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10 Travel Apps That Will Save You Time & Money

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Travel apps can be a big advantage when traveling abroad. From saving money to keep you safe & organized, they're definitely something beyond useful. Let's get to it!


Technology has taken over and (in most cases) it has made our life and travels easier than ever before. Nowadays you can plan and (literally) see the exact locations you are going to visit, attractions you are going to discover and even pre-order the food you will be eating.


Here you will find a list of travel apps that will definitely help you plan, move around and save time & money whenever you decide to do that trip you have been wishing for. Check out these 10 great travel apps.


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The Best Travel Apps #1: Skyscanner

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This is our absolute favorite travel app when it comes to planning your trip, and finding cheap flights. Skyscanner is so great because of the option to choose a city-> everywhere, showing you the cheapest places to fly all over the world. 


With this tool, you can save an insane amount of money and really expand your traveling opportunities. We feature Skyscanner on many of our travel tips that you can find on our Instagram. Check the guide down below for some of our top posts that include great ways to take advantage of this travel app.

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The Best Travel Apps #2: Blabla Car

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This app is particularly useful if you are traveling through Europe. Blabla Car is the perfect money saving hack while traveling, because it is much cheaper than other transportation options. It is a travel app for getting from one destination to another, with someone who is also going to that place.


This is great because:

1. you are helping someone pay for their gas

2. you are saving gas and being a more eco-friendly traveler!

3. it is cheaper than almost every bus and train

4. you can meet some really cool people!


All you need to do is put the date and locations, and all of the times along with drivers will come up. You can see reviews of the drivers and pick as you please!


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The Best Travel Apps #3: Converter App

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Did it ever happen to you that you visited a new country without checking the currency exchange and by the time you needed to make sure you wouldn’t get ripped off you had no signal to check online?


Well, there are many good converting travel apps in the market that you can download for free to keep with you every time you travel. 


The good thing is that many of these apps have different units of conversion, in case you are from a country with a different measurement system. (For example, USA uses feet and inches while Argentina uses the metric system).


The Best Travel Apps #4: Maps.me

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This is hands down one of the best travel apps you can use when moving from place to place, especially hiking. You can check out maps from any place in the world! But the best part is that you can download the map to your phone so that you can use it offline.

 

The app will show you routes by walking, biking, driving or taking public transportation (although we recommend you Google Maps for public transportation. Read below).


Another great feature is that whenever you are connected to WIFI the app will detect where you are and will automatically download the map from that place. This way you don’t have to worry about remembering to download the map every time you change places.

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The Best Travel Apps #5: Google Translate

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You may think that because you speak English and it is spoken all over the world you will be fine While that may be true, it can help more to learn even a little of the language of the place in which you are visiting.


People tend to be nicer when you try to speak in their language, and you are definitely less likely to get ripped off. Sometimes you’ll be somewhere where literally no one speaks English (or your language) and the only way to communicate will be this app.


A great plus is that you can talk into the microphone in your language and the audio will come out in the language you want, making it possible to communicate with literally anybody!


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The Best Travel Apps #6: Couchsurfing

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Couchsurfing- a backpackers dream. This app is great in so many ways. Here you can stay with locals for free and meet new people in the area. If you are traveling alone or with one other person this is a great option.


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Couchsurfing is a community and totally safe, which is why it's one of our favorite travel apps. You can search people by age, gender, & location, and check their profiles for compatibility, along with reviews to see how great they really are. It’s free, it’s fun, and you never know what friendships you can build.

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The Best Travel Apps #7: Uber

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Everyone knows what Uber is, but this app is necessary when traveling. The good thing is that it can be used all over the world. If you have an early flight and transportation isn’t running, you’ll definitely save money rather than grabbing a cab.


Also, If you’re low on cash you don’t need to worry because the charge will go straight to your card.


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The Best Travel Apps #8: Google Maps

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Although we already recommended to download maps.me, Google is always a great ally. The main difference between these two apps is that Google is much more precise when you need to visualize a route in public transportation.


It will tell you how to combine between buses, trains and subways, and the best part is that you can even set different starting times and dates to check for traffic.


Another big highlight of Google Maps that we like to use is the 'save' feature. You can make folders and add locations so that you can better plan your travels as they will be pinned on your map.

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The Best Travel Apps #9: Waze

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This app is specifically good for renting a car. It’s not a must, but it does make your day easier. Waze is a community app, meaning that everyone can contribute. You can be alerted if there’s a car accident, if there’s a red light camera, if there’s a police officer stopping cars, etc.


This travel app is very useful when you drive in a city that you don’t know, because we know that speed limits and some other things can be slightly different from country to country.


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This is the perfect app for those who want to keep track of their expenses with other people. Splitwise allows you to add multiple people into a group for trips, where each person can add what they've paid for.


The app will do the math for you! At the end of the trip you'll be able to know who owes who what, making everything fair and easy. There are so many cool features, like putting expenses at different percentages, or excluding certain members of the group for certain expenses.


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There are lots of apps out there that can help you with your travels. In here, we tried to give you and overview of what we consider to be some of the most important ones for each instance of your trip: Planning, moving around and saving.


We hope that these travel apps will be helpful for all of your needs before or on a trip! Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!


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