Have you ever stopped to think that, as of today, we’re finally able to bring almost EVERYTHING in our pockets that we once had to bring on our luggage? Maps, money, flight tickets, contact lists, accommodation information…
Technologies have come to solve a bunch of problems of complicated, and busy, travelers’ life. Communication difficulties, GPS guidance, luggage management, or safety concerns were all mitigated.
Travel has become lighter, more affordable, and smarter. And thanks to what? The evolution of our almost-vital (admit it!) mobile phones, and the technologies they have brought to our lives.
In this post, we’ll give out to you our selection of some Android or iPhone apps that we consider to be the truest life-savers on the go!
1. ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS!
The iOS system app that allows you to have an electronic record of your blood type, allergies, chronic illness, or any other essential contraindication to a healthcare professional looking after you if you find yourself in an unconscious situation.
Speaking of less dramatic episodes – this app counts your steps, uphill hauls, and walking or running distances! This can be handy, for example, when you want to know how many miles your group has traveled through foreign lands on a given day.
- Register your emergency clinical profile
- Track your walks
Maps from all around the world, accessible offline. Should we go on? We think not! This is the life-saver of so many backpackers!
- Geographic orientation, anywhere in the world, even without internet
It will never make you feel (so) lost if you are in a country where you are totally unfamiliar with its mother tongue. Use it and abuse it!
This mobile application is very responsive.
It also allows you to translate through the use of your camera, and you can download some dictionaries for offline usage.
- Text (and voice) translation for all languages of the world (God bless! :))
It allows you to access in real time to currency conversion. It’s a good catch whenever you think they’re charging you slightly more than you thought your meal was worth!
And more – you don’t need to be connected to the internet to enjoy these services.
- Real time currency conversion
Essential! Do not neglect to keep it in your pocket (and not just in your memory) the best tips, directions, addresses, or useful contacts of your trips. In addition to this, your travel notes are also an album of memories that one day you will smile upon revisiting…
- Not only can you record written notes, but you can also add photos, emails, and useful contacts
2. $$$ Management!
This application represents a very recent revolution for a payment method when you find yourself outside of your country.
With Revolut, you have the opportunity pay for your expenses while exchanging between different currencies, without paying fees.
That’s why this system saves you a lot of money!
- Connects with GPay system
- Lets You Not Pay Currency Exchange Rates
Splitwise makes it easy to split expenses with friends and family. It organizes all shared expenses, so everyone can know “who owes what to whom”, currency wise. This data is stored in a cloud that you can access from anywhere.
The App aims to be fair and impartial, and helps your get back your money from your friends with friendly automatic reminders that are sent to all user..
If you are sharing holiday expenses with friends, and you don’t want to be “upset” you with money splitting, this app is for you!
- Expense split between travelers
- Sends automatic payment reminders to travelers
Are you a little careless about the bills, or a little control-freak about your expenses !? This app is for you. With up to 25 transactions, this app manages your wallet, and you can see which days you spent more or less, during the trip.
Collect and compare your expenses at any time, trip by trip!
- Travel pocket-money management
3. FIND THE BEST SPOTS!
Here are some applications in case you want to find the most popular places and experiences among travelers.
You can choose among restaurants, parks, monuments, bars… You decide!
- Tips for finding the most popular places wherever you are
Foursquare, in addition to a travel guide, is also a social network where you can find and interact with your friends (within the app) that are closeby.
When you check in at a place, they get a notification, and can find you more easily!
- Social network that allows you to check in at visited places and interact with other users
4. FEELING BORED…
According to the site itself, the “biggest treasure hunt in the world”! This application allows you to find “treasures” that users are leaving around places they visit. For example, you can find hidden inside a flowerbed in Prague a box with messages from several travelers from around the world!
When there’s nothing else to look for, it’s worth a try… You never know what’s behind a Geocache 🙂
- Game invented to find little souvenirs that every traveler is leaving around the world – go catch it!
Perfect for spending time on a long scale and learning about any subject that calls out for your curiosity. Go for it and see how you do!
- Almost infinite quizzes on various subjects
Simple: select what you are looking for (Thai food, street art, viewpoints…) and boom! Sighter finds the nearest places where you can find the best experiences related to your hobbies or interests.
- Collect your interests and lead you to places that you will enjoy visiting
We’re not sure if you already often use this app, but it’s a good time-killer for any airport delays, queues, if you’re in the mood for a run, or if you’re done with your playlist, a good Podcast can be the best of all travel buddies.
- Collection of national and international podcasts, spoken in several languages.
5. SPORTS & WELLNESS
If you like trekking, Wikiloc is an application where you discover the best outdoor hiking, biking and many other activities.
You can even share your trekkings with your friends and bookmark your favorites!
- Maps to discover and register your best outdoor activities
This is for runners, joggers, and great hikers around the world. The Nike Run Club has the particularity of not only recording your runs or rides, but also recording your performance, and gives you weekly motivations of all kinds…
It may happen that you hear, instead of the typical “workout finished” message, a comment from Katy Perry – “Hey! Great workout! ”:)
- Record of walking and jogging activities
In addition to giving you lots of directions about dining places around you, these apps will tell you where you can find the restaurants that really satisfy your dietary restrictions.
- List of rated restaurants adapted to your wishes / dietary limitations
Do you need a cheap ride and a trustful person to take you to your destination? BlaBlaCar is an amazing ride sharing application that lets you find a driver anywhere in Europe.
It is usually a fraction of the price compared to trains. Plus, there are driver reviews to let you know if they are on time, safe, or good for a conversation.
- Cheap car rides in various parts of Europe
A classic for true backpackers who don’t intend to spend a penny on overnight stays, and aren’t always willing to sleep on that uncomfortable train bench.
- Community of hosts that welcome travelers to sleep “on your couch”
Booking, Airbnbm Hostelworld, Homeaway…
You decide how you prefer to travel and sleep… These applications have been around for several years and are very reliable in terms of expectation versus reality issues!
Use the filters of each application to find the right accommodation for your needs.
- Website/apps for accommodation bookings
These apps bring together multiple options that combine your flights and find the best and cheapest routes to travel to anywhere. Generally, these combinations pay off, but you should always compare them with the prices you would get from your flight by buying them directly from the official airlines.
If there are differences, we could be talking about hundreds of euros that you could be saving!
- Websites/apps for flight bookings and other services
8. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT…
Yes! There is an app to manage your hangover, and give you the best tips to get over it! Select your drinks, they make the cocktail and… Maybe, just maybe they will help you get trhough the day, and pass on to the next stage of your messy journey!
- Help to get over the worst hangovers of your travels
Tinder, Grinder, and the other latest online dating apps are a success not only for dating itself, but also, sometimes, for getting in touch with locals and maybe making great friends and getting great tips. What these apps are for, it’s completely up to you. Try it and use it … With moderation!
- Online dating apps for… dating, etc!
Technology is essential for any cautious backpacker!
A trip is made out of different roads and paths: some are easy, some are difficult, or sometimes, you just don’t know what’s behind the curve. That is why, in any adventure, the greater our prevention is for the unforeseen,the better off we will be, every time!
We hope this post will make you a 2.0 adventurer!
Now you’re ready for your best, most defying, and wildest adventures. 😉
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