My favourite travel apps – 1.

This will be a super subjective list, and I have only included those apps I’m really using and found it useful. Besides the obvious google maps, airbnb, booking.com, tripadvisor I selected the ones which have additional features and still they are all free to download.

Google Trips

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Google made a name for itself in the travel space with their flight function and it seems their latest release is no different. When it debuted, hackers all over the world were excited. If you have a Gmail account, it automatically uses your email to populate reservations of all your bookings (hotels, museum entrance vouchers, etc.), which for privacy pragmatists might not be ideal. Other trip organizer apps like Tripcase require you to forward reservations to an email address. But if ease on the road is your thing, and you have a Gmail account, Google Trips might be for you. I was impressed with the variety of suggestions it offered for less touristic places. For bigger destinations, the application offers day tours like “City Souks” or “Literary London,” which you can download in a WiFi spot and then access later on without data. “However, one caveat: when searching for things to do in Lebanon, it populated the results with activities in Syria and Israel, two countries that are impossible to visit from Beirut at the moment, due to ongoing geopolitical issues. While a quick search, conversation with a local or guidebook would let you know that, it is something to take into consideration when using an algorithm for travel advice.”

Travel + Leisure

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Besides the app I do recommend their website too, many useful content, reviews, super up to date and local recommendations:

http://www.travelandleisure.com/

Travel + Leisure’s ever-expanding lexicon of cities around the world can be used for inspiration, or to create custom itineraries. Simply select your hotels, favourite restaurants, shops, bars, and things to do, and let the T+L Travel Guide map them out: you won’t waste any time figuring out how to get from point A to point B. Then you can download the map, as well the full city guides offline use, perfect!

Foursquare City Guide

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This app is also veteran, but besides the early super popular “check-in” feature, it actually has great and useful content. You can find the best restaurants, bars and many more. Foursquare City Guide will lead you to the perfect spot, anywhere in the world. Get helpful, positive tips from our trusted global community and keep track of where you’ve been and where you want to go, all in one place. You can join a community of people just like you who love to explore and seek out hidden gems and read short tips written by real people all over the world. (No negative rants or businesses paying for positive reviews.) You can create lists for any occasion! Keep a running to-do of neighbourhood  hot spots, or places you want to try while traveling. You can also add tastes, rate places, and lifelog where you’ve been to get hyper-personalized recommendations. You can follow friends, brands, and influencers and uncover the best experience possible with millions of tips about off-the-menu items, speakeasy entrances, wifi passwords, and much more. You can keep a history of the places you’ve been. Never forget a memory, photo, or the name of that incredible pizza place you went to while visiting Rome 🙂

If you are still into checking in or becoming a “mayor of your local coffee shop”, you can download their sister app, Foursquare Swarm 🙂

Momondo

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I’m using this app for many years now and still couldn’t find any better one, which is that easy to use. You can find, compare & book flights and also hotels with this beautiful all-in-one app. You can actually search and compare billions of flight and hotel prices all over the world from wherever you are. It is free, easy and fun to use. Momondo is independent and dedicated to price transparency for all travelers. They search major airlines, low cost carriers and travel agencies to give you the best flight ticket comparison there is. With this booking app, you can book a flight directly from your device wherever you are. Price Calendar helps you find the best airfare deals for your budget by showing the average prices on different dates in an interactive calendar. Filter tickets quickly and easily by stops, departure or arrival time, airlines, airport, ticket type and travel site. Also you can find hotel deals. It’s beautiful and user friendly – finding a flight or hotel has never looked this good or been this easy.

 

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