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Monday, 22 February 2016 20:03

4 Travel apps every traveler needs

Written by Brendan Ihmig

Traveling has different value and meaning to different people. Some live for it and others dread it. Regardless of whether it is for business or leisure, cross country or halfway across the globe, traveling can be both an exciting adventure or a daunting challenge (even both at times).

There are many resources out there, from travel books and guides to smartphone apps and online services, all trying to make traveling more enjoyable and less of a mission. I will be doing some extensive traveling this year and want to share the four apps I use to lighten the burden of the whole process and recommend that every traveler needs.

I currently use an iPhone and therefor the apps listed below might not be as useful or available on other mobile platforms.

#4. Packing Pro (US$2.99)

PP icon350x350One part of traveling that you either love or hate is the packing. I personally enjoy packing. I have approached it in many ways before from drawing up detailed lists (good idea) to working through a process of elimination (bad idea).

To help with my packing, I now use the packing app Packing Pro which is as comprehensive as it is customizable.

Main Features: Create unlimited, 100% user-customizable packing lists • Full iCloud auto-sync support • Packing list backup and share • 800+ items to select from • Easy and intuitive search function • Share, email and print lists • Includes app-wide themes, packing list layout and display choices

Get it on the App Store: Packing Pro • Visit developers website: Quinn Genzel

#3. Google Maps (Free)

GM icon350x350Not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to be is one of the greatest fears of any traveler. I days gone by one would have to carry printed maps with you, now all you need is your smartphone (or watch) and you are good to go.

Google Maps is the most comprehensive map app available and with all the latest added features and updates, no traveler should ever leave the house with out it - I certainly never.

Main Features: Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories • Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking • Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns • Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route • Detailed information on more than 100 million places • Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more

Get it on the App Store: Google Maps • Visit developers website: Google Inc.

#2. Google Translate (Free)

GT icon350x350Communication is essential for the enjoyment of traveling and sometimes it can make or break a trip. If you will be traveling to a country where English is not the official language, I highly recommend you install Google Translate and get to know how it works.

From figuring out what to order at a cafe or restaurant, to asking for directions, Google translate is the essential app for the modern traveler.

Main Features: Type to translate in 90 different languages • Use your phone's camera to scan and translate text instantly in 26 different languages • Two-way automatic speech translation in 40 different languages

Get it on the App Store: Google Translate • Visit developers website: Google Inc.

#1. TripAdvisor (Free)

TA icon350x350There is only one app that I use before, during and after my travels and that is TripAdvisor. Be it to find the best accommodation and flights at the best price and to book them, planning daily activities, finding restaurant to dine at or to find interesting places to visit, TripAdvisor is the all-in-one travel app for the modern traveler.

I have used TripAdvisor for probably every trip I have embarked on over the last five plus years - I actually don't remember a time when I did not use it for planning a trip and while traveling.

Main Features: Browse millions of reviews, opinions and candid photos by travelers • Find the best hotel for you, including Travelers' Choice award winners • Discover cool things to do in any destination • Get answers to your specific travel questions in the forums • Add your own reviews and photos • Download maps, reviews, and your saves for over 300 cities worldwide onto your phone for free; avoid using expensive data roaming plans while you travel

Get it on the App Store: TripAdvisor • Visit developers website: TripAdvisor


Which travel apps do you use and recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Comment Link bernieshootTuesday, 29 March 2016 15:54 posted by bernieshoot

    I'm using trip advisor and google maps and they are convenient. You only have to check out the comments are accurate or not,
    regarding google translate .. OMG it's a B.. S ... forget about using it

  • Comment Link Brendan IhmigFriday, 01 April 2016 07:27 posted by Brendan Ihmig

    @Bernie Thanks for commenting. On our family's recent 4 week trip to Asia we were constantly on TripAdvisor and Google maps - that are a must have! Agree that Google Translate can be messed up at time, but it has helped me out a lot when in a country were the average person speaks little to no English.

    Are there any apps you would recommend for travelers?

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