These Apps are Your Best Friends When Traveling

There’s something to be said for a digital shutdown while on vacation, but technology doesn’t always dissuade us from the travel experience. When used wisely, your smartphone can enhance your trip, and not take away from it. Here’s a roundup of the best apps for a digital-savvy traveler.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE

This application is a useful tool to support more serious language learning, but it also helps with day-to-day foreign word use and has continued innovating to make our wanderings even easier. Now, just hold up the camera to a sign, restaurant menu or any text in a foreign language or use the speaking option, and Google will translate it immediately.

Free on iOS and Android

AIRBNB

No hotel booking sites can match the wide variety of Airbnb’s listings. Rental options range from castles, huge houses to an ever-growing supply of apartments and rooms to accommodate just about anyone’s budget. In using the app, one requires a little more administrative work than the typical hotel booking, just authenticate identity and work out the logistics of the hosts.

Free on iOS and Android

FOODSPOTTING

With Foodspotting, you can find your favorite dishes, from dumplings to the juiciest burgers in any restaurant. It’s a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of restaurant reviews, it recommends dishes and shows you what other food spotters, friends and experts love to eat and share.
Free on iOS and Android

APP IN THE AIR

Certainly slick by nature, App in the Air is a smart, straightforward flight-tracking app that has the best coverage of airlines and airports. As a traveler’s personal assistant, App in the Air keeps you up-to-date with your flight—real time status, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, and flight profile will all be logged.
Free on iOS and Android

XE CURRENCY

With over 20 million downloads since its launch, XE Currency is the go-to for currency conversions. It’s most useful for the simple fact that it can convert every world currency, and can function offline by saving the last update rates. No more frantically running around looking for Wi-Fi. 

Free on iOS and Android

GOOGLE MAPS

True, it’s a staple—but just because it’s been around forever doesn’t mean it’s not effective. Now, navigation is just one of the features Google Maps has to offer. With traffic updates, public transit routes, city tours with 36-degree street views and voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions, it’s still the best option for getting around in an unknown city.

Free on iOS and Android 

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