What You'll Find in This Post
- What are the Best Vacation Apps?
- 30 Best Apps for Travel
What are the Best Vacation Apps?
I get asked this question regularly from people on what apps I keep on my phone for travel. Travelling with a phone has made it so much easier to travel and I love my travel apps!
I use the following apps regularly when I am planning travel, during our travels, and organizing everything for our travels.
30 Best Apps for Travel
Holiday Organiser Apps
Best travel app EVER! This trip planner app keeps all your travel itineraries together including flights, accommodations, tours, and more. This app was key for me to use during our one year of travel. Without this app, my life would have been crazy searching through emails for confirmation numbers. This app will utilize your emails and automatically import them to create a travel itinerary. LIFESAVER!
This is a cool app to help narrow down planning for the best route to get from one place to another. So whether it is by car, train, boat, plane and approx cost to help plan budget. This is the best route planner app to get you started on planning your trip and map out a trip.
I have all three of these (Uber, Grab & Lyft) loaded for transportation while travelling. I also have multiple credit cards links in case one of my cards get blocked for suspicious behaviour if using one too many times. This has happened to me before and this has saved me from being stranded. Some cities only have one of these companies and some have more, so I have all three and you can compare prices.
The main hub I use for searching for flights. I use this app to find out where there are non-stop flights, options for best prices and deals. I like the inspire me button and being able to search anywhere to get some great ideas and inspiration for places to go!
9. XE Currency
Find out what the rate is for another currency. I use this app to help budget and keep track of international currencies. If you don’t have data, you can preload the rates and at least have an approximation for currency when you making purchases. Easy to use for an approximation of currency exchange. I use this daily when travelling until I get an idea of the exchange rate.
Travel Communication Apps
I use these apps to keep connected to those back home and with locals with phone calls, videos, and texting.
I use Skype for video chat, but mostly to be able to call as though I am phoning regularly. This way I don’t need to figure out the out codes for each calling country. Genius! I used this for calling banks, businesses and family members who don’t have cell phones to FaceTime with (i.e. I can phone a landline). This makes my life so much easier and the rates are very cheap to make a call.
How we keep connected with family through video and voice calls. When going to new countries we often change our data cards, and this makes it easy for any family member to be able to reach us while travelling too! No need to know our new phone number.
WhatsApp is used way more in other parts of the world versus North America. When travelling internationally sometimes we get new data cards for countries and some of the locals use WhatsApp to communicate, so be sure to update your new cell number on this app.
Travel Research Apps & Sightseeing Apps
I use all these apps to complete destination research, my travel planning and overall to plan my trip! These are the best travel planning apps that give me so many great ideas for things to see and do on our trips. Book tours and outline what we planned to do on our vacation.
Use TripAdvisor to search for great restaurants and things to do in each city while visiting or planning a trip.
A great place to search out activities and day trip tours when we travel independently but want some type of organized tour for a day.
15. Get Your Guide
Buying and searching for tickets for entrance into museums, attractions, bus tours, day tours and so much more for planning trips. Lots of skip the line tickets and other savings when we purchase our tickets in advance of places we know we are going to go to.
We love to search out and mark off all the UNESCO sites we have seen around the world. This is a favourite app for us as an adventure family! We actively seek out places that are UNESCO sites because usually, they have not let us down on how remarkable they are. There is a reason they are on this list!
Travel Map Apps
17. Google Maps
Our go-to for finding our way around new places! I would be lost in so many cities without this app. Great for finding out From and To durations by car or foot to help us plan our days. I also use this for planning our road trips and determining our stops along the way.
You can download maps when you don’t have data and use them while travelling. We use these mostly for when we are in a major city center and download the city. After you are gone from the city be sure to remove the download and free up space on your phone.
19. Google Translate
We use this app to help translate and communicate in other countries. Check out the picture tool that lets you translate through your phone camera into any language. This comes in useful for when reading labels on medications or fine print on printed tickets not in English for us.
An easy way to communicate in another language with the use of pictures. Great for basic translation and for when you don’t have data, instead of doing charades!
Road Trip Planner Apps & Camping Apps
Key apps that we use for camping and travelling by trailer to find resources like campsites, bookings, gas, rest stops, etc. I have used it in Australia, New Zealand and Canada; and they have plenty more specific for each country.
Kid Travel Specific App
23. Playground Buddy
We used this app regularly to find parks and playgrounds for the kids in almost every city. They have pictures and information about the playgrounds that can help you find a place for kids to play. This is how we found one located right outside the walls in Dubrovnik and right beside the Charles Bridge in Prague. A great way to add in some kids play while touring!
Books, Movies & Music Apps
Available in almost every country. Download a few for plane rides ahead of time. Note that each country has its own Netflix so you may not always be able to find English movies in every country. Also, any movies you download in one country might not be available when you enter a new country.
Kept our backpacks lighter by having electronic versions of our books and audiobooks. Download your books when you have Wifi! We love audiobooks for listening together for long road trips too!
There are just some movies that we watch over and over. We download some for the plane and also for places that don’t have great wifi so the kids can watch in the hotel or Airbnb TV with this device. We used this SO much on our world trip because sometimes you just need some downtime and watch a show in English.
We buy some music and download onto our phones for in the car to be able to listen to music without data charges. We used this for our entire month of RVing around New Zealand. Don’t forget to bring along a car adaptor for your phone to be able to have input, not all rented vehicles have Bluetooth capabilities!
Keeping a Mobile Life Apps
When travelling full time these were apps that kept our lives mobile, and even now we still use these apps and keep them updated with important documents to have on the go anywhere. I used Google Sheets for my travel organizer for mapping out the overall itinerary of our RTW trip.
28. Scanner For Me
Scan a document and it converts it to a PDF. We used this for any type of document that we need to sign and then send it back electronically. Including when our house sold, insurance papers and documents with our lawyers.
Keep files secured and scan coloured documents for reference if needed. No more paper copies of passports, birth certificates, travel insurance in your luggage!
30. Google Docs & Google Sheets
Access any files you have with google docs or google sheets and keep them in sync with your laptops back home. The ability to access any file from anywhere and open it on your phone. These apps have saved me so much time and I love that everything is all in sync.
Most of these apps for travelers are available for both iPhone and Android phones. I found these to be the best international travel apps that I ended up on my phone after a year of travel.
I hope you find these travel apps useful and help you with your next holiday or when planning your next trip.