Travelers never had it better—armed with the latest cloud and mobile resources, experienced globe trekkers and seasonal tourists can now travel to the most far flung destinations more easily and safer than ever before.
The following are 11 apps that may come in handy for getting advice or assistance during your world travels.
The ideal app for searching for free accommodations in a city, locating hidden gems, or even for finding locals who can guide you to the best local food and cheapest bars.
A great tool for frequent travelers, this app allows users to organize multiple flights, hotel reservations, and travel itineraries in one place. You can also follow other travelers’ itineraries and give friends and family a way to vicariously live through your travel experiences.
Workaway allows you to travel and volunteer at the same time: in exchange for a few hours of work a day, you get free accommodations and food.
Blablacar is a popular personal transportation app—purportedly the world’s leading long distance ridesharing service. The service is especially active in Europe and is available for both iOS and Android devices.
This travel-planning app helps you determine helpful information regarding your trip like how long it takes to get from one place to another, transportation option, approximate cost, and more.
Available for iOS/Android/Blackberry devices, Maps.me is a crowdsourced mobile mapping app that works both online and off.
Triposo is a unified travel guide for the whole world that’s free and—like Maps.me—works offline.
If you like clicking on pictures, this mobile app will help you earn money during your trip. Perfect for cashing in on some travel change while waiting at the airport, bus depot, or train station.
Bravolol is a language app that pronounces phrases and offers phonetic spelling in over 13 languages. Again, another app that once downloaded does not require an internet connection. Move over, Google Translate. And with sections like Romance and Sightseeing, Bravolol is perfect for solo travelers or anyone interested in venturing off the beaten tourist path.
Featuring downloadable maps and guides to over 7,000 destinations around the world, CityMaps2Go also does not require an internet connection (maps can be preloaded onto your device). The app also features articles and suggested destinations for more informed travel decision-making.
For those traveling with their 4-legged or winged companions, this app is indispensable for locating welcoming spots—from dog-friendly parks to pet-friendly hotels.
This selection of the best 11 apps for digitally-savvy travelers will no doubt make getting to your destination more pleasant, safe, and interesting experience—whether it be across the globe or in your neighboring city.