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15 FREE Mobile Apps Every Traveller Should Have

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In today’s fast-paced world, technology has become the stuff of everyday life for savvy travellers. From checking traffic update, forecasting weather, booking flights, finding a good place to eat to managing your own expenses – technology has it.   But with so many travel apps on the market, it can be hard to choose which items are worth downloading.

Here, I have selected 15 FREE mobile apps that will help you improve your overall travel experience.   

1. XE Currency

This free app is perfect for anyone travelling abroad for a prolonged period. XE Currency tracks live currency exchange rates across the world to provide you with accurate up-to-the-minute conversion tables.  This is a very useful application to avoid getting scammed by exchanges and know exactly just how much more you are paying for services compared to the ones in your home country.  So don’t even think about hopping on a plane without it. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

2. Trail Wallet

When travelling, the only way to keep track of your budget is to write down everything you spend. Save yourself from the headache of expense tracking and focus on the fun, let Trail Wallet take care of the tracking. The Trail Wallet app is easy to use just encode the dates of your trip, the currency you’ll be using, and the budget you’re planning for. From there it starts you out on a simple page that shows you if you’re in-line with your budget. It shows both how much you’ve spent for the day and for your entire trip. After you’ve been travelling awhile, you can look back on past trips and make changes if needed. An alert is set to remind you if you’re going a bit over budget and words of encouragement if you’re being a thrifty spender! (Available for iPhone).

3. FlightTrack

Follow the flight paths of thousands of international flights with more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines.  FlightTrack provides real-time departure and delay information, timely push notifications with flight updates, and gate numbers (when available). You will even be informed of cancellations and help you find alternate flightsIt also includes push flight alerts, Tripit, terminal maps and weather delays. Even when you’re not the one in the air, you can be well informed about the flight status of your friends and family. (Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry).

4. WeatherPro

WeatherPro features high-quality seven-day forecasts and weather reports for over two million cities and 800,000 points of interest worldwide. It also features the local time, temperature, humidity, visibility, wind speed, and other key factors that will inform your decision about what to wear before stepping outside. Meaning there’s no need to decipher the weather for your next trip. With the help of this app, you can avoid a vacation disaster. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

5. Foodspotting

With Foodspotting, you can find the dishes you are craving for fast and easy.  You will also see what’s good at any restaurant wherever you go complete with reviews and feedback from food spotters .  This app is perfect for the dedicated foodie.  Just open it up, search for whatever dish you fancy at that moment and it shows all the best places to find it within a certain radius.  (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

6. Hostelworld

Hostelworld is a geo-tagged directory of around 25,000 cheap hotels around the world. It also gives you access to 3.5 million user reviews, so you can ensure that you that you are getting the best offer. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

7. TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is one of the best online sources for travelers, particularly because it has in-depth reviews of hotels, restaurants, and sites to see. Photos uploaded by other users are also helpful for getting a glimpse of a place from an unbiased point of view.  TripAdvisor also offers a standalone Offline City Guides app to more than 80 destinations you can download and access later without a mobile data connection. There is also the “Near Me” option that lets you discover places near you worth visiting.  (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

8. Google Maps

Taking Google Maps with you is one of the best options to explore new places. The service touts coverage for more than 200 countries and territories spanning the globe, providing turn-based and voice-guided navigation with 360-degree street views regardless of whether you’re walking, biking, driving, or taking public transit. The interface is also impeccably clean, making it a lot easier to use.(Available for iPhone and Android).

9. Google Translate

Google Translate provides  translations between 80 different languages.   Simply say the  phrase you want to be translated and Google Translate will repeat your words in the foreign language of your choice.  This app allows  you to listen to translations out loud so you can say those phrases accurately.  Best of all, you can even star your favorite words or phrases for offline access or view dictionary results for a single word or phrase. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

10. Uber

Getting around a foreign city can be stressful, especially if you don’t speak the language. With the on-demand Uber, you can now quickly request a private car or taxi directly within the app.  The app gives you a fair estimate for a ride to your destination, and the driver can see it on the map, too. When your ride is over, Uber charges your credit card the right amount, and you don’t have to tip. Uber is worldwide, with services in more than 50 countries. Plus, no need for reservations! (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

11. Free Wi-Fi Finder

The Free Wi-Fi Finder shows where you can find free wireless connections in urban areas. You can search with a directory or simply enable the Wi-Fi scanner to locate the nearest hot spots. It works worldwide, so be sure to download it before your next trip to avoid being charged pricey roaming fees. Why to pay  if you can connect for free!  (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

12. TripIt

Let TripIt organize your travel plans into an itinerary so all your trip details are in one place. It can store all your plane tickets, hotel booking, car rentals, and anything to plan your trip in one master online itinerary. You also have the option to add maps, weather info or any other information to help you get the most of your vacation. After you create the online itinerary you can automatically book hotels, museums, theater or other activities. (Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).

13. Offline City Guides

No internet? Worry not, this app got you covered.  Offline City Guides lets you explore new travel destinations and cobble together a loose itinerary for what you might want to see, do, and eat when you arrive.  It has over 150 cities packed with great places to visit and beautiful travel guides by local experts. GPS is free with super-fast offline maps! (Available for iPhone and Android).

14. Field Trip

The field trip is technically a guide in your pocket! This app allows you to discover hidden gems in cities around the world without doing any work at all. It has a combined geotagged reviews and explanations for points of interest from a number of publications which notify you when you’re passing by something worth checking out. This means that when you show up at a new place all the interesting details about that place are ready and waiting for you to access, right in that convenient, card-based interface. (Available for iPhone and Android).

15. GPSmyCity

If you want to maximize your travel experience, then this app is for you.  This is a collection of apps for IOS and Android featuring walks in almost 500 cities across the world.  GPSmyCity allows you to follow guided city walks without actually joining an organized tour. These GPS-powered applications come with a detailed route map and accurate turn-by-turn walking directions to guide users from one spot to the next without getting lost. 

The available tours cover a wide range of topics, from famous attractions to monuments to interesting sights to the cities’ hidden gems.  Snippets of information about the places are prompted too.  Which is a great alternative to eliminate paying tourist guides and enjoy the city at your own pace. 

This application is not for free, but in collaboration with GPSmyCity  I have the app FREE for you.  The first 10 readers will receive promo codes that will allow you to download the full version – which normally costs US$4.99 in the App Store.  How to join?

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All you have to do is comment on this article and  choose the city you intend to use the app.  For the list of cities covered click here

Promo codes will be sent via email on  December 24, 2015.

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Hope you found the list helpful for your next trip!  If you have any other suggestions please feel free to share it with me and also please don’t forget to share this article with your friends!

Best of luck and happy travels everyone!

Photo by: liligo.com.uk

 

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46 comments on “15 FREE Mobile Apps Every Traveller Should Have

  1. Rah Ul
    December 16, 2015

    wow wow wow!! I had never thought about how useful having these apps could be. I always relied using Google.com as the source to get to their websites. Thanks!! 🙂

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    • Ynah CA
      December 16, 2015

      Hi Rah UI, glad to be of help! – let those apps do the work for you hehe 🙂 By the way, what city are you interested in for the GPSmyCity apps? I am giving away promo codes so you can download the full version for free! Let me know 🙂

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  2. Mark Williams
    December 17, 2015

    Great apps and now you can use Uber via Facebook Messenger although it may only be in the US.

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    • Ynah CA
      December 17, 2015

      That’s good news! That would mean easier access:)

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  3. Svet Dimitrov
    December 17, 2015

    Very nice post! I am already using some of them – Google’s apps, Uber. I will definitely try the weather app, because my (accu weather) is bad. Thanks!

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    • Ynah CA
      December 17, 2015

      Hi Svet thank you…. do try it’s a good app!

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  4. Davy
    December 17, 2015

    Hi I’m interested in GPSmyCity, is there Seoul, Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo on the list? Im not able to see the list but I intend to use it on those cities 😉

    This is a great article Will definitely try also the foodspotting, AirBnB is a good app too. 😉

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    • Ynah CA
      December 17, 2015

      Hi Jovs! Yes all the cities that you have mentioned is on the list. But you have to choose only one 😉 Let me know which appeal to you the most!

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  5. Milosz Zak
    December 17, 2015

    So glad I actually have the majority of these. You can really tell a lot about a person by the kinds of apps they have. I guess it means I am a real traveler, ha ha.

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    • Ynah CA
      December 17, 2015

      That’s good to know Milosz! Technology can really make things a lot easier to handle – just have to know when and how to use them 🙂

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  6. Marta - Learningescapes
    December 17, 2015

    What: foodspotting? How did I not know about it: I love the idea!! I guess it works everywhere so I can try it at home too? Maybe I’ll discover a new local favourite, how fun!

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    • Ynah CA
      December 18, 2015

      Yes Marta it works everywhere! What’s fascinating about this app is that not only get to see where to eat but you will also be prompted with reviews…so you’ll know which is the best option!

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  7. Restless Worker
    December 18, 2015

    These are all great! I always use Airbnb even just to view places I dream of staying at one day 🙂

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    • Ynah CA
      December 18, 2015

      Thank you Restless Worker! And aside from that you’ll get a chance to be with the locals – hotels can’t do that 😉

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  8. Marjorie
    December 18, 2015

    I have Uber, Google Maps, and XE Currency. I’m going to download the wifi finder, I sure need that.

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    • Ynah CA
      December 18, 2015

      Hi Marjorie! For staying connected without spending, let wifi finder do the works! Happy travels 🙂

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  9. Anita Hendrieka
    December 18, 2015

    I haven;t heard of foodspotting so I must add it! Great post 🙂

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    • Ynah CA
      December 18, 2015

      Thanks Anita! Yes do try foodspotting, you will love it!

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  10. Oyster
    December 18, 2015

    Oh wow these are cool! I downloaded a few already (some I already have). The foodspotting one seems to be outdated for Vegas (where I am), but the field trip one sounds like tons of fun! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Ynah CA
      December 18, 2015

      Thanks Oyster! Hope it will make your travels stress free and less worrisome 🙂 fieldtrip is really cool, its like having a tourguide in your pocker!

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  11. Claudia
    December 19, 2015

    Nice array of apps. I hardly use them as I tend to rely on people and asking around most of the time, but then again I usually travel to Latin America where I speak the language. I should download all of them for when I travel to other parts of the world!

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      People interaction is always the best! Mobile apps can also be a good resort – just have to know when and how to use it 😉

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  12. Sarah M
    December 19, 2015

    Yes there are such a lot aren’t there? If I had to pick one then google maps would be my absolute favourite. I can still remember the days when we had to carry paper maps and try and figure out which way we were walking. Now there’s this awesome blue dot that tells us exactly where we are

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Yeah I agree with you Sarah, and i can perfectly relate to the map issue haha…

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  13. carolcolborn
    December 19, 2015

    Wow, I didn’t know any of these except Google Maps. What a useful arsenal. Thanks so much. You are tech-savvy!

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Well, it’s time to level up Carol 😉 and let these technology do the work!

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  14. Lots of nice apps here, I use many of them! The offline city maps sound like a great idea, and the free wifi finder, so useful! 🙂

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Yes Christine, the wifi finder is really of great use. Love it!

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  15. travellingchingrita
    December 20, 2015

    Great travel apps; definitely downloading the wifi finder and fieldtrip! Seriously, I find that I get so overwhelmed with apps it’s hard to keep track of them.

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Thank you travellingchingrita! Hahha yeah sometimes it can be overwhelming. But its good to have them, in case you’ll be needing it in the future.

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  16. Leticia Perez
    December 20, 2015

    Nice collection of apps! I don’t use the currency converters a lot but I’ll check the XE app for the next trip 🙂

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Thanks Leticia! Yes give it a try, its wasy to use and very handy.

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  17. I use the trip advisor and google translate app a lot but not heard of some of the others so I will have to give them a go! Thanks

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  18. Julius from Traveltipy
    December 21, 2015

    Well, this is something I am totally clueless here. I still use old Nokia C-2 and never heard about any application that I could install there. 🙂 But I never go anywhere without prior checking my route on Google Maps. I use to print it and have a paper with me. 🙂 Old school…

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Hehhehe.. Maybe you should try one or two apps… It will really make your travels alot easier 😉

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  19. Alexandrea
    December 21, 2015

    Cool list, I’m obsessed with google maps (atleast in the countries where it actually helps)

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Thanks Alexandria, yeah google maps really do wonders!

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  20. Christa
    December 21, 2015

    Great list! I already use quite a few of these and I also like the Duolingo app for learning new languages before I travel

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Thank you Christa! Yeah heard about the Duolingo but I havent give it try though. May be I should check it out.

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  21. Elaine J. Masters
    December 21, 2015

    I have used several of these but need to incorporate Hostelworld and the Weather apps. Great outline.

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    • Ynah CA
      December 21, 2015

      Weather apps is very useful, yeah you got to try it. Same as with hostleworld 🙂

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  22. Lucy
    December 21, 2015

    Great list! I found one new for me and actually very interesting … foodspotting… thanks ! ^_^

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    • Ynah CA
      December 22, 2015

      Yes Lucy, that’s a great app! You will love it 🙂

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  23. NYC JetSetter
    December 22, 2015

    map me is a good one too!! Great tips

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