The all-inclusive type of travel which you buy from a tour operator is a cool thing – you have everything planned and ordered for you. Basically, all you need to do is relax and enjoy all the activities you are offered. But, every tourist knows that you will only feel (and become) a real traveler when you go somewhere on your own and plan everything by yourself, and everything usually includes your tickets, dwelling, eating, and sightseeing.
Those who do it on their own at least once get hooked immediately, promising to never buy a premade tour again. Are you ready for the risk of becoming a travel junkie? If so, read on about the best apps for successful solo travel.
If you want to save some cash on airfare (well, who doesn’t?), be sure to install Hopper. Its mechanism is simple – it analyzes billions of airfares and companies on the daily basis, catching the optimal time for buying your tickets to basically anywhere. Have a specific flight destination? Use the “Watch a Flight” option to catch the lowest price for it.
If you don’t have a specific date for your travel, there is a color-coded calendar of Hopper you will definitely enjoy – it shows the cheapest dates of the month.
Even those who are not newbies to packing for a trip forget essentials from time to time. And, if you are not one of those people who only travel with their ID, phone charger, and credit card, buying everything on the go, Travel List will be pretty helpful here. There are calendar features and reminders for the stuff you pack last-minute – ensuring you have everything for a comfortable trip.
If you’re looking to find a site with more listings than Airbnb does, you will have some serious troubles. Airbnb has more than 1 million offerings to choose from, and you can literally find whatever you want or need – vans, castles, a bed in someone’s apartment, or a whole guesthouse for your own use. It’s not quite as simple as booking a hotel, but you will definitely have a much more personal experience in your search.
Getting to your destination is the half of the task – you still have to eat something in order to stay alive and full of strength for sightseeing. Foodspotting will help you find any food in local restaurants – literally any food. There’s absolutely no need to head for McDonalds. Try the local food instead (if you are somewhere exotic) – just be mindful of sanitation and understand that having stomach troubles while traveling is somewhat expected!
As simple as it is, if you travel somewhere that they don’t really understand your language, the “conversation mode” of Google Translate’s app can make your interactions with locals much more understandable. Be sure to adjust the lag time and prepare for some silly translations. Throwing in some hand gestures can make for a perfect communication strategy.
This small and handy app will be indispensable for those who don’t want to get lost in all the confirmations and itinerary details. The TripIt app will scan all your letters and convert the info drawn from there into a simple and convenient trip itinerary that connects to your calendar.
For those who don’t want to have unpleasant surprises along the way, TripAdvisor will be a huge help in choosing everything from hotels and hostels to bars and other places. The app gives you ranks and reviews from other travelers who’ve already been to where you plan to go. These will help you to make the right choices. They also have an offline city guide to use – this does not require an internet connection and you will know everything you need, no matter where you go.
This sightseeing app is a good companion to the previous app, and here is why: there are plenty of popular and famous sights that distract people from truly unique and authentic places. If you want to feel what locals feel, use Localeur and you will get tips from those who really know it all. The list of cities available is growing every day.
Navigation troubles will not bother you with this one. Having maps for the top travel cities, like New York, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and others, allows you to pin all your locations and sights into a personal route. There is an offline options for those who hate running around the city looking for a decent WiFi signal.
Featured photo credit: The lone traveler/ Noelle Buske via flickr.com