barriers as easy as 1,2,3.
Apps from the before section that you can use during the trip as well:
For showing off your travel photos
Company’s description: “a community of more than 500 million who capture and share the world’s moments on the service”.
Why we love it: I don’t have to go into much detail about Instagram. Almost everyone uses it, and everyone knows what it is. A way to share your moments with those who follow you. It is the perfect place to share that photo of just how blue the Caribbean water was on your vacation to St. Croix. You get the picture.
P.S. It is worth a mention that we also recommend the Instagram app, Boomerang which can be an awesome app to utilize during your trip to capture moments to put on Instagram later.
For editing your travel photos
Company’s description: “Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google”.
Why we love it: Want to professionally edit your travel photos but can’t afford to shell out money for apps that aren’t free? Snapseed by google is a great option. You have access to professional editing tools that really give your photos a step up.
Mapping out all the places you’ve travel to.
Company’s description: “Keep track of countries and US states that you have visited”.
Why we love it: Want to look back at all the places you have traveled to? The Been App can do it. It will even tell you what percentage of the world you have traveled to, as well a break down of the percentage of a continent you have traveled to.
Other apps worth the mention for after:
Got any apps you would recommend for before, during, or after a trip!? Tell us in the comment section below and we might just add it on to our recommend list!