Life just got easier because apps are available for almost everything we do in the world. So why should travel remain an issue?
You should have fun while traveling, don’t worry about where to stay, find the right food, transportation, or attractions.
Let’s discuss ten apps that can make traveling easier for you, especially if you are traveling alone and feel uncomfortable with the whole situation.
This application helps you to connect with other travelers who visit the same place as you. It’s a bit like Facebook, and besides connecting you to others, it lets you find great backpacking destinations.
You can use this app to book hotels, tours and other activities. You can also take advantage of it to connect with other people visiting the same vacation spot as you and share a taxi with them to save money.
download: Travelo Android | iOS (free)
This iPhone app is a great addition for people who are traveling alone to a different country. When you are in a foreign land, you should be able to locate your nearby embassy. This application helps you to do that easily.
In addition, it has multiple safety features. For example, it finds your location and informs you about dangerous sites in the area so that you can avoid visiting them. You can also check the weather, convert currency and store necessary travel documents with the TravelSmart app.
It can help you with some phrases and words and teach you a little cultural etiquette as well.
You can also have a tip calculator with it to get a better idea of the exchange rate. Plus, you receive notifications of national holidays, so you know which places will remain closed or crowded on a given day. Avoiding visiting those places can save you a lot of time.
download: TravelSmart for iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
How often do we decide to surprise a loved one at the last minute, make some last-minute weekend gate plans, or receive a notice about a business meeting in a different city at the eleventh hour?
Although they all make great memories, finding suitable accommodation usually becomes a problem.
The HotelTonight app is designed for this purpose. You can book a hotel or hostel at the last minute. From the best luxury hotels to shared hostels, you can find them all here. In addition, there are reviews available to facilitate your choice.
download: HotelTonight for Android | iOS (free)
Many of us find it difficult to manage our budget while traveling. Oftentimes, you can end up spending most of your trip savings along with emergency money by the end.
Tripcoin is an iOS app that helps you manage and track your travel expenses, no matter what currency you spend. It’s an excellent app for digital nomads, people who travel on frequent business trips or are planning a more sustainable vacation.
To get started, just fill in all your details, which by the way, you can also access offline. Later, you can download the reports or export them to Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. The app allows you to take photos of receipts and provide cloud backup as well.
download: Trycoin for iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
While traveling alone, safety is a major concern, especially since you have no one else looking for you. Waze helps you find the safest route, informs you of traffic, police and hazards, gives you speed limit alerts, and tells you about toll charges.
You can also find the cheapest gas station with this app and choose from multiple voices to give you directions.
download: Waze for Android | iOS (free)
6. Eat with
If you are a food lover and love to explore the cultures of other countries through what you eat and how you cook them, then this app is for you. It helps you get food tours, local food cooking classes, and meet fellow travelers who are the same.
The app has hosts available in over 130 countries. To get started, simply choose your destination or use your current location to get the right matches. You can browse different hosts and select the host based on your preferences or reviews, then contact the local host to discuss when you can meet.
download: Eatwith Android | iOS (free)
Whether you’re traveling alone or bored at home, you can always find something interesting to do nearby with Meetup. This app helps you to find events happening around you based on your interests.
For example, you can choose from a wide range of options: dance, music, hiking, language, conferences, networking events, and more. The app will notify you if any such event will happen so that you can save the date.
The app also allows you to connect with other people with the same interests, who are attending the same event as you. This way, you can chat with them in advance before you finally meet them.
download: METAP for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
If you want to learn foreign languages for your international travels from native speakers, then HelloTalk will be the right choice for you. It has more than a million users who help each other learn languages through chatting, voice messages, and video calls.
You can ask questions about the culture and travel of the language you are learning, and share your audio to get feedback on your pronunciation from native speakers. The app can also help you connect with certified language teachers.
download: HelloTalk for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
This app is designed for female travelers. The founders of this app conducted research and found that female travelers prefer to travel with other women, as the other option usually ends up in dating.
So it allows you to find a companion based on your interests, your travel destination and the time of your visit. You can select a travel companion by swiping left or right. Once you find the right flight, you can plan your trip with the chat option. Only verified users are allowed to use the app’s messaging option.
download: Torlina Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
The best way to learn more about the country’s culture is to live with the locals. If you want to research locals and hang out with them while visiting different countries, Couchsurfing is for you. It allows you to find local hosts of the country to stay with.
You can also find other travelers visiting the same destination as you and make travel companions. The app has hosts available in more than 230,000 cities worldwide.
You can also become a host and organize a meetup for travelers in your area using this app.
download: Couchsurfing for Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
11: outgoing assembly
Usually, when you go to a new place, you visit the same old places that travelers always visit and then come home. But if you’re friends with the locals, you’ll get to know some amazing places, which are much better than traditional vacation spots.
Outbound Collective is based on this idea. It helps you find unique places in the city you are visiting. You can also read about other travelers’ experiences across the app’s extensive community.
download: Collective issued for Android | iOS (free)
Traveling is fun, let’s keep it that way
Traveling should be fun and not another responsibility that you have to take on. Use all the above apps to make your travel easier and more enjoyable again.
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