There are so many helpful travel apps (that are mostly FREE!) for your phone that can make life so much easier while traveling. Apps to help you:
- plan your trip
- find the best flights at the cheapest price
- in a foreign country where you don’t know the language
- even apps to help you meet people while traveling abroad!
These are the top 24 most helpful travel apps that I’ve found:
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Helpful Travel Apps for Traveling in Foreign Countries
Google Translate is an absolute must-have app for travelers. It allows you to translate in SO many different ways:
- Translates text in over 103 languages
- Allows you to download language files and translate even when you’re offline
- App will translate text in images simply by pointing your camera at it!! (like a foreign menu, see video from Paris below)
- Ability to take or import photos for translation as well
- Can translate bilingual conversations
- Is even able to translate some handwriting
- Also allows you to save commonly used words and phrases
TripLingo helps you sound like a local while traveling abroad! The app can translate your voice, has more than 30,000 recorded audio files, a huge offline dictionary, access to a live human translator (additional cost), and more.
Helpful Travel Apps: Trip Planning
TripIt: Travel Planner
You book it, and TripIt organizes everything into a neat and tidy itinerary: As soon as you book a flight, tour, hotel, car, etc, simply forward it to email@example.com and they’ll add it to your master itinerary — it’s genius!
TimeShifter is an app that helps travelers precent jet lag by creating a personalized plan based on flight plan, sleeping habits, and other preferences! Your first trip is free, but after that, it is a paid subscription.
Helpful Travel Apps: Flying + In Airports
Your Specific Airline's App
I always like to download the app of the specific airline I am flying with. With the app, you can usually check-in, access your boarding pass, get flight updates, and access in-flight entertainment!
Priority Pass is a game changer when it comes to hanging out in airports, especially with long layovers. It gives its members access to over 1,300 airport lounges worldwide + other benefits!
It is a paid membership fee with three different levels, however, if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card, you get it for free!
Helpful Travel Apps: Road Trips
Waze or Google Maps
Whether you like Waze or Google Maps better, having a map app while road tripping is important!