In the 21st Century where everything is becoming more and more reliant on technology, it is easy to plan and live life from your phone. Even as I sit at my desk typing this post up, I keep referring to my phone for messages, notes and as a general procrastination aid. Call me old fashioned, but when it comes to planning and making notes I much prefer using handwritten lists and notebooks. Although, when it comes to travelling, having everything in one device in the palm of your hand is a life and space saver. Here are a few of my favourite apps when it comes to staying organised when travelling, although its worth investing in a portable battery pack to charge on the go, cause there is nothing worse than being stranded somewhere with a dead phone and no charging port nearby.
- Google Translate. This is a life saver, especially when you are at a restaurant where no one speaks english, and the menu’s are in a different language. Or when trying to figure out directions. Theres so many aspects of this app that make it a winner. First, its free (always a plus!) and you can even download languages to work without internet to save crazy expensive roaming fees (you need to download when connected to a internet source). You can also use the camera setting and hold the phone over some text to get a instant translation.
- Flight companies. This is a broad one, and I have apps for numerous companies including Flybe, Ryanair, and Norwegian. You can search bookings, check in, check itineraries and even have a digital boarding pass that is all accessible offline as well. A super handy feature is that you can choose to save passport details in the app which makes checking in regularly so much easier.
- Google Maps. Until recently, I had always been a user of the Maps app that comes with iPhones. Everyone told me how much better Google is so I thought I’d give it a go. Its so much better, more routes, public transport information, and you can plan a route on your laptop/computer and send it to the app to use on the go. Winning.
- xe Currency. Some currency conversions are fairly easy to work out, but some are just crazy to think about. And when you want to work out if you are getting ripped off or a good deal, you need to be able to quickly and reliably check how much you are spending without opening Safari and doing a “quick” google search. This app remembers your most recent currencies and shows you the equivalent price in GBP, USD, EUR, CAD, AUD (at the time of writing this).
- Triposo. This is a new one I have downloaded, and I am yet to test it out on a trip, but so far looks promising! It basically gives you tourist information about your local location (location services) or wherever you search. This includes tours, hotels, food and drink options, historical information and basically everything you need to know about the location! This includes a weather update covering the next week, and a currency conversion. Although I have not used this part, theres a handy option to download all the information to your phone for offline use. At a quick glance, looking into Ubud, Bali, I can download all the information for Bali, or to go even wider, theres an Indonesia option, although that one is top destinations only.
These are only a few great apps, I could go on and on! But these are the key ones that will not only help you get on track of organisation but spare you packing books, and wallets of information. Got some apps to add to this list? Let me know and I will check it out, always looking to make everything easier when travelling!
Note, all these apps were got from the App Store for iPhones, may not all be available on Android.