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Best Travel Apps You Need on Your Phone

When we embark on great global adventures, there are some items we absolutely cannot leave behind. Your passport is certainly one, as is your credit card. The third is probably your phone. The reason the last of these is now such an important travel tool? The many amazing travel planning apps you can download to ensure you have the best trip imaginable.

Here’s our ultimate list of the top travel apps you need on your phone when you travel the world, from the moment you begin to plan to when you find yourself overwhelmed with abundant options in a great location. 

1. Skyscanner

This is one for the planners. Travel can be very expensive, but there are a few tricks and tips that make it less so. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing a flight you’d booked being sold for a cheaper price just weeks later. With Skyscanner, users can input their travel plans, and the app will tell them when is the best time to book their flight.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

2. LoungeBuddy

Airports can sap the energy out of you, and there’s nothing more envy-inducing than watching people swan into the executive lounges, knowing they’ll be enjoying complimentary food and drink, showers, comfy chairs, and more. But with LoungeBuddy, you can be the person attracting the envious looks, and without paying a fortune. You can book entrance into almost any lounge for a one-time fee, with no subscription charges. Simply select your airport, the day you’re traveling, and pick a lounge. After you’ve bought your pass just show it to the staff at the entrance to the lounge and enjoy the comforts of premium travel, without having to be a member of the club.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

3. Duolingo

Before you head to a new country, it’s wise to at least try and learn some of the language. Nobody’s expecting you to become fluent, but in non-English speaking places, a basic understanding of signs and phrases will make your time there much more rewarding. Duolingo helps people learn new languages in a entertaining game-like fashion. The app is extremely easy to use and keeps users hooked on the language of their choice. The company recently unveiled its new Japanese language course, and also covers Spanish, French, German, Russian, and many more.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

4. Uber

Say what you want about the company, we all use Uber. When you’re traveling and can’t face the confusion of public transport, or don’t have any cash to pay and tip a regular cab driver, Uber is probably what you pull up first. The app isn’t available everywhere, but it’s now close to covering the whole globe. It’s usually cheaper and more efficient than a regular taxi. And if you find yourself in Croatia, you can try out the new Uber speedboats.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

5. Citymapper

If you are brave enough to take on an unfamiliar public transport system, there’s help at hand. Citymapper is aimed at commuters, so you know you’re only getting the best travel advice within a city. The app gives you all the options to get around a city, from car sharing to buses or trains.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

6. Maps.Me

No matter how you choose to navigate a new country, you’re going to need a map at some point. Thankfully, the days of awkwardly unfolding a gigantic map while the locals laugh at the clueless tourist are over. MAPS.ME does something most other map apps don’t—it lets you view your maps offline. That’s crucial when you’re on roaming data tariffs and don’t want to be charged a fortune to check where you are every now and then.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

7. Airbnb

Airbnb lets you rent individual rooms, couches, or an entire apartment from locals. I love Airbnb, as it’s a happy medium between hostels and hotels. Plus, if you stay with local hosts, you’ll still get the social aspect of a hostel. The app does everything the website does but at the tip of your fingers. I find it a lot more effective way to communicate with your host.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

8. TripIt

TripIt helps organize your upcoming travel itinerary. All you have to do is forward your hotel, restaurant, flight, and car rental confirmation emails to and it automatically transfers all the information to your master itinerary, so that you can easily view all your upcoming plans at once. If you upgrade to the pro version, the company will find you alternative routes for when your flights get canceled, as well as send you automatic notifications from airlines about flight delays, cancellations, and more. If you travel a lot and have a lot of bookings you need to organize, this is the best app to have.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

9. Maven - Car Rental App

Some places are easy to get around with a car. The only problem is car rental can be a nightmare, and you may only want one for a day, or an afternoon. Maven is an app launched by GM, which offers car rental by the hour. You simply select the city you’re in, choose which car you want, and go pick it up.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

10. Google Translate

Even the most prepared traveler can hit language difficulties on a trip. There are a few different translation apps and other hardware solutions, but for a traveler, it’s hard to beat Google’s Translate app. Users can listen to conversations and provide translated text, but it also works on inputted text as well, and via your smartphone’s camera, it can look at a sign and translate its meaning.

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

The app world is a constantly changing place, and there are many travel apps out there already that take the pain out of travel. They help you travel better, cheaper, and longer. The above travel apps are some of the best in 2020 and are worth downloading to your phone before your next trip.