The app business is a big one, and is becoming more and more essential for travels, budget and luxury alike. Personally, there are a few travel apps that I just can't get by without, and I'm finding even more that would be so helpful. I'm also having those "why didn't I think of that" moments!
So here's a bunch that will make your travel lives a lot more simple or fun.
VizEat is a dope new app for "meal sharing." Basically, you can sign up and become a host, or someone in search of a meal. When you're traveling, you can search for people who are hosting meals, pay a small price, and enjoy a lovely authentic home cooked meal with a local individual or group. Highly recommended if you want to get to know a new culture from the food :)
CityMapper has been my life and savior over the last year and a half, and gets me around London 99% of the time. Although it is city specific, CityMapper basically has a database of every single bus, train, plane, automobile in the area, and can tell you the quickest way to get to your destination. It even tells you how long it would take you to get there on a jetpack or catapult (which is necessary knowledge, obv.) However, it's not everywhere yet, but works great in Madrid, London, Tokyo, Chicago, and some other locations.
Trover is my FAVORITE new social media site. It's almost like an Instagram / Yelp / Foursquare / Pinterest hybrid for travel only. You can see what's hot in your area or somewhere you're going, and discover great hidden gems all around the world. It's a community of travelers who share them, so you know that the information and photos you're viewing are authentic. You can create lists for travel inspiration, plan trips, read others' lists, and explore tips & tricks.
Packpoint LITERALLY creates your packing list for you, based on date of travel, activities, duration of trip, weather, and location. I'm pretty much in travel heaven.
Outbound is basically a dating site for travelers, minus the dating. You can find other travelers who will be at your same destination while you're there. You can arrange meet-ups, chat on the Noticeboard, and update your calendar of events so others can see them.
It's pretty much just a fancy tip calculator where you can input the tax and tip percentage. You can even split the check. Before using though, I recommend you find out the tipping customs in the country in which you're visiting first.
I talk about Skyscanner in pretty much every post so you're probably sickened that I've brought it up again, but if you're new to my blog, you may not know about the wonder and beauty that is Skyscanner. Skyscanner is used for finding flights, flight comparison, etc. It has some dope features such as the "everywhere" destination feature, and the "anytime" travel date feature. This allows you to do flight comparisons for any time, as well as find the cheapest destinations for particular dates.
HostelWorld is my go-to gal for... well... finding hostels. You can read reviews, sort by price, and do all the other things that you can on a normal hotel website, except this one is almost exclusively hostels and budget accommodation.
AirBnb has my heart, especially when I'm traveling with my boyfriend, or just don't feel like being social. Prices vary from country to country, but finding a room in someone's home is usually significantly cheaper than staying at a nicer hotel. You always get a more authentic experience when staying at an Airbnb, so I definitely recommend.
For the budget-budget travelers in my life who don't want to spend a dime, the Couchsurfing app is a must have. You can search for people opening up their homes and pull out sofas for budget travelers.
This app only works on Windows phones (CRYING SO HARD) which SUCKS because I would use this app probably more than any other one of the apps listed above. PinPin is an ATM finder. PRAISE JESUS THAT ONE EXISTS, EVEN IF NOT FOR ME. The website says it exists in over 220 countries (which is strange, seeing as there's only 197 UN recognized countries), but you can search by address or current locations to view all the ATM's in your area. Be still my beating heart.
12.) Google Goggles
Also not available on iPhones (more tears), this app is FUCKING GENIUS. Excuse my French. You can literally point your camera at a famous landmark, painting, etc. and it tells you what it is and gives you background information about it. The number of times that I could have used this app is obscene. There are so many times that I'm floating past a stunning yet unrecognizable building, and leave feeling disappointed because I couldn't figure out what it was. For the first time in my life, I can say that I'm jealous of Android users.
Meetup is dope because you can create and attend meetups wherever you are. You can search by interests or groups (e.g. single females), view who else is attending, and join groups of people who are doing awesome things that you also like! There's so many to choose from, I promise you'll find something you like.