As dedicated travel junkies, we’re always on the hunt for the smartest new technology that takes the grind out of our nomadic lifestyles. Here are Team GILBANO’s most preferred travel apps. Before you go on your next trip make sure check these out!
Photo Sharing Apps
What are your vacations' best pictures worth without sharing them with your best friends? The following apps should help!
Instagram - The most popular photo sharing service. Share your favorite vacation pictures straight to your profile or use their new stories features - [link]
Facebook - Almost 2 billion people use this app already, chances are most of your friends are using it as well. Why not share your holiday photos here? If you don't want the entire world to see your pictures, you can limit who sees your photos in the photo sharing section [link]
Snapchat - Born as an alternative to Facebook and beloved by many millennials. From its humble origin as a fun way to send self-erasing photo messages, Snapchat has grown into one of our favorite social media apps. And not just for the hilarious face filters and cool geographical photo tags. It’s become one of the best ways to share memories, maintain friendships, and stay up to date on news and views from our go-to websites. [link]
Google Photos - Google is the most popular email service provider. Apart from email, their free account also allows you to store large amounts of photos. If you use the cloud to store your high-res vacation images you will be able to sleep well knowing all images are safe and your local hard-drive won't ever be fully used. [link]
Meeting like-minded travelers from diverse backgrounds is one of the most exciting parts traveling has to offer. While most apps are called "Dating" apps most of them also have features so you can meet your next BFF. Download some of these apps to meet amazing human beings from different walks of life.
Bumble - Do you want to meet new people on the road? Try the more sophisticated version of Tinder. [link]
Happn - Happn is a dating app with more than 50 million users which allows you to easily find the people you've crossed paths with in real life (yes, those who caught your eye, but you didn't dare to approach)! With happn, you have the opportunity to create your own luck! [link]
Coffee meets Bagel - Another dating app helping you to meet interesting people. Whether you are the bagel in need for coffee or vice-versa, this app will help you. [link].
Tantan - The Chinese copy of Tinder. However, if you travel to Asia this is the app to have on your phone! [link]
Most people only know the UBER app. However, depending on which part of the world you visit, UBER might not exist. Check out the following Taxi apps prior to going on your journey!
Taxify - Taxify is a ride-hailing app for ordering rides that are quick, safe and affordable. Just tap a button, order a car, and get a low-cost ride to your destination. [link]
Uber - Uber is a ridesharing app for fast, reliable rides in minutes—day or night. There's no need to park or wait for a taxi or bus. With Uber, you just tap to request a ride, and it's easy to pay with credit or cash in select cities. [link]
Grab - This is Uber's biggest competitor in Asia and since Uber left Asia, this is the only app you will need in most South-East-Asian countries. Download the app here.
MyTaxi - Ride in style with the mytaxi app – Europe’s biggest licensed taxi and black cab app. Look no further for a reliable and professional taxi app you can trust. With a number of features to make your trip a breeze, mytaxi gets you on your way in a matter of minutes. [link]
Lyft - The sexier version of Uber in the US. Use Lyft to travel to your destination and enjoy the best carpool of your life with their trusted and highly-rated drivers. [link]
Bike Sharing Apps
Team GILBANO loves bike sharing concepts. It takes traffic off the roads and it helps visitors explore cities. The following apps are amongst our favorites:
OFO - One of the leading bike sharing rental companies in the world offering you to rent bikes without having to return them to a specific location. We love it! Check out their app here.
Mobike - Mobike the World - Use the same mobile app to rent bikes in more than 200 cities around the world. Pay per 30 minutes. Download the app here.
Santander Bikes - These bikes used to be called "Boris Bikes" before the bank behemoth took over. If you're going to London, this app should be on your phone. You can download the app here. While you're at it, also download Citymapper, the best app to tell you how to get from A to B, available in many metropoles around the globe.
Citi Bike - If you go to New York City make sure to have this app on your phone. It will help you find regular and electric bikes for short and long-term rental. [link]
Any trip to a new city also involves looking and searching for accommodation. We usually recommend asking your circle of friends for tips. However, if they don't have any, one of the following apps will certainly get the job done, trust us.
Agoda - This app helps you find great deals for hotels. If you sign up and become a member you can collect points and qualify for additional discounts. Their customer support is not always the greatest but overall we recommend their services. As with all websites, be aware of fake reviews. Cross-check any hotel score with the score the same hotel receives on google. You can download the app here.
Booking - Very similar to Agoda, Booking helps you search for hotels, motels & vacation homes. Find a stay for your vacation, weekend getaway, or business trip anywhere in the world! [link]
AirBnB - Our favorite app when it comes to booking accommodation in different countries. Not always cheaper than hotels but ALWAYS worth checking out before booking anything. From our experience reviews are much more accurate and reliable than the ones you read on Booking and Agoda. Book your next stay on their website and/or download their app here.
Hotel Tonight - Amazing hotel deals for tonight, tomorrow and beyond! Hotels give discounts on their empty rooms. You get the best rates and deals, whether last minute or in advance. HotelTonight makes it incredibly easy to find and reserve a sweet deal at a great hotel. Three taps, one swipe, you’re booked! Download the app here.
Hostel World - Recently featured in Huffington Post’s round up of Best Travel Apps. With over 10 million reviews from our community of passionate travellers, an unbeatable selection and a 100% booking guarantee, why would you book anywhere else? Choose from shared dorms and private rooms in central locations, meet like-minded travellers and discover a world beyond the tourist brochure. [link]
Couch Surfing - You have friends around the world, you just haven’t met them yet. Couchsurfing is the best way to stay with amazing locals, make lifelong travel friends, or host travelers coming to your hometown. Over 12 million travel enthusiasts use Couchsurfing in more than 230,000 cities around the world. [link]
Other hotel apps we can recommend include Expedia, Trivago, Secret Escapes and Kuoni.
As you probably know, music can express what language cannot. Any memorable adventure involves a good soundtrack so if there was only one app you could download, choose a music app!
Soundcloud - Our favorite amongst all music apps! You will find many independent artists and great mixes from DJ's. Our secret travel hack: When travelling to a country in which SoundCloud doesn't have any advertising partners you can listen to all music non-stop, add-free. Brilliant! [link]
Spotify - The biggest of all music streaming apps. If you want to listen to any top song, chances are very high you will find the song on Spotify. If you have a few dollars extra, get their monthly subscription so you can say goodbye to their annoying ads. Download the app here.
Apple Music - When Apple saw that Spotify was a brilliant business model, they decided to launch their own service. If you are an iPhone user, this app might be superior to Spotify, however, we hear mixed feedback so test yourself! [link]
Youtube - Why not listen to music and watch the music video at the same time? That's why you should have the Youtube app on your phone. Download it here.
Food Exploring Apps
Apart from great pictures, most people bring home great culinary experiences from their adventures to far-away destinations. The following apps will guide your way to find the local hotspots that will make your tastebuds scream with joy.
FourSquare - The best days for Foursquare might be over. However, if you visit a new city, this app might still be able to suggest a few good places to find exquisite food options. [link]
HappyCow - Being vegan is totally en vogue, in particular if you live in LA, NYC, SF or Berlin. In fact, eating less meat is a great for planet Earth so we couldn't encourage you enough to use this app and to eat "meat-less". [link]
Yelp - Arguable the most famous of all food recommendation apps. It's gotten some bad press lately for fake reviews, but by and large their app works flawlessly and you should be in safe hands when searching for some local cuisine tips. [link]
Year after year, meditation is becoming more mainstream. If you've never tried meditating, the following apps will make the first steps very easy. All of them are free-of-charge (until you hit a paywall in some cases).
10% Happier - Learn how meditation can help you feel happier, sleep better, and tame the voice in your head. Mindfulness for Real Life. Explore 10% Happier Courses, an exclusive library of video lessons and guided meditation. [link]
Oak - Created by Kevin Rose, Oak is designed to fit into your busy life. They have guided meditations starting at just 5-minutes in length. If you're on the go, decompress with breathing exercises that can be practiced anywhere. For those with trouble sleeping, fall asleep to our background sounds like distant rain, crackling fire, white noise and many more. [link]
HeadSpace - Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Sleep trouble? Meditation creates the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. The first lessons are totally free. Check them out! [link]
Omvana - Omvana is your personal meditation and mindfulness teacher. More and more evidence proves that meditation has many benefits like increased happiness, better sleep, healthier lifestyles and decreased stress levels to name a few. [link]
7Mind Meditation - A relatively new app on the market and compared to the other meditation app relatively unknown. That might be due to the fact that it's only available in Dutch, French and German. If you don't speak any of these languages, forget the app. However, if you do, you might want to give it a try. [link]
Being on the road doesn't necessarily make it easier to work out. However, the following apps make sure you don't have any excuses.
Bodyweight - This app has extremely powerful exercises. Best of all, they fit on your phone and you can take them with you on the road,-) Most of the exercises don't require any equipment which makes it perfect when traveling to hotels without gyms. [link]
Nike Training Club - Very similar to the Bodyweight app, the app has over a hundred workouts with clear audio and visual guidance. You can choose from different levels of intensity, i.e. if you are a beginner rest assured this app will have some exercises which will make you sweat! [link].
Video & Audio Entertainment Apps
Netflix and chill? Well, that's how you might feel like on a regular Saturday night. Ideally you don't watch too many shows while on the road. After all, you're traveling in order to escape your regular life and that should include saying goodbye to some of your favorite shows for a few weeks. However, if you can't live without it, check out some of the following apps.
Amazon Prime Video - Stream movies and TV shows recommended for you, including Prime Originals like The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, and award-winning kids series Tumble Leaf. [link]
Netflix - If you don't know Netflix you've probably been living under a rock. Netflix is a month-to-month subscription that begins at sign up. You can easily cancel anytime, online, 24 hours a day. There are no long-term contracts or cancellation fees. Just sign up to get started. Watch TV shows and movies recommended just for you, including award-winning Netflix original series, movies, and documentaries. [link]
TED - Feed your curiosity and expand your world with TED Talks. Explore more than 3,000 free videos and learn from the world's most remarkable people. Search by any mood or topic, from tech and science to the surprises of your own psychology. [link]
Podcast App - Podcasts have gained incredible popularity in the past few years. If you have an iPhone, check out the Apple IOS Podcast app [link]. You can also check out the Stitcher app which gives you a few more features.
Holidays are the best time to finally read all those books which you meant to read but never managed to because you were too busy. The following apps will help you read some of these best-selling novels you've meant to read for years.
Blinkist - Designed by an app developer team in Berlin, Germany, the Blinkist app is a brilliant way to get the gist of the most popular books you've never had the time to read in full length [link].
Pocket - We've been a fan of the Pocket app for many years. Tag your favorite articles on your Safari, Chrome or Firefox browser and read the articles later without all annoying ads which you usually see on the desktop version [link].
Audible - Acquired by Amazon a few years ago, the Audible app is a fantastic way to listen to your favorite books often narrated by the author him/herself [link]
Kindle - Another great Amazon invention, the Kindle app allows you to read your favorite books on your Android or Apple device. Finally a way to take an entire library on your journey! [link]
Never get lost on your journey to your next destination. While physical maps helped you in the past, please don't rely on them anymore in the 21st century. Both Apple and Google have great maps which have up-to-date information and which will make navigating your destination city easy.
Apple Maps - Offering a host of innovative features, Maps makes finding and getting to your destination faster and easier than ever. With turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and proactive suggestions, as well as new indoor maps and lane guidance, Maps provides an incredible sense of direction.
Google Maps - The most popular and also probably the best app on the market, Google Maps lets you download detailed offline maps, so in case there’s ever an issue with cellular data while abroad you still have access to them. [link]
Flight Booking Apps
Unless you travel by bus, car or train you will in all likelihood travel by plane. If you want to find the cheapest flight, the following apps should help you!
Kayak - Unlock a world of travel possibilities with the KAYAK app. Access mobile-only deals, view your trip details on the go and search hundreds of travel sites with one tap. [link]
SkyScanner - Skyscanner is an all-in-one travel app with flights, hotels and car rentals, all in one place. Travel smarter with our app by instantly searching, comparing and booking cheap flights, hotels and car rentals anytime, anywhere. Independent, unbiased and completely free, we find you the best deals in seconds. Book your next trip with our award-winning, easy to use app brought to you by the world’s travel search engine. Now available in over 31 languages. [link]
Momondo - Search and compare billions of flight and hotel prices all over the world from wherever you are, faster than ever before. It is free, easy and fun to use and you can save on your next holiday, vacation or travel! So why pay more for the same when you can find the cheapest and best price here? [link]
Opodo - If you're checking out this app, we know you love to travel and furthermore you love a good deal. Maybe you even consider yourself a kind of detective, always able to find the lowest prices? With their app, they are promoting your status from detective to superhero! [link]
Currency Conversion Apps
Any globetrotter has at some point travelled to a country and upon arrival had no idea how much the local currency is worth. If you want to avoid getting scammed by the local exchange bureaus, please do yourself a favor and download one of the following currencies apps.
Elk Travel Currency - Elk is the fastest way to convert currencies on your trips. It knows where you are, and automatically picks the right currency for you. It does away with cumbersome keypad entry, and makes converting currencies fast and fun. [link]
XE Currency - Out of all the apps Team GILBANO has looked at, this is our favorite! All the world's currencies at your fingertips! Since 2009, XE Currency been connecting the world through currency exchange by providing reliable exchange rates and charts for free. Trusted by millions worldwide, this app has everything you need when calculating foreign exchange rates with a refreshed and modern look. [link]
Go!Currency - Go! Currency Converter has been featured by Apple around the world. The ultimate Currency Converter gets great reviews by its users and seems to do a damn good job. Go and check it out! [link]
Congratulations for making it all the way to the bottom of this long, long list of recommended travel apps,-) Now it's your turn! Have we forgotten any of your favorite apps? Let us know in the comment section below!
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