Traveling in a new place can be hard, but with help it can feel like exploring your home town! Here is my list of the top 10 apps for traveling in Europe!
Airbnb is one of my favorite apps to utilize when traveling somewhere new. You can find cheap accommodations at the last minute, and it is usually a lot nicer than a hotel or hostel! You can pick from a single room in an apartment, or an entire apartment if you want.
Traveling can be incredibly hard if you can’t use your maps on you phone since you (probably) don’t have a phone that allows you to use data abroad without changing you outrageous fees! This app is an absolute LIFE SAVER!! I was introduced to this app while on one of my travels in southern Italy and have used it on every single trip since then! The way it works is you can download specific maps for countries/ regions that you need at the moment and since it downloads to your phone you do not need data to use the map (once it’s downloaded). You can also star places on the map so you can plan out where all you want to visit and receive directions to each place, without having to use any data!
I love using Yelp, even when I’m just at home! It is great to find new places to eat and get an idea for what the food is actually like. Personally, I only use Yelp for food recommendations but you can also find bars and the like with it as well.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to use data while you travel I highly recommend google maps over any other maps provider (especially apple!). Google Maps provides you with directions that include the use of public transportation, which you will most likely be using. So it will tell you where the underground stations are, which line to take and show you al of the stops until your specific stop. I have never gotten lost while using this app, I highly recommend it.
I don’t use this app for trying to speak with people often, but I do use it a lot for translating signs and restaurant menu’s when an English version is not available. You can just open the app and there is a place where it can access your camera and it translates it from the current language into any language you specify.
I find it really helpful to know how much of my personal currency I am spending in a given country. It can also come in handy to see if someone is hiking up the price of something just because you’re a tourist.
If you’re traveling in Europe it is highly likely you are using Easy Jet at some point. I love their app, you don’t have to print any boarding passes you get them directly on your phone so you can’t lose them! Plus you can check in early so you don’t have to get to the airport too early!
For anyone who doesn’t have access to iMessages or Facebook messenger WhatsApp is a great alternative for keeping in contact with those at home. You can use it just like a normal txt message, so with either data usage or connected to wifi.
When I’m traveling and I’m not staying in an Airbnb I am staying in a hostel that I booked on hostelworld. I have never been disappointed from a hostel that I booked through this provider, and their app is light years better than the competition. You can view your booked accommodations, directions to them, past accommodations, and any information you need on the establishment you’re staying with.
Transportation App For Country You’re In
My final recommendation will not be universal, but will apply to many countries you travel to in Europe. I highly recommend you get the transportation app for the specific country you are in. The one pictured above is the app for the Swiss train lines. You can buy tickets, see schedules, how to get certain places and everything in-between. It may take a little digging to find which app is best for the country you’re currently visiting, but it can save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
What are your favorite apps to use while traveling? Leave them in the comments below!