For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know this summer has been one of my busiest summers to date in terms of travel. From Puerto Rico to New York to Santa Barbara and more, this summer has been filled with some amazing adventures in travel and endless memories.
Prior to the start of all of my travels, I was also fortunate enough to have partnered with Verizon to share my mobile lifestyle via the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 (Check out my review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 HERE). So, in addition to my ability to take some breathtaking photos with the phone, I also took the time to scour through my trusted GooglePlay Store to come up with my personal list of must-have apps for travelers. On top of that, My service with Verizon has also been a huge help for me since the service is impeccable and I can be sure my phone and apps work even in some of the most remote destinations. The mobile hotpot also allows me to use my other devices without hassle wherever I go and my mobile lifestyle is never compromised.
20 Must Have Apps for Travelers
Triplt App allows you to store all travel plans, confirmations and bookings in one place. You can also use this app to share your travel information with friends and family.
This app allows you to keep records about your travel experiences by using an interactive map, video, text, pictures, and voice. You can share these experiences and store them in the cloud storage.
Skyscanner helps you find the cheapest flights to anyplace you want to go. You can also book the flights using the app as well as hotels.
4. XE Currency
This app helps you to know how much money you have once you convert it to the local currency. It updates currency rates in real time.
Much like the title, this is the absolute best app for business travelers and self employed individuals. It helps you keep track of business and personal spending, mileage, and other deductions. Note: there is a monthly fee, but use this link to save 50% for 6 months!
This is a language app that helps you learn a new language for free.
This is a photo editing app that allows you to easily edit pictures of the different places you visit. From cool filters, face enhancements, and other cool edits.
VSCO app has manual editing features for pictures and is more detailed than a Snapseed app.
9. Google Maps
This app comes standard on most phones, but is a great go to for directions and planning which route to use for both walking and driving. It also has indoors map features for big malls, airports, and stadiums.
While most hotels allow you to check in by 3pm and to check out by noon this app allows you some flexibility to choose the time to check into a nearby hotel and when to check out. This is perfect for travelers stuck with long layovers or in need of more temporary lodging. Only for select cities.
If you want to take a nap, freshen up or shower, you can use Dayuse.com app to find such hotel rooms. It offers up to 75% of the regular night prices. It’s definitely a lesser known app for travelers, but worth knowing!
12. Roomer Travel
This app allows you to get big discounts on hotel rooms from people who cancel their trips. You can save 30-80% of the total price. Likewise, you can sell your reservation using this app.
Uber is just an easy way to get fast, reliable and inexpensive transportation in almost any city you travel to. See: 4 Things to know before your first Uber Ride
15. VIA (NYC and Chicago)
If and when your travels take you to either New York City or Chicago, consider using the VIA app to help you get around. The premise is simple. Schedule a ride using your phone and get picked up at an agreed-upon corner nearby.
Typical wait time is around 5 minutes and you’re given an accurate estimate before you decide to book. Want to know the location of the vehicle coming to get you? Guess what? You can even track the driver with the VIA app.
This is a security app that provides you with political status, environmental threats, health risks, and theft information about the area you are about to visit.
17. Vivid Pix (iPhone only)
Vivid Pix software was originally developed by scuba divers for scuba divers. This easy-to-use photo editing app promises to fix your photos in as little as one click… with a little fine tuning mixed in. Even better, Vivid Pix isn’t it just for water-related photos anymore. Use the app to improve other vacation (or non-vacation) snapshots as well.
Let’s face it, you can’t take your favorite canine with you every time you travel. Although, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could? That’s where the Rover.com app comes to the rescue. It makes it easy-peasy to find a trusted and reliable dog sitter near you.
Other cool features include the ability to rebook Fido’s favorite sitter with just a couple clicks and to receive up-to-the-minute photo updates when you’re away.
Using the Magisto app, means your travel-related photo and video memories will come to life, more than ever before. Think of this app as a magic wand of sorts. It selects the best parts of your photos and videos and adds elements such as music, themes and video effects (all chosen by you). Once complete, the app splices everything together and you’re presented with a masterpiece of memories in no time.
These are just some of the apps out that no traveler should leave home without. As you can see, they cover a variety of situations and scenarios. Remember, you never know when something will come up and it’s always best to be prepared!
20. Gas Buddy
This is ideal for road trippers. This app allows you to find the cheapest gas stations near wherever you are and also report the prices you find to help others.
There are actually tons and tons of great apps for travelers. So many, in fact, it can be a bit daunting when you’re trying to find what you’re looking for. Hopefully, you’ll find this guide pretty useful whether you’re traveling to other parts of the world or just exploring in your own city!