I think everyone can agree that traveling can be an overwhelming experience – especially in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language or have a taste for some of the local cuisine.
We understand the challenges people face when abroad and compiled this list of the best travel apps of 2017 to help you plan your trip with ease and use throughout your travels. These apps and similar apps have gotten me through trips all around Asia and Europe and are sure to help you wherever you go in the world. From booking hotel rooms to translating languages in real-time, this list has all the apps you need to get the best out of your vacation without the stress.
Rooms in a Rush – Day Use
Perfect for extended layovers, naps, or freshening up between flights. With Dayuse you can get a room for a portion of the day with hotel rooms up to 75 percent off regular nightly rates at 3,000 hotels around the world and FREE cancellation up until the last minute.
Lodging – hotels.com
The website’s newly updated app features a wide variety of partner services from companies: Uber, Delivery.com, OpenTable, and Groupon. You can use the app to book hotel rooms, request a ride, order food delivery, and make dinner reservations. This app features nearly everything you need in one convenient place.
Language – Google Translate
Google Translate is a free translation tool that can be used in a variety of ways:
- Tap the camera icon on the app and hold your smartphone’s camera lens up to the words you’d like translated – for instance, a menu item or street sign. In seconds the translation feature will transform the words on the sign into your desired language (30 languages).
- Translate between 103 languages by typing, speaking, or drawing characters on your smartphone screen with your finger.
- Offline: Translate with no internet connection (52 languages).
Dining – Trip Advisor
Finding good food abroad can be a challenge in a foreign city especially if you can’t read the menu. Trip Advisor makes it easy to find local favorites. The “travel app” has some of the most spot-on restaurant reviews around. Restaurants are ranked by location and show you the highest rated restaurants in town. In addition to restaurant recommendations, you can also find helpful reviews on things to do and places to stay at discounted rates.
Traffic – WAZE
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Bought by Google Maps a few years ago Waze offers advanced information about hazards, traffic, or accidents.
Phone Calls – REBTEL
The most common apps for international calls and messages are Skype and Whatsapp, but both require a wifi connection to use them. Rebtel makes it possible to make cheap phone calls around the world without using wifi by connecting your call to local phone lines. The app consistently analyzes traffic to give you the lowest possible price for your call. Rebtel also offers free international calls between Rebtel app users.