My Favourite Travel Apps for iPhone – Top 10 Best Free Travel Apps!
My iPhone becomes an invaluable resource when I’m travelling – not only does it double as my camera and social media hub, but the travel apps make me feel like I’m walking around with a personal guide. I’m directed where to go, what places to see, how to get there, where to stay. Languages disappear, tickets are all in one place – the possibilities are endless. I’m here to share 10 of my favourite travel apps (all free!) that ensure a smooth trip, as well as saving me both time and money!
Google Translate (iOS / Android)
You’re in a new city. You don’t speak the language. Signs and street names are everywhere, and you can’t read a damn thing. Chances are, you’ve used Google Translate at some point, but only on webpages and blocks of text. It may seem like a thing of the future, but Google can translate those things – in real time! Using your phone’s camera, Google will translate the foreign words and visually overlay the translation on top of the word. You can type to translate 90 languages, use your camera to translate text instantly in 26 languages, and use two-way automatic speech translation in 40 languages!
City Mapper was recommended to me by my counsin (who lives in Central London). She said it was a fantastic transportation app – much like Google Maps, but tailored to specific cities. According to their website, City Mapper combines all available transit to find the best route: subway / metro, bus, train, Uber, rail, ferry, bike share & personal bike with cycle lanes. There are real-time directions, departure times and disruptions. It’s great because it keeps up to date with current transportation conditions, such as traffic, delayed subways, or bus detours.
The people’s taxi. I don’t know about you, but I hate using taxis. The ones in Toronto are pretty gross, and then there’s the whole deal of carrying cash and tipping the driver. Uber is super handy because all payments are done through the app itself, so you can just hop, hop out, and no money crosses your hands! You are also shown an approximate fare and arrival time before you request a ride. The receipts are emailed to you and include a map of the recorded ride. Drivers are rated by previous riders as well! I absolutely love Uber and I’m glad they’re not leaving Toronto anymore. If you’ve never tried Uber, use the code ‘UBERSACHIE‘ for a free ride up to $15! Handy if you’re heading out for the weekend! 🙂
I absolutely love using Yelp. As I’m sure many of you may know, Yelp is a recommendation and review website. In an unfamilar area and looking for a new place to eat at? A hip new bar or club, or a local takeout place? You can search for places according to category (eg. Happy hour, hotels and travel, nightlife…etc) Reviews often give tips on what to eat, where to park, and other things you may not know, so make sure to read them! Especially from Elite Members!
An app I recently discovered is OpenTable, which easily helps travelling diners discover and book great restaurants along their journey. The OpenTable app makes it easy for diners to read restaurant reviews, view menus and understand how much an average meal costs before making a reservation. OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online reservations, with more than 1,700 restaurant customers in Canada, diners are able to book that meal right on their device. Diners also earn points for each reservation they make, which they can exchange for free meals they can share with family and friends.
Hotel Tonight is one of those last minute hotel deal apps, except it has an incredibly smooth and easy to use interface as well as fast and secure booking (just 3 taps and a swipe – boom! You’re booked.). As the name suggests, the rates and most beneficial for those looking for a last minute stay – you are able to search by city or local area for rooms that night or the night after (although you are also able to book rooms in advance like a normal hotel website, but the rates will be normal.) The app also gives the ability to search by room type (Basic, hip, and luxe.)
One of the most helpful apps that I’ve tried! Tripit essentially condensions all of your travel documents into one master itinerary. That means no more frantically searching for documents last minute at the airport! You simply forward all your hotel, flight, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org… TripIt automagically transforms your emails into a master itinerary for every trip so all your plans are in one place., even without wifi, or in offline mode!
Quite an easy and efficient one, especially during the planning and budgeting stage of the trip. XE is a currency conversion app, showing you real-time conversion rates.
SkyScanner is a super convenient app – you can easily search flights, hotels and cars all in one place. The app loads various flights and travel info in an unbiased way, showing the best deals and offers in one handy list! I’ve booked quite a few flights through them because the booking process is so easy. You can also choose to track prices and receive push notifications when there’s a price drop. The app is also offered in over 30 langages!
Not specifically a travel-related app, but super helpful when you’re on the go! Also if you use your phone as a camera. Battery Doctor cleans out your phone’s cache and reduces RAM usage. Apps like Facebook and Instagram take up a lot of space on your phone because of all the saved images. Battery doctor flushes them out – this results in a longer battery life, and more space for photos and videos! I highly recommend this app – I use it almost every day!
There you go, my top 10 best free travel apps! What are some of your travel essentials? Do you have any favourite apps that make the travel planning/adventuring process easier?