The Best Free Travel Apps

Updated Jan 2019. 

To save room in my luggage, I never take travel guides, maps, or language dictionaries anymore. Instead I use the following apps to help me in every step of my travels.

FLIGHTS + HOTELS

orbitz

ORBITZ: Usually has better flight and hotel deals than their competitors. Earn Orbitz bucks to redeem on the next hotel or flight booking. They usually have promo codes here. Most of the time, I’ll use this app to book a hotel.

 

Hotel TonightHOTEL TONIGHT: Last minute deals for empty hotel rooms in major cities. Choose from 3 hotel categories: Basic, Hip & Luxe. A great way to discover new hotels.

 

BookingBOOKING.COM: Compare hotels and read verified user reviews. Plenty of options and easy to use.

 

AirbnbAIRBNB: A quick way to book shared or private apartments at Airbnb’s one-of-a-kind accommodations.

 

Hostelworld

HOSTELWORLD: For the backpackers. Endless hostel options anywhere in the world.

 

GETTING READY

TripcaseTRIPCASE: Sign up for an account on the site or on the app. Email your travel confirmations to trips@tripcase.com, and the app will help organize your itinerary and send you travel alerts. This is one of my favourite travel apps.

 

PackpointPACKPOINT: “A travel app that practically packs your bags for you”. Answer a few questions, such as your gender, destination and type of trip, and Packpoint creates a packing checklist for each trip.

 

Google KeepGOOGLE KEEP: You can always create your own packing list, other to-do lists and even voice notes with Google Keep. Since it’s connected with your Google account, it’s accessible online so you’ll never lose your lists.

 

DropboxDROXBOX: Be on the safe side and put your important documents, such as your flight itinerary, hotel confirmations, and copies of travel visas, in the Dropbox app. If you’re ever without your smartphone or laptop, your files will be accessible online. Create shared folders and share your files with family or friends.

 

EXPENSES

XE currency converterXE CURRENCY CONVERTER: Convert every world currency. This app has live propriety currency rates and charts. It also works offline with the last updated rates.

 

Monefy App

MONEFY: Stick to your travel budget with the help of this expense tracking app. Android only. iPhone users, try Money Manager Pro.

 

SPLITWISE: When traveling with others, this app makes splitting expenses a breeze.

 

GETTING AROUND

Google MapsGOOGLE MAPS: A true lifesaver. Save important locations on your Google map so you always know where everything is and how to get there. If the map is loaded and your location is on, Google Maps can be used offline to track where you are and where you need to go to reach your destination. Not always 100% accurate, but easier than trying to figure out a real map.

 

Smart CompassSMART COMPASS: Sometimes it helps to know which direction you’re facing. Android only, but there are numerous compass apps available for iPhone and Android.

 

CityMapperCITYMAPPER: “The ultimate real time transit app.” If you ever want to take the bus with the locals, Citymapper figures out the urban transit systems for you. Needs internet to work.

 

WazeWAZE SOCIAL GPS MAPS & TRAFFIC: If you’re driving, this app gives you real time travel & road info. Needs internet to work.

 

LOCAL RECOMMENDATIONS

TripadvisorTRIP ADVISOR: Great for checking user reviews for hotels and destinations.

 

YelpYELP: Avoid tourist traps and mediocre food with Yelp reviews. Search for restaurants by neighbourhood, price, distance, food type and what’s open now.

 

LANGUAGES

PhrasebookPHRASEBOOK: Learn 800 commonly used phrases and vocabularies in 13 languages from this multilingual parrot. Works offline.

 

DuolingoDUOLINGO: Learn a new language from scratch with this addictive game. 10 languages offered so far, and counting. Can work offline with limits. Also a desktop game.

 

Google TranslateGOOGLE TRANSLATE: Translate between 90 languages. Use the camera to translate text from images. Works offline.

These are all my favourite free travel apps. If you want to know about the paid app I always use when I’m abroad, read this post.

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What are your favourite travel apps? Let me know in the comments below.

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