Don't Get On A Plane Without These 6 Apps
6 Apps Every Traveler Should Have
6 Apps Every Traveler Should Have
From paying too much for a flight to getting your period unexpectedly, traveling can come with all sorts of challenges. Here are six of our favorite apps to help make your journey stress-free so you can better enjoy your trip.
Skyscanner is a flight aggregator. Once you put in your travel dates and destination, Skyscanner accesses information from all of the airlines flying from your origin and to your destination during each specific time period. That way, you can see all of your possible flights in one place, and pick which one is the cheapest or most convenient. If your travel dates are flexible, you can adjust the settings to see the cheapest month for traveling. You can also use the app to set price alerts, meaning that Skyscanner will email you whenever the price of a flight to your destination goes down.
With the Hostelworld app, you can access a map of where you’ll be traveling to, and zoom in to see all the hostels in the area and their prices. You can also read other travelers’ reviews of each ones in order to best make your decision about where to stay, and book your stay directly through the app. Because some hostels are more social and some are more chill, reading through the reviews is a good way to determine the vibe of the hostel before you book to find somewhere that’s good for you.
Tourlina is for female-identifying individuals to find other female travel buddies, either for traveling together or for meeting up once you’re already there. You plug your interests into the app, and then select the dates you’ll be traveling and where you’re traveling to in order to find someone who will be there at the same time. The app also lets you select your travel style to make sure you’re compatible with each other - spontaneous, planned, luxury, budget, etc.
Like Tinder, you can only talk to another Tourlina user if you both “like” each other. Once you find someone who looks cool, you can “swipe right.” If she thinks you look like a good travel companion, she’ll “swipe right” on you too, and then you can plan where to meet up.
4. Women Safety
This app is ideal for traveling with a friend who tends to wander off. (Or if you tend to wander off.) Before your trip, input the phone number of your travel buddy and any other emergency contacts into the Women Safety app. If you’re ever alone and feel unsafe, simply pressing a button on the app will send a text to your emergency contacts with your location and a link to the relevant Google Map. It will also automatically send two pictures of your surroundings along with an audio clip, so your contact can get a better sense of what’s going on, and either contact the police, call you to create a distraction or show up and intervene accordingly. You can also update your “safety status” so your emergency contacts can tell the severity of the situation - green for fine, orange for probably fine, and red for SOS.
If you’re directionally challenged like I am, MAPS.ME is about to be your new best friend. This app helps you navigate wherever you are without being connected to the Internet. Before you leave, use the app to download a map of every city you’ll be visiting. If you know specific places you’ll be going to, plug those into the app so it already recognizes the route when it’s time to go. (The bus route from the airport to your hostel, for example.)
I like to get an international SIM card when I travel, so I don’t have to worry about finding WiFi, but if it’s too expensive or not working properly, MAPS.ME is the way to go.
See also: Google Maps’s offline maps feature.
6. Ask Tia
Created by a group of women’s health specialists, you can chat with “Tia” whenever you want about your period, birth control, or any other sexual health questions you might have. Tia responds instantly, usually with emojis, and sometimes with a GIF. She even calls you “bae.” Tia can remind you to take your birth control and help you track your period so you don’t end up with a surprise visit from Aunt Flo while on a plane to Israel, or something.