Travelling can be fun but stressful at the same time. I bring you some of the best apps to use when travelling. This list is more my opinion than anything, so you may disagree with the list. That being said, I included a variety of apps (for both Android and iOS) under the assumption that you may already use some of them. Let’s jump in!
Most (if not all) of you are aware of Dropbox. But for those of you who do not, it is one of the most popular cloud services out there. Being able to share your files, images, videos, etc. no matter where you are can be super handy when travelling. One best practice of travelling is to have a digital copy of your travel documents, including your passport. Some of you may just take a picture of them with your phone, but what if you lose your phone, or worse have it stolen? A locally saved image on a device is useless without the device itself. Leveraging a service such as Dropbox will allow you to log in from any device and access those important documents when needed.
VPN’s are more popular than ever with privacy being a big concern. When you are connecting to Wi-Fi at the airport, hotel or resort you are accessing a less secure public network. Your personal information, including files on your devices, are more susceptible to theft. ExpressVPN helps protect against that but also allows you to dupe your devices in thinking you are still at home. With many servers across the globe, you can connect to one back home so you can access websites that are geographically locked.
Delayed and cancelled flights suck! FlightStats will help you keep track of your flight details. This is especially handy when taking connecting flights as you will be able to track both in the same place. At the time of this post, it seems that the FlightStats app has been removed from the Google Play Store.
Splitwise was designed to keep track of mutual expenses. Friends, family, spouse, you name it. Organizing who owes what, Splitwise makes it easier to ensure everyone financially participates during your getaway. Let’s say you go on a vacation with a few friends and you agree to split the food costs. With Splitwise, you can record each person’s contribution and determine the bottom line.
Now, if you do have a car, Waze will help you get to your destination. What I like the most about this app are the alerts. To name a few alerts: road conditions due to weather, construction, roadblocks, accidents, traffic, speed traps, etc. Waze has helped me ensure I get to my destination on time, as well as find better routes if last-minute changes come up.
We all love how accurate weather reports are… But even if they aren’t perfect, it’s still good to know what to expect for the next few days. The Weather Network is my go-to due to the ability to check hourly weather reports and insights on air quality. For someone who deals with seasonal allergies, understanding air quality is something I value.
That does it for some of the best apps to use when travelling. Some are travel-specific, while others can be utilized for other needs as well. With a variety of apps, I am confident you will find something to make your travelling more enjoyable. If you like posts such as this one, take a look at our other travel and tech posts. Let us know below some of your favourite travel apps!