S2 Ep 14 | 17 Travel Apps You Don’t Know About | Brighde Reed

Do you want some help from your phone to get you organized for your trip or learn about a new destination? Do you need an app for your next vacation that will help you with directions, translate phrases, help you enjoy your time by exploring more and with greater ease, and even help plan your itinerary? If so, then this episode is for you. Here are 17 lesser-known travel apps that are perfect for anyone who wants to explore the world and of course we will have some vegan-specific ones as well.

Is it Vegan

With this app, you can easily find out which foods and drinks are vegan just by scanning the barcode. It’s worth a try when shopping at your local grocery store – or even abroad!

Abillion

You can be an animal activist while on holiday with Abillion. Each review you make, they donate US$1 to one of the 75 NGOs it has partnered with! The app makes it easy for you to plan your next meal, wherever you are; find vegan dishes near you (even at a steakhouse) and filter results by cuisines or categories like distance or price ranges. It also checks the veganness of certain products and has a social media function too.

I Am Vegan

I Am Vegan is an easy-to-use app that translates your vegan needs. You can search the language or country you need and I Am Vegan will provide a translation for you with simple, example-based instructions on how to communicate your dietary restrictions in clear universal images! More than 100 languages are available.Great for that whirlwind trip around Europe.

BevVeg

Do you like to drink? Get your next vegan wine, beer, or liquor with the free BevVeg app. With this nifty alcohol guide for vegans on the go it’s easy to find out if your beverage is vegan or not. Think Barnivore as an app.

Tripit

TripIt is a great app for those who are looking to simplify their travel. You can set your reservations to automatically be sent as soon as you make them, which will then provide access and organization of all information in one place – including flight itineraries, ferry tickets, hotel booking confirmation emails (and more). The application saves space on the phone by also providing other users with driving directions or pick-up times!

Packpoint

PackPoint is the perfect app for people who are preparing to travel. The app takes all of the stress out of packing by showing you what to bring based on your destination, the duration of your trip, if you will have access to laundry,  the weather there and any activities planned along the way so that you can pack more efficiently! It’s easy-to-use and beautifully designed too – just download it and plug in some details about yourself before hitting “go”. Don’t forget anything ever again.

Loungebuddy

LoungeBuddy offers you access to premium airport lounges around the world, regardless of what airline or class ticket you’re flying. When planning a trip in the app, it’ll tell you which lounges are available for your transit time based on airports that will be transited through as well as how to purchase lounge access if you don’t have access.

Calm

Flying can be a great way to escape from our digital devices, but it also has the potential for anxiety. If you’re worried about feeling anxious at 30000 feet in the sky, try downloading an app like Calm that offers meditations on topics such as self-awareness and calming anxiety so you have something relaxing to listen or do during your flight. You’ll be able to get into deep relaxation before takeoff, white noise and their sleep stories are perfect to fall asleep to.

Netflix

The app isn’t really a travel one but it can be a lifesaver to kill time during long flights or at the airport when there is no entertainment available. You have an option of downloading your favorite shows and watching them offline with a Netflix account on any device like smartphones, tablets etc. The process requires you to download the show while connected to Wi-Fi before flying. They don’t stay on your device forever so check if they are expired before you leave for the airport.

XECurrency Converter

This app is a currency converter that can be used to convert currencies on the go. It has an option of adding your own exchange rates and it also provides information about conversion history, graphs etc.

Globetips

GlobeTips is the perfect answer to all your tipping needs with its in-built tools and features that make it easy for you. What’s more, there are a lot of other handy add ons such as bill scanning which calculates everything automatically by simply inputting details from a receipt, geo-location-based advice adapted to suit 240+ countries around the world, and even tax excluding or rounding up amounts according to preference! The guide includes every country so no matter where you’re traveling this summer – GlobeTip will tell you what to tip.

Tricount

Tricount is the perfect companion for travelers, whether they are globetrotting with friends or family members. The app will calculate shared costs and split bills so you don’t have to think twice about who owes what. Just enter your trip details and invite travel mates to join your trip; each time someone pays for something, input their bill into Tricount -the app splits everything evenly- making it easy to settle up at the end of a great vacation!

Metric Conversions

The Metric Conversions app is the perfect tool for keeping track of measurements in a standard that you can understand. The conversions are straightforward and easy to use, making it simple enough even if your local system differs from what you’re used to or need help converting things when traveling abroad.

Triposo

Triposo’s algorithm is able to peruse the web and crunch through millions of websites, reviews. It also allows you to choose your favorite hotels, sights, activities, and restaurants then add them to a bucket list that can be easily booked by one app with all bookings from anywhere in one convenient location! With their offline guides, you can explore the world without worrying about your data use.

AllTrails

AllTrails is a great app for those who love to hike, bike or camp. It’s perfect if you’re looking at planning an adventure and want the best experience possible! Alltrail has over 50 million trails that are mapped out with reviews from other users so it can be easy finding something new in your area as well. When I travel, waking up so much earlier than Seb means I am just waiting for Seb to wake.   I use this app to explore what’s around me wherever I am.

Voice Map

When joining a walking tour, you join a group. That group assembles at specific times, sometimes only once or twice a month. It moves slowly too because everybody has to gather up around the guide when she says something important about what they’re seeing – and if anybody stops (to take photos of their surroundings) then it can be difficult for other members in the same area to keep up; which means that people who stop are separated from others on tours with them!

VoiceMap’s walking tour app gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. You can start a walk and stop whenever or wherever, for as long as you like! The app uses your location so it knows exactly when and where audio should be played automatically. There are so many interesting tours on there. We love the look of Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City and What Emperor Hadrian Lost: A Walk Through Ancient Rome. You can download a sample before you buy the tour.

17. Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that’s happening all the time and everywhere. To play participants use an app or GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of these around the world waiting for you – there might even be some near your home right now and most definitely wherever you travel.

So, that’s it! I hope you find these apps as helpful and interesting to use on your next trip! If there are any other travel-related apps that I should check out, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading – until then…travel safely 🙂

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