Travel Apps

This help post is all about travel apps! I don’t use that many as I prefer to pre-plan and use my computer but most sites have apps now and everything is becoming easier and more accessible. As apps are dominating I thought I’d share which travel related ones I use when going away. Of course there are thousands of apps and everyone will prefer different ones but these are the ones I like and would recommend. (A fun drinking game could be how many times I wrote the word app in this post).

The Before – If I’m planning a trip somewhere I need to figure out where and how I’m getting there. A lot of my travel inspiration comes from sites like Tumblr or Instagram and I actually did a whole post on that here. To find flights I always use Google Flights or Skyscanner. There are tons of similar services like Kayak or Orbitz but the former two I prefer due to their design and simplicity. Accommodation I’ll usually do on a computer as I like a big screen to read reviews, but if it’s a last minute thing I’ll hop on Hotels and see what deals they have. To plan I always use Google Docs as you can share it with friends you’re travelling with and it’s a great place to keep things organised. For every big trip I take I’ll make a document there to list places of interest, figure out day itineraries etc. You can make your documents accessible offline which is perfect for when you’re travelling and don’t have internet signal. I know some people prefer Pinterest, Evernote or TripIt for organising, so just find something you’re comfortable with.

The During – When I’m on vacation or travelling my most used apps are Yelp, TripAdvisor and FourSquare. I think as a threesome they’re great for finding great restaurants and tourist sights to check out. I prefer unusual/local perspectives so I’ll tend to do my research before the trip, but sometimes you need a place to fill in some time or if a plan fell flat and these apps are awesome for that. As a record for myself I use Swarm which is a ‘check-in’ app similar to what you can do on Facebook. You get stickers and coins for certain things but I just use it so I can look back a few weeks later and remind myself what a place was called.

A useful app to have is XE Currency. It’s free (as I think most of these are) and works perfectly for me. You just pre-load in the currencies you’ll be using and it figures everything out very fast without a need for wifi. Moving around wise I use Citymapper and Google Maps. There are hundreds of map apps so just try them out and find the right one for you. These two are easy and have always given me correct directions. They also load for me when I’m offline and therefore becoming regular old-school maps.

The After – When I’m back from a trip to edit photos I’ll use VSCO. It is very flexible and gives me a lot of options. Normally I’ll use Photoshop but this is a quick alternative if I’m in a rush. As a traveller I’m a bit of a sucker for seeing where I’ve gone so I use Been. It’s basically a listing app for you to check off places you’ve been country-wise. It then tallies up how much of the world you’ve seen and you can share it with friends. The visual side of it is basic and just colours in the country on a map. I’m sure there is a better app that does something similar but I just haven’t found it yet.

If I am going on a specific trip I’ll always do a search for apps relating to that place. For example if I was heading to NYC I’d download a subway map app, restroom finder and maybe tourist spot apps like Central Park, Whitney Museum etc. If you’re going abroad there are many translation apps available including Google Translate and iStone. Most transportation companies have their own apps like JetBlue, British Airways, Trainline etc. but I’m not really sure what the benefit of those are unless you’re regularly booking with them.


Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima



Kyoto 2


Tokyo & DisneySea


Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff