Travelling alone can be a little intimidating, especially when you’re going to a new country. However, you can easily mitigate the pre-travel stress with just a few handy travel apps for your smartphone.
Here are six of the best travel apps that are designed to help make your next solo adventure an all-thrills and no-frills experience:
The best travel apps for solo travellers
1. City Maps 2Go
We all know and love the utility of Google maps but it’s also a huge consumer of your data. International roaming fees are going up every year and the last thing you want is to have all your data chewed up because you took the wrong turn at the bridge.
Thanks to this wonderful app, which you can download in advance when you have Wi-Fi, you will always have a map on you whether you have data access or not. It’s literally like having a folded up physical map…. In your phone!
Travelling solo is great but part of the fun is also being able to keep in touch with your loved ones back home. Sending postcards can be challenging these days and cuts out valuable time from your holidays which is why Postagram is fantastic. With this travel app, you can send that selfie from your visit to the Louvre in an instant to your best friend at a click of a few buttons.
Think of Tripit as your personal travel agent.
This app will save you a ton of time and effort by pooling all your travel information from your reservation emails for rentals, hotels, flights and events into one easy to read itinerary. The only work you have to do is find all your emails and forward them to the app and it will automatically take care of the rest.
You can even forward your itinerary to others as a form of security if you have any worried relatives and friends back home wondering what you are up to on your solo travel.
If you are travelling solo, you’re likely going to get lost in translation at some point. Why not join the other 70 million plus people who have downloaded this app and pick up a few phrases of your target language before you hop on the plane?
Duolingo may not be a substitute for real lessons but it’s a fun and convenient way to learn the basics of your chosen language so you can at least get what you ordered at the restaurant.
This unique app tracks your holiday by creating a virtual diary of your movements so that you can go back and see your trip history on a map.
The app tracks your movement by marking a line along the map as you trek from city to city or country to country. To spice it up, you can add photos, videos, text and audio as you go along so you’ll end up with an interactive album at the end of your travels.
6. Time Out
Time out is an excellent directory of events and activities from cities around the world. You will be amazed by how many cities this app covers and it includes everything such as restaurants, events, local attractions and nightlife.
The best tool is the embedded event finder. As a solo traveller, you will never get bored as the app will find out local concerts, festivals and any other rare events in your area. There is also a booking function which allows you to make restaurant reservations and purchase concert tickets directly through the app.
What are some of the best travel apps you’ve come across? Have I missed any essential ones out? Please share below.