There are so many articles and listicles that are like “9999 travels apps you MUST download” or “57 travel apps you can’t live without” or “22 apps for traveling you will download or I’ll slap you upside the head” not kidding. However, there’s definitely an issue with that. Here is the only travel app you need. Just one and not one thousand I promise.
First, I definitely don’t have enough room on my smartphone for all of that. I need some place to store my photos before I’m putting them on google drive which isn’t always possible with iffy wifi. Secondly I don’t even end up using all of them and then delete them. I also feel like a lot of these apps included in these round up apps are a stretch like google translate or apps where you can actually use the web version on your phone.
Why do you need Google Trips?
It’s a simple beautiful interface that’s powerful and will guide you on wonderful future trips!
The thing I value most in a travel app is a good offline map and this has that. You can save places or restaurants and star them or add them different lists and as long as your GPS works or if you can read a map well you can get around just fine. You can download the whole guide for a city offline so it can be at your fingertips no matter what.
It also will hook up with your gmail/google account and any reservations you’ve made will show up in the reservations tab. So for instance my airbnb or hostel booking show up and I have all the details and their contact info. If it doesn’t show up or you want to add notes you also have the ability to do that. When I was traveling to 4 cities in a row I added in all the times of my various forms of transit to keep track of everything.
Under “Download Berlin” you would click on that to save it so you can access it offline.
Need to know- Cultural Guide
Covers: health & emergencies, shopping, money and internet.
Basically the overview of essential information you should be aware of without overwhelming you. If you need more detailed info that’s where google, pinterest, etc come in.
So in terms of transportation it gives you info on how to get from major airports, train stations, public transit, taxi/ride service and driving. It will also advise you on the best option for that city. If you need directions to/from somewhere I find that google maps is the best to get walking and public transit directions and you probably already have that on your phone. Google maps also has offline capabilities! Or you can take an old fashioned screenshot.
Food and drink
The thing I love most about this section is that you get an overview of the traditional food and then you can pick from the best by all kinds of categories. It really varies on the city but family friendly, dinner, lunch, cafes, bars, pubs, local favorites and more!
And guys look at some of the food and drinks I’ve consumed because of this app:
Things to do
Saved places & day plans- save offline and plan what you’re going to do each day. It can even generate a day plan that makes sense and hits all of the places that you’ve starred. All you have to do is click the pink magic wand.
In conclusion I highly recommend this app!
Are there any other travel apps you swear by?!
I have others I like but I don’t always keep them on my phone. Obviously I haven’t tried every single one and I’ve also heard good things about apps like Culture Trip. So if you have any suggestions comment below!
Transportation: Rome2rio, Maps.me, Flixbus
Accommodations: HostelWorld, Airbnb
Misc: Google Translate, Currency Conversion (usually I just google it)
Sometimes these aren’t super necessary and you can use the mobile web version or email.
Apologies for the lack of posts but things have been pretty busy lately. I visited my future place of work, had my last day of my current job and now I’m figuring out a place to live in Germany. Wish me luck!! I’ve been kinda stressed out about it but I am so excited to start my new job.
I promise I’ll also blog about TAPIF soon, let me know if you’re a future TAPIF-er and if you have any specific questions about the program please leave a comment!
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