Though-out my time travelling, I have met lots of people and done a lot of research which has introduced me to many apps. I try to use as little travel apps as possible as I don’t want to be reliant on WiFi but the apps I mention below are ones which I think are very important!
All of the apps that I mention are free! Without further adieu, lets get into my favourite travel apps!
Polarsteps is a way of your friends and family seeing where you are and where you have been! You can upload past trips and pictures, but I love it when I am abroad and I can see the exact route that I took.
While abroad, you can upload photos to your location so your followers can see what you’ve been doing, alongside a paragraph about what you’ve been doing.
I also love how it gives you statistics on where you have been in the past, it’s even more fascinating if you take time to upload previous trips.
This app is dependent on where you are in the world; it is based in Europe. However, I recommend looking at the train companies in the country that you’re in as you never know when you might need it.
On this app, you are able to input when you want to depart, or arrive, and if there is a certain station you would like to bypass.
You can also get a railcard for approximately £30 per year, although it is dependent on which one you are eligible for. The 18-25 saver card allows you 1/3 off the original price! So if the travel you are looking into is costly, I highly recommend getting a card.
Travelling by train is such a good way of travel, one that I really prefer. I don’t get very travel sick by it (providing I am facing the right way!) and there is such beautiful scenery as it tends to pass through the countryside.
You can view the Trainline website here!
I would really recommend this app to budget travellers, or those looking to stay somewhere cheap for a night or two.
Hostelworld is a worldwide community of hostels! It comes highly recommended from all travellers I have spoken to and they have been very helpful in this time of the pandemic.
The app is also very easy to navigate and it’s brilliant having your accommodation information in the same place!
You can view the Hostelworld website here.
Leading on from an accommodation app, I bring you Booking.com! I have booked with this company many times, and they too have been very understanding and brilliant during this time!
The best thing about this app is that they give you the cheapest price of the rooms. I have looked on the hotels themselves and they don’t provide the same low cost as this website. I have never been able to find a cheaper site.
You can also set up an account and become a member, leading to you getting points for your bookings and getting discounts on future accommodations.
Your airline app
If you are flying as a mode of transport, I highly recommend having your airlines app downloaded on your phone. It allows you to stay up to date on the flight status (although keep an eye on the airport board too) and you can have all your information on there.
For me, having this app makes me feel more in control as I can check that I’ve definitely got the right time and terminal!
If flying long haul, I also highly recommend becoming a part of the member crew so you can get air miles!
Duolingo is an app that’s brilliant for learning a language! The fact that it is free is even more brilliant.
It is a brilliant app for children as it gives you rewards and gems and such for completing different lessons. But I think anyone who can read and write is capable of learning on here. I am currently trying to learn Dutch as my family is moving to Amsterdam!
I recently found out that Uber is running in South America! I don’t know why it surprised me so much, but it did and it makes me realise how big this app really is.
There has been a lot of negative posts in the media about this app, but I personally have never felt unsafe or uncomfortable. I do recommend having this app as a backup plan, in case you get lost as it sends a taxi directly to your location. In certain areas, it isn’t safe to be walking home at night and taxis are highly recommended.
I won’t lie to you, this app is terrible to use! But is has the information you need and that is why I still recommend it to you.
You allow the app to use your location, and then you select where you want to go and it tells you the bus routes you should get on, including the bus number and the timing of the bus route.
I have been using this app for years and it’s never let me down!
I have used a lot of apps to try and stay in contact with my family, and I have found that WhatsApp works the best. It does need data or WiFi to use, but you can easily send images and videos across, as well as have big group chats. This is highly recommended if you struggle with anxiety while travelling (read my post here).
WhatsApp can also be used on Android and Apple and it is connected to your phone number so it is very easy to add your contacts.
You can also call your contacts when you have good enough WiFi as it doesn’t use your minutes.