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Top Free Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Apps have made travel life so much easier. From booking flights, to organising your life, to finding cool things to do. I’m not sure how we travelled before.

Here’s a list of my favourite free travel apps that you may not have heard of.

TripScout App

This app is a wonderful way to explore any city like a local. If you’re anything like me, you generally want to avoid too many of the tourist traps and actually dig in to the culture – go to the cafes where locals go etc. and this is the way to do it.

Trip Scout offers city guides. Just purchase and download the city you’re going to and you’ll find loads of unique things to do in that city and insider tips. All written by people who live there or know the city very well.

They’re updating their app rapidly so if you don’t see the city you need then you can request it and the most popular cities are soon added.

It works offline and has lots of neat ways to personalise your travel experience.

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Sit or Squat

Maybe not the most glamorous of apps but it’s a life saver. When that time comes when you reallllly need the bathroom and you just aren’t seeing one, this app is just the best. It shows 95,000 bathrooms worldwide, meaning you can enjoy your holiday in comfort!

Find out more about them here.

Moovit

Up until I found Moovit I would use travel apps like Google Maps or Citymapper (still very useful ones), but I found that when I was travelling lesser known cities or using local transit they often fell short and I was left figuring it out for myself. Moovit, however, is available in 1,500 cities and growing all the time.

It’s so useful for getting local travel information in real time (great if that bus is actually never coming) and you won’t have to keep an eye on your phone and waste precious battery as it tells you exactly how many stops are left on your journey.

I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you need to save data or don’t have wifi, you can download offline maps ahead of time which can be a real life saver!

Find out more about them here.

Duolingo & Lingodeer

I’m sure most of you have heard of Duolingo by now, but many forget how great it can be for just picking up a bit of the local language before a trip somewhere. Local people always respond well to a few words here and there (and can be great if you’re in a sticky situation) and this is such an easy way to pick it up.

For Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean, however, I much prefer using Lingodeer. The interface and lesson style are fantastic and there are no ads.

Find out more about Duolingo and Lingodeer.

Kindle App

If you don’t have a kindle, this is the next best thing. I used this for years before I was kindly given a lovely new Kindle for my birthday.

Nothing beats the feeling of a real book but I’ve conceded that, when you’re travelling, an e-reader is the best way forward.

If you do get a Kindle then the app purchases will carry over, or you can simultaneously use this if you’ve left your Kindle at home.

Alternatively, I often read on Blogger. It’s a great way to keep up with all the blogs you follow and makes for some great reading while travelling to get you excited before arriving somewhere new.

You can download the app here.

Google Translate & Waygo

Translate apps have saved me countless times whilst living in Korea, mostly for an unexplained bill arriving or a deal in a store that I can’t quite get my head around.

Although I’m doing my best to learn Korean while I’m here, there are some instances where the language is too tough and you just need an app to help you along; and the camera feature on this is just incredibly handy.

Scan it over a piece of text and it will translate (albeit not perfectly – you can get the gist). It honestly feels a bit like magic when you do it, too. Ah, technology.

Waygo is award winning app that works in a similar way to Google Translate and currently is the go-to for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and it generally offers a clearer translation.

So if you’re travelling in this part of the world, this is going to be incredibly useful for you!

There’s no internet connection needed and they take up minimum space on your phone.

Find out more google translate or waygo.

HappyCow

This app is amazing for finding vegetarian/vegan/healthy food restaurants. I’m not strictly either but I often like to eat less meat and go for these options instead, plus it’s just a great restaurant guide either way.

I’ve found quirky or locally owned restaurants that I just never would have found without this app.

It’s also a great help if you meet someone on your travels and want to go for lunch or dinner together.

They have a huge database of restaurants all over the world (180 countries to be exact) and a map feature to find nearby restaurants.

There are always reviews to go on so you’ll never be left with any surprises.

Find out more here.

Instagram

It’s one you’ve probably already got and we all use it for sharing those special moments (you can follow me here by the way) but it’s also very useful for following travel hashtags and finding cool, local things to do.

I’ve found so many great cafes, photo spots, and even friends by using the Instagram hashtags; it has quickly become an invaluable travel tool.

Coming Soon: Best Apps for Korea/Japan/China/Female Travelers. Can you tell how much I love apps yet?

Jessica Esa

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