You have finally decided to take that beach vacation to Zanzibar after spending months inside the house!  We are all desperately in need of vitamin Sea 🔆.  If you’re anything like us, you like planning in advance.  And when it comes to travel and the planning that comes with it, I use apps.  They make everything so much easier!

We all know choosing a destination is the easy part, however, the planning can be the stressful part.  But even if you don’t have a travel destination in mind, you can always get lots and lots of travel ideas.  So here is our list of travel apps every Jetsetter must have!!

1.   WhatsApp

phone showing WhatsApp app

Not sure why most Americans are averse to it, but this is the best travel app ever! It is quite honestly the best thing since sliced bread.  And I love sliced bread.  You can make calls, face-time, and send text. It’s free wherever and whenever you are, that is, unless you don’t have wifi.  So I will continue to pray to the old gods and the new that it remains free.

2.   XE Currency Travel App

Money

Because you might have been born on a Tuesday, but not last Tuesday.  Send money and check the exchange rate so no one can take advantage of you! If you don’t like the idea of having cash, just bring your travel credit card.  But remember, some places still don’t take cards.

3.  Roadtrippers

How epic would this road trip be in Iceland?

If you plan on checking off that epic Route 66 road trip from your bucket list, this is a very good road trip planner. Instead of just driving and hoping to stumble on anything interesting, Roadtrippers will add all the bucket list stops along the way and create the perfect route for you. And because you don’t want to run out of gas in the middle of the desert, it will also calculate how much gas you will need so you can make the necessary stops.

4.  Rome 2 Rio 

One of the apps that survives purging season.  Simply type in your location and where you want to go, and Rome 2 Rio will find a way for you; plane, train, or automobile. And even bus, ferry, rental car, or rideshare. Anything to get you to your destination, except the fare. But that’s above them, the Best Western is next door.

ps. you can book your reservations with them (for a small fee).

5. Kayak

Actually for airline reservations, in addition to Kayak, I use also Google Flights and Skyscanner.  They basically comb these internets for the best flight deals and spit them back to you.  It’s super easy to use and you can set a watchlist to ‘watch’ a specific fare. Plus they have this cute game where your goal is to jump over as many things on your way to your boarding gate. Your score then determines your seat on the plane. I’m always in the luggage compartment!

6.  Mobile Passport App

Passport on plane window
📸 by Blake Guidry @ Unsplash

Available to U.S and Canadian citizens only.  Create a profile with your passport information, and get a QR Code to zip you through U.S customs.

7.  TripIt

I love having everything in one place; airline tickets, event tickets, train tickets. With TripIt you book a flight, hotel, day tour or any activity, punch them into the app and they will arrange and put your reservations into a single itinerary. There is an even upgraded version that can remind you of check-ins, flight refunds, baggage claim info, how long security lines are at the airport, and all that jazz. But again, it’s against my religion to pay for extra things, so I prefer to be surprised if I get through check-in in less than 30 minutes.

8.  Open Table

There is nothing more annoying than going to a restaurant in a brand new city only to find out they are fully booked for that night or they only take reservations. Nothing is worse than going back to your hotel and trying to figure out your options while hungry. But with OpenTable, you can make your dinner reservations to over 48,000 restaurants before your vacation, all through the app. And if that friend who likes to count her money, you know the one who always wants separate checks for a group of 10, finally decides to join you, just add her through the app. Easy.

9.  Uber

Uber app on phone
📸 by freestocks.org @ Pexels

Transportation wise, I will always prefer to walk and/or take the subway before anything else. The only time I will use other modes of transportation is when it’s late and I need to get back ASAP or when the cost is reasonable and I can justify spending the money. Uber is a much better option than taking a taxi because of the reduced cost. And in places such as Dar es Salaam (where it was my favorite way of getting around), it makes a lot more sense. You save money and the energy of dealing with public transportation, and it is safe. And I’m all bout the budget life – hello. Just don’t fall asleep and end up in the next town like that girl in the U.K.

10.  Flight Tracker

📸 by Neil Martin @ Unsplash

Because I must be updated on the status of my flight every 5 seconds!

11.  Booking.com

Or should I say booking dot yeeah!  What I really love about it, is simplicity of it all. Not that other apps are too complicado but I just love their layout.  With booking.com, if you make a booking with them, you can unlock next level type stuff; discounts on your next night, free breakfast, late check-outs, or even upgrades on your next booking. I swear they are not paying me to wax poetic about them, but they really need to. 

12.  Netflix

…and chill – on the plane that is.  First of all, the people at Netflix are losing their entire minds trying to make me pay any more than the $8.99 I signed up for. I’m this close to going over to Hulu.  But I digress.  It comes in handy when your entertainment doesn’t work, which happens a lot in Economy!  And have you ever been in a hotel in a foreign country and the only English channel is the news? Yep, I thought so.

13.  Apple Wallet

I hate having paper tickets. Not only are the trees getting cut down for a piece of paper that I use for all but 5 seconds.  It’s a complete waste and we are all trying to travel with a lower footprint here. Haven’t they seen the ice caps melting in Greenland! 

Bottom line: These are my main go-to travel apps.  They have helped quite a bit. And I do realize Netflix is not free, but we all know most of ya’ll have someone else’s password. I know I always have to kick someone from my account when I’m ready to watch Narcos.  Free to download, but what happens afterwards is above me!

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