10 Best Travel Apps to Download Before Your Trip
There was a day when travelers lugged around travel guides, pocket dictionaries, and loads of paperwork in order to stay safe and organized on their trip. Not so anymore! Today you can find an app for just about anything. Keep everything you need to travel easily right in your back pocket. Here are just a few of the best travel apps you should download before your next trip!
Best Travel Apps for Trip Planning
Nothing is more detrimental to your relaxing vacation than stressing over the finances. The TravelSpend app helps you budget for your next trip as well as keep track of your expenses as you go. You can even share your expenses with your friends and family in order to keep track of “who owes who.”
Are you one of the many jet-setters who procrastinates on packing? If you regularly find yourself throwing random articles of clothing in your suitcase the night before you travel, you need this app! The PackPoint app allows you to create a custom list based on your trip length, the weather, and your intended activities. Think like TurboTax but for packing!
With a good weather app you can prepare and pack for any situation! The AccuWeather app gives detailed information about daily conditions and severe weather alerts for both iPhone and Android users.
Best Travel Apps While On-The-Go
4. Google Translate
Google Translate offers 108 languages by typing, 59 language translations while offline, instant camera translation in 94 languages, bilingual conversation translations for 71 languages. It is simply one of the easiest, most inclusive language apps out there!
5. Apps for Currency Exchange
You need a good app to help you calculate currency exchange rates… and there are several to choose from! Try Xe – Currency Converter for Android and Currency for iPhone!
6. Unit Converter
Unless you can convert Celsius to Fahrenheit in your head, you might want to save Unit Converter to your phone. This app offers 44 categories of common units to convert for both iPhone and Android.
If you want to “tour a city like a local” you need this app! Withlocals gives you tip on nearby things to do and places to eat in over 50 cities around the world. You can also use this app to connect with a local person in the area to get a personal experience and make a friendly connection at your destination.
WhatsApp is the simple, and free way to stay connected with your friends and family while you are abroad. By using Whatsapp you can avoid some of those huge fees associated with texting abroad.
Best Travel Apps for a Safe Trip
9. Smart Traveler by U.S. State Department
This is one of the most important apps to add to your toolkit. The Smart Traveler app will keep you connected with your local U.S. while you are traveling. Through this app you will have access to STEP, or the State Department’s “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.” STEP will inform you of any national emergencies or political unrest at your destination.
10. Red Panic Button
This app will give you peace of mind, especially if you are traveling solo. With the Red Panic Button you can discreetly send a preset emergency message to designated friends or family with just one touch.