“Is there an app for that?” It seems that in today’s world there really is a mobile app for every purpose. You can download a dog whistle, Korean speaking virtual girlfriend and a sad cow that will produce a moo if you can make her happy and the list is never ending. Today though, I am not talking about the strangest mobile apps out there – I am talking about those apps that will change the way you travel the world!
Here in Finland we have a great community of travel bloggers and we share a lot of our ideas together. We recently had a discussion about travel mobile apps and I want to share some of them with you!
I have been using TripIt for a long time now and it is a great app for staying organized with your tickets and accommodation. TripIt gathers your travel information and provides you with a complete itinerary when you hit the road. This app makes it convenient to have all the information you may need about your accomodation and flights easily accessed. You can modify your trip and add plans and alerts to it by yourself. It is the perfect app for the busy business traveller! If you want more features, such as the ability to track your frequent flyer miles, the TripIt Pro Subsrciption is over 40 US dollars per year.
*Free to download. Paid pro version available.
I was just recently in Shanghai (stay tuned for my Shanghai post coming out in May) to test a new mobile travel app CreateTrips and ended up falling in love with it. CreateTrips is a social trip planner for the smart traveller and it makes planning trips fun, easy and social. Making your travel plan is easy as the app suggests the most popular venues with great tips from locals and other travellers. You can package your travel plan, including the maps, into an offline accessible package and avoid roaming charges. This helped me to find my way around Shanghai easier than ever before and I even used it to help my taxi driver to find the way back to the city, as he got lost! What is even better; each travel plan can be resold as a mobile travel guide (TravelBook) for other travellers. This makes CreateTrips a very unique travel app as it even offers you the opportunity to make money out of your travel experiences!
And guess what? I fell in love with CreateTrips so much that they ended up hiring me!
*Free to download (limited availability, global launch soon). Cheap beautifully designed offline maps that rock.
3. Instagram (Yes, for us it is a travel app)
Most of us might not think of Instagram as a travel guide, but since Katja Presnal, the owner of SKIMBACO Lifestyle Magazine wrote an e-book about it -Instagram has become one of my favorite apps for travel planning! You can get her e-book “Instagram As Your Guide to the World” for free by subscribing to the her newsletter. With Instagram you can search for the best venues by using hashtags such as #Shanghai or #eiffeltower and connect with locals and other travellers. Instagram has a community of travellers and you can join us by sharing your favorite travel moments with us with the hashtag #IGTravelThursday.
*Free to download. Find me on Instagram: @veerabianca
I always use public transport when I’m on the road. I love getting lost amongst the locals no matter where I am. Sometimes it is tricky to find the right mode of transportation when you are in a foreign country and may not even speak the language. Rome2rio is a fabulous app for that! It will show you the needed buses, trains, planes, ferries and car routes from almost any place to another. The app redirects you to the local websites where you can see timetables and prices for the transportation. This obviously happens online.
*Free to download. Requires Wi-Fi for the local transportation websites.
The world is full of culture and art, but to see some of the best art works you need to cope with long queues. Try taking the elevator to the Eiffel Tower at lunchtime or visiting Taj Mahal at sunset -you will not be the only one! Musement is the mobile app that solves the problem of all restless art lovers. Musement is an online mobile app for finding museums, activities and events around the globe. The greatest thing about Musement is that it offers priority access opportunities for venues like the above-mentioned Eiffel Tower. The app is not filled with all the possible tickets in the world, but it does cover the major art and culture venues in Europe and the US. Sadly I could not find Helsinki from Musement! The app is beautifully designed and simple to use and what is even better; no need to print out your tickets! Musement keeps it all together in one place!
*Free to download, downloads data when connected to Wi-Fi for easy access on the go to avoid roaming charges*
I’m curious to know; What is your favorite travel app?