7 Must-Have Travel Apps

Sometimes travel can be daunting. Language barriers, changing exchange rates and an overwhelming sense of confusion can sneak up on anyone. Luckily, there are handy solutions out there known as apps! Here are seven travel apps I can't live without. Be sure to download them on your phone or tablet before your next vacation. All of the apps listed below can be downloaded on Android and iOS operating systems for FREE.


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This app is for every foodie out there! Instead of rating restaurants, Foodspotting is a visual guide to mouthwatering food. Loaded with delicious pictures and helpful user reviews, the app tells you exactly where to find the best eats in any city. This app is great for when you're craving a specific food. Just type it in Foodspotting and it will show you which restaurants in town serve up that dish.

Water Advisor

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Bottled water is something I refuse to buy unless I absolutely have to. It’s overpriced and horrible for the environment. With Water Advisor, you can select any country and it will tell you whether or not the tap water is safe to drink. If the tap water isn’t safe to drink, the app will give you tips on how to consume water safely or what you should be aware of when you buy bottled water.

 XE Currency

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Forget trying to calculate exchange rates in your head. Download the XE Currency app and it will do it for you! The app lets you follow up to ten currencies at a time and gives you access to live exchange rates. It’s free to download, easy to use and super convenient. 

Google Translate

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Languages do not come easy to me. Thankfully, there is Google Translate, a free app that translates phrases for you instantly. You can translate words and sentences by typing it into a word box, speaking directly to your phone, writing or through pictures . With 80 languages to choose from, this app will help you get by in places where English is not the common tongue. You can also download offline language packages which means you can use the app without WiFi. I can't even count how many times this app has saved my ass! No more miming and hand gestures when interacting with locals.


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For those who don’t plan ahead and just show up at a destination, this app is perfect for you. If you’re in a new country and aren’t sure about what to see, where to eat, where to stay and what to do, TripAdvisor gives you all this information in one place. I love TripAdvisor because all the companies and activities listed are reviewed by millions of other travellers. This makes it easy to find exciting attractions, delicious restaurants, affordable accommodations and so much more.

Also, be sure to download TripAdvisor's Offline City Guides app. This handy app works without data so say goodbye to roaming charges. Just make sure to download a specific city guide first before hitting the road. Each city guide is packed with useful information including attractions, accommodations and restaurants. 


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If you have a big trip planned, you'll understand the struggle of organizing all your travel documents. Flight confirmations and hotel reservations can get lost in your e-mail or in a pile of papers. Thankfully, there is Tripit, an app that compiles all your travel confirmation e-mails and stores them in one place for easy access. Once documents are sent to Tripit, the app automatically creates a daily itinerary for your vacation which you can access offline.


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Mint is a budget traveller's best friend. The app compiles your credit cards, bank accounts and other financial information and lets you access them all in one place. This allows you to track your spending while you’re on the road. Before your globe trotting adventures, it can also help you create a budget for your trip. When it comes to security, you can rest with ease. Money can’t be transferred to and from the app and your information is protected by the same technology banks use on a daily basis. If you're interested in more personal finance apps, check out my post on the best apps to help you save money for travel

What travel apps do you use? Leave a comment below and let me know! 


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.


  1. This is so much useful information!!!=)

  2. Yay! So happy you find it helpful :)

  3. We use Yelp a lot, although it's not available all over the world yet. I think around 28 countries.

  4. When you get the chance, check out Bonjournal -- the simple way to record and share your travel adventures.