I am fortunate enough to have travelled to over 60 countries and had the wonderful ability to experience a wide variety of cultures and customs which bring colour and vivacity to life.
My travels have varied in nature from backpacking trips, hiking trips, motorbiking and overlanding trips to bicycle touring and even diving trips. This variety of travel methods had been an adequate exposure for me to figure out what Apps are valuable in multiple situations.
Here is a short-list of Apps that are accessible to all people and I use every-time I travel.
MapsMe is a free App that lets you download Maps of regions and save them to your phone, so when your offline you can still see the Map. This App is a simpler design to terrain maps like GoogleMaps but is very easy to understand and is user friendly. I have used MapsMe in countries like Vietnam and the Phillipines on motorbike trips and it worked well. I have also used it to find small walking trails or hiking trails or even to get around cities. MapsMe continues to develop the App and add qualities such as biographies and descriptions to features on the map which give you a better understanding of what’s around you.
TransferWise or Wise as its now called is a free App which lets you send money from your home country to another country. This is a great way to pay for bookings or even transfer money to friends or for tours and events you go on. The Wise daily conversion rate is the standard rate and the ability to load your Wise account with multiple currencies is very handy. This list would not be complete without a finance or banking app and TransferWise (Wise) is certainly the one I recommend.
WhatsApp is a free App which lets you communicate with other people via the internet to send messages, send photos or send smaller files. Images and videos sent via WhatsApp retain more of their resolution than sending via messenger. Many people from across multiple nationalities use WhatsApp which makes it an easy App to stay in touch with friends from around the world. You can also make group chats in WhatsApp and the app is user friendly and no features a QR code to add people. Summary: WhatsApp is a great communication App and the one I recommend.
WeTransfer is a free App where you can send files via the internet. Files can be images, videos, word documents etc. WeTransfer gives you the ability to send multiple large files in a folder or multiple libraries, which means if you want to share bulk photos or videos of your trip with friends you can all just drop them in. If you sign up for WeTransfer Pro, than you can send up to 200GB of files in one-go, which is a lot. Summary: WeTransfer is a useful file transfer App and the one I recommend.
I have used the free Booking App many times to get me out of a pinch and find a last-minute place to stay for the night. I only book my accommodation in advance about 50% of the time and the other 50% of the time I prefer to rock up and get a feel for the town or place! For this reason Booking has been very helpful in scrolling vast amounts of accommodation types for whichever location I am in. Booking lets you see hostels, hotels, homestays and a range of different types of accommodation. You can see how each accommodation has been ranked and reviewed by other customers, what comments people have left, and what facilities the accommodation features: like wifi, breakfast included, private bathroom etc. For all these reasons the Booking App is a great tool I have used many times to make my trip smoother and easier.
It would be remise of me to not include GoogleMaps on this list. Being a free tool which is useful all around the world GoogleMaps is definitely an App I have used a lot. Depending on my situation I may use MapsMe (above) or GoogleMaps. I find in cars and on transport or when in cities GoogleMaps an easier tool to use. I also love the ability to download maps offline with GoogleMaps. For all these reasons it is a constant App I use when travelling.
This is a simple list of beginner travel Apps I use.
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