Beccas' Favorite Travel Apps
My top five travel apps
How did people travel without iPhones? How did I travel without my iPhone!?
I remember my first trip to Thailand in 2011 where I checked into my facebook once in the whole 5 weeks at a slow internet cafe and where we almost lost a tonne of money trying to book a flight because of some super dodgy internet connection. And then I fast forward to traveling now, where more often than not every hostel offers WiFI and I can check my bank account, see my sisters face on skype and book my next accommodation or flight at quite simply the push of a button on a device that fits into my hand.
Kind of awesome how far technology has come in such little time and if I’m honest… I’m super grateful for it and it makes a lot of my travels easier.
Here I have my top 5 apps that I use either with or without internet.
1. Trail Wallet
The only app I think I've ever paid more than 0.69p and it was worth every penny. This app is for the traveller who likes to track their spending and if you're sticking to a strict budget... it's hard to go over it when you can see all your expenses before you. As soon as you get accustomed to putting in your expenses as you spend them it really does the rest of the work for you. Categorising everything and telling you when you have some extra money to spend. I love this app and couldn't recommend it highly enough. Even for short week breaks, it's good to know where your money has gone.
2. Currency converter
This one is straightforward. It can be used offline and it saves any awkward money exchanges where you don't realise till after you may have spent a little more than you wanted to while out at the market. Especially when travelling to various different countries it's easy to get the currencies confused and with this, it's as easy as pulling out your phone visualising it for yourself.
Whenever I book a flight I will always book it via Skyscanner or Kayak. It allows you to see all the cheapest airfare and it's so easy to navigate it saves all the hassle of some cheap airlines and their constant complications. I've found some super great last-minute flights and It's great that you can compare the flight time and the price.
As a Londoner, I don't actually know how anyone got about without using Map apps. CityMapper is the best way to get around in London by far with exact train times and giving you a good ETA. It works on offline mode if you put in your location before leaving wifi and now having tried it in LA, San Francisco and Mexico City I'm impressed with how it can navigate you around these big cities with the same precision. (can also be used in offline mode once you have put in your address)
5. Banking App
The thought of traveling without the ease of my bank's App is almost quite terrifying. Being able to log on, move my money about, transfer, check my balances, top up my travel card all at the tap of a button is such a luxury. My banking app if linked to my travel card (Monzo) and it's the best way to track my spending and ensure everything is secure. If your bank has an app I highly recommend you download it.
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