We carry quite a few gadgets when traveling (travel gear we use). But smartphones are the ones, that we use the most while on the go. So, if you've been wondering which ones in our opinion are the best travel apps and services & what exactly do we use on our travels and for travel planning, then you've found yourself in the right place.
We don't use too many travel resources and travel apps, but the ones we do use have helped us countless times.
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Travel Apps and Services We Use
2. Finding Cheap Flights
It's always a good idea to compare what you can find on several flight search sites.
We really like the "Multi-City" option. Since we rarely buy return flights. Using this option you can book a flight like "Riga - Bangkok, Singapore - Riga", which mostly costs less than if these 2 flights were booked separately.
If you want to find the cheapest possible flight it might be worth splitting your trip into several legs.
For example, if we are thinking of going from Riga to Bali, we'll first look for Riga - Bali - Riga, then Riga - Singapore - Riga and Singapore - Bali - Singapore, and we may compare it to something like Riga - Oslo - Singapore - Bali - Singapore - Oslo - Riga (as a whole or split into parts), simply because we already know and have found out, that there often are very cheap flights from Oslo to Singapore, but getting from Riga to Oslo and from Singapore to Bali always is cheap.
Google Flights allows you to search for flights from/to nearby airports as well.
3. Hotels, Hostels, Apartments, Holiday Rentals Abroad
If you manage to find someone, who is willing and can host you, though. We have used Couchsurfing only a couple of times, but we know people, who use Couchsurfing almost every time they travel.
4. Transportation - Car Sharing, Trains, Buses
For example, train from Milano to Rome can cost around 80 EUR, while BlaBlaCar ride may cost less than 40 EUR.
It's a very similar app, popular in Asia. Our number one choice in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia.
Compared to Uber and Grab Go-Jek isn't only ridesharing and delivery app, as there are 10+ other services like massage and house cleaning offered in the app.
Google MapsWell known navigation application. Mostly we use it on laptop, either to find an address or to see how a place looks like (using Google Street View). We use it also for most of the time, when we have mobile internet on our phones. If we don't have internet, it's very slow or limited, then we use apps like Maps.me.
Maps.meOffline navigation app.
6. Travel Insurance
How Much Does World Nomads Cost?You can check it out here. And if you like what you see you can buy the travel insurance online. Even if you are already abroad.
7. Money, Best Travel Debit CardsOf course, there are quite a few travel debit cards available, but these are the ones we use.
Right now Revolut is the main debit card for both of us. We use it for all money withdrawals abroad, offline and online purchases.
With free account (which means no monthly or yearly fees) you can withdraw up to 200 EUR/month without any extra fees. If you withdraw more you'll have to pay 2% witdrawal fee, which is still very good rate as there is no minimum fee like with many "regular debit cards".
But that's not all. To read about all Revolut's features go to their site.
Better choice than Revolut if you travel a lot and plan to witdraw 500+ EUR monthly in other currency than euro. Because with N26 Black, which costs 9.90 EUR/month you don't pay any fees for money witdrawals in other currency than euro.
To read more about N26, go to their site.
8. Volunteering, Work Exchange, Moneyless TravelingFrance, Italy, Spain and Malaysia. Learn more about Workaway! Some people have been doing like this A LOT.
9. Travel Guides
Guides by Lonely PlanetA great app offering free travel guides for Android and iPhone.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CCA GREAT photo editing app for Android, iPhone, iPad and not only. If you want to have only one photo editing app on your phone or laptop, let it be Lightroom. It's suitable both for beginners and experienced users.
11. Messaging & Email
WhatsApp MessengerA simple messaging app, widely used around the world. When traveling in Southeast Asia it will be the app you'll use to chat with your Uber/Grab driver, food delivery guy and hotel receptionist. There they use it so much more than, for example, in Europe.
OutlookA very good email app for Android and iPhone.
12. Other Travel Apps, Services and Useful Travel Resources
You can get in touch with the airline yourself, but be ready that they may try to find a way to avoid paying the compensation. Or you can contact AirHelp and they'll do it on your behalf. We have used AirHelp once to get 600 EUR compensation. It was super easy. Only downside, though, is that their commisions are pretty high. At the same time - you pay only if you get a compensation.