What would travel be these days without our technology? Would people even know how to travel without cameras as small as our palms, bag tags that track when you’re luggage has landed and apps that tell you the best places to eat? I sure wouldn’t be half the traveler I am without all of my favorite travel apps and websites. We’ve got endless amounts of information out there on even the most remote of places. We can share, post, snap, insta, whatsapp and tweet. We can find the lowest price on round-the-world flights within seconds. We can chat face-to-face with family even when we’re thousands of miles away.
Technology has made such a profound impact on the way we travel – making it safer, easier and cheaper to travel now more than ever. To think how my parents traveled through Europe in the 80s without having the Eurorail App astonishes me. And it’s also probably the reason they got stopped in Yugoslavia instead of making the train to Greece…
With all of the apps and gadgets and gizmos, it’s hard to decide which ones are worth your time and which ones will just be thrown into the pile of the unused – the misfits. Being that I’ve tried quite my fair share of travel tech over the last few years, I’ve put together a list of apps/websites for you to use during your travels.
- Outbound App – No matter how seasoned of a traveler you are, you can never escape the desire to connect with those around you. Whether you’re solo, in a group or as a couple, connecting with like-minded travelers is what it’s all about. Luckily, there’s an app for just that. Outbound App allows you to find travelers nearby to you, message people to meet up, find group events in your area and even post up notice boards for anything and everything related to travel.
- TourAmigo – If you’re looking to travel on a tour, the search may feel never ending. There’s thousands of tours out there to choose from, and Tour Amigo is the first website in its kind to allow you to search, filter and compare tours based on location, duration, price, activities, etc. There’s also an awesome review feature that lets you get a 1st person perspective on what each tour is really like.
- Zipkick – If there’s one trend that the travel industry has seen increase the most over the last 5 years, it’s that travelers want and demand a personalized experience. Travelers want authenticity and personalization, which is exactly what Zipkick aims to bring to the table. Zipkick provides personalized travel plans, and the more you search, the more personalized it gets. Zipkick is convenient, fast and easy to use.
- Skyscanner – I think I may have spent more time stalking Skyscanner this year than my Facebook newsfeed. This website and app is a serious lifesaver when it comes to finding the cheapest flights around the world. Many people ask me how I afford to fly so much, and the short answer is: “hard work and Skyscanner.” Skyscanner finds the cheapest flights for you on the days you need to travel, and takes you to the appropriate site to book from there.
- XE (Currency Exchange) – I’m pretty sure my boyfriend constantly keeps his XE App open while we travel. This app allows you to easily pull up exchange rates in any currency. It also allows you to calculate amounts in different currencies so you can be sure you aren’t paying too much or getting ripped off at the exchange counters. The great thing about it is that you don’t need wifi!
- Eurail Planner – I still remember my days traveling through Europe, my eyes glued to the timetables on my iPhone screen. Eurail Planner was key to making sure we didn’t miss any trains and connections. It’s also really useful for when you don’t know the language being said over the intercom in a foreign country because the app will show you where you are on the route and when to get off.
What’s your favorite travel app?