Apps that you cannot travel without
Still being in the holiday pre-spirit, I though this week I would share with you my essential apps that I just cannot travel without. Most of us #careerlions have a lot on our plate and don’t have as much time to prepare for an upcoming trip. That is where technology has provided us some much-needed support once we are on holiday. Convenient to ensure that we actually have a nice place to stay, don’t get lost and where to have the best food in the area. Here are some of my favorite apps that I am sure will guide us through our upcoming holiday!
While I am usually a major Google fan, for maps abroad I prefer maps.me. The best part with this app is that you can download maps that have a great level of detail. This includes many hiking trails for instance even indicating the level of difficulty. Great to make sure that you don’t get lost somewhere on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. If you are planning to use it for navigation purposes while renting a car for instance, I would like to point out that it doesn’t necessarily take into account the different types of road. The app more than happily navigates you over gravel even if there was a much better alternative that on distance alone seems a bit of a detour.
Ebook Reader – Lonely Planet
On my previous holiday, I wasn’t able to acquire an English Lonely Planet or any travel book for that matter. That is why we ended up buying one online that you could download in any form of ebook you prefer. Personally, I am such a fan of their pdf book that you put on multiple devices. I have it on both my phone and iPad now. No need to carry extra weight, easy search functionalities and easy to zoom in when reading. Did I mention environmentally friendly?
What would I do without my TripAdvisor app? I am not exactly sure! I especially like looking up the restaurants that are best in the area and take the ones that also got a good review by Lonely Planet consulting the pdf file on my iPad or iPhone. This way I am sure that I have seen all the options, but I also know a bit more about the prices and dishes that they serve. TripAdvisor is also great to scout the best activities when you are on holiday. They also have a very big reviewer base.
Who doesn’t know Booking.com?! Well, while I am sure you are all very much know the website their app is also very nice. It provides you a quick way to make a reservation when travelling, but it also keeps all of your reservation details in a nicely organized manner. Details include phone numbers, the location, weather forecasts and routing info. Especially if you make all your reservations via Booking.com, you will find an overview of your itinerary.
In the Netherlands I have never used Uber honestly. However, in other countries I am a major fan. It is usually a lot cheaper than taxi’s, but the major advantage for me is especially that you don’t need cash and is immediately charged on your credit card. It is also great to know how much longer you have to wait and an actual estimate of the fare without having to bargain with the driver.
I am so excited for our trip and can’t wait to be using all of these apps again. Are you ready to give some of these a try? What are your go to apps when you are abroad? Any tips for us? Share below!