The apps I use for travel have evolved since purchasing my first smart phone almost 10 years ago! I've also learned some are tried and true, that I keep using year after year. The app usage also depends on my travel style for the year... am I spending time in Europe or road tripping more often. I hope you find these recommendations helpful!
APPS FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAVEL
CREDIT CARDS - Make sure you have your personal credit card apps installed so you can check your charges and report a stolen card (and don't forget to sign up for notifications before your trip!).
VAULT - Hands down this is my most used app (not only during traveling, but on a daily basis)! It's a secure spot to store all your passwords you need to function in life and during your travels.
BANKING - Besides your credit card app, you'll also want to have access to your banking accounts while you travel. Forgot to pay a bill, need to transfer money - you'll be covered if you have your bank app and no access to a computer!
WEATHER - I don't use a fancy radar app for this... but some of you may prefer that. 🙂 My pre installed weather app on my iPhone is my go to spot for a quick temperature check and to see if an umbrella or jacket is required!
SHARED RIDE - I personally prefer Lyft, but it's nice to have both the Uber and Lyft apps installed to compare price and availability.
AIRLINES - Before your trip - install the airline app (or apps) of who you'll be flying on. Check in online and have the convenience of a mobile boarding pass. You'll also receive the quickest flight updates through the app!
HOTEL - Hotels have made it so much easier to check in and make special requests through their apps.
SOCIAL MEDIA - Sharing your travels probably should have been at the top of the list! Facebook and Instagram are my top two, as I find that's where the majority of my clients and friends are. But, I know my daughter would put Snapchat first! 😉
SPOTIFY - I love the convenience of carrying around an entire music library on my phone! If you download your playlists, you'll have access to listen to them without a wi-fi connection. Love this app (also great for the gym)!
YELP - This was probably one of the first apps I used on a regular basis, and I still find myself searching it often! So handy to be able to quickly look for nearby restaurants or shops.
VPN - It's not an exciting app - but it's a necessary one for your online and personal data safety! Before using public wi-fi, turn on VPN to protect your devices.
GPS - Google maps is my most used for directions, but my husband is big fan of Tom-Tom. A must for road trips or navigating a new city!
APPS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
CURRENCY (XE) - When you're trying to figure out how much those Italian leather shoes are in dollars, you'll be happy you have this app! 🙂
GOOGLE TRANSLATE - It's nice to be able to look up short phrases or hello, you'll endear yourself to the locals with trying a few words in their language!
VONAGE - With a wi-fi connection you'll be able to make free international phone calls to any cell or land line (the recipient doesn't need Vonage installed!).
WHATSAPP - If your cell phone plan doesn't include free texting from international destinations, you can text for free with this app (the other party does also need WhatsApp).
ROAD TRIP APPS
GAS BUDDY - Do a quick check on gas prices with this handy app. It's guided me a few extra blocks off the interstate many times for a substantial per gallon savings!
* I'll be adding to this category in the near future, as I'm planning a month or two long road trip this spring! Will keep you posted what apps I use most when on the road! 🙂
I would love to hear what travel apps you use most and recommend - please share in the comments!
Until the next adventure - bon voyage!