Travel Tips: 10 Must Have Apps and Websites Before Flying Abroad

Have you decided on your fairy tale trip? Deciding where to go is step 1. Now you just have to take care of everything else. Getting into the specifics is a lot of fun and a lot of work, but thanks to technology there are loads of apps and websites you can use to help you with your preparations. So let’s talk about 10 apps and websites that will come in handy before you fly abroad.

Book your hotel and flight with Kayak

The first step is to arrange your accommodations. Now I’ve already discussed the Momondo Cheap Flights and Hotels last year – still a great app. If you would like another option for whatever reason, use Kayak! On Kayak you are able to compare and immediately book flights and hotels. You can even book an Uber to get to your destination once you’ve arrived.

Get to packing with PackPoint

There is nothing more annoying than finding out you forgot to pack your favorite jeans or your charger. Some of us simply need help. PackPoint starts by asking you some questions about where you are going, the activities you’ll be taking part in and more. Once you’ve answered everything, the app will generate a packing list for you which will include items of clothing, toiletries and more.

Prevent Jet Lag

When you travel from one time zone into another, your body might get upset because the sleep-wake pattern is disturbed. Jet Lag Rooster is based on research about the effect of light exposure on jet lags. You start by entering your regular sleep and wake times and the app will design a customized plan. Follow the plan – when you should sleep, when to avoid or expose yourself to light – to reduce your jet lag.

Bookmark Recharge and stay in touch

What do you do when you get lost or injured abroad? What happens when you get homesick or you know you are being missed back home? You’d probably want to make a phone call. In order to do this you need phone credit, which is why you should bookmark Recharge.com as one of your favorite websites. On Recharge.com you can easily top up phone credit of more than 300 providers in over 90 countries.

In Case of Emergency, use an ICE app

Of course we don’t want any one of you to get hurt. But why not be prepared before you go? Either use the ICE (In Case of Emergency) app by Minute Apps LCC on your iPhone or by Appventive on your Android. In both apps you can compile a list of people to call, add insurance information, add information on your primary doctor and list medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re on. Better safe than sorry!

Keep your finances in Mint condition

On one hand I don’t like to think too much about money when I travel, but I know I should be mindful of my expenses. That’s why I use the app Mint. Receive saving tips, create your own budget and get alerted when it’s time to pay your bills. You can add the balance from your bank account and credit card. When Mint sees anything unusual, like a strange transaction, you will be notified. Definitely a must have app!

Start converting with XE Currency

In addition to Mint, XE Currency will also be incredibly helpful to keep track of your expenses. With so many countries having their own currency, a miscalculation is right around the corner. Know exactly how much you are spending in each country and convert with XE Currency. You can also convert using the website!

Let GetYourGuide guide you

You can use GetYourGuide using the app or the website. As much as I love discovering a country by myself, sometimes I could use sightseeing tips. You can easily find the location of landmarks, activities, tours, rentals, restaurants, nightlife. You can even book tickets if something on your to-do-list requires you to do so. GetYourGuide is good for finding almost everything and can’t imagine traveling without the app.

Foodspotting for picky eaters

When you go online you are able to find tons of reviews of certain restaurants. But what if you are in the mood for a specific dish? The way to go is Foodspotting. This app isn’t just about restaurants, but about actual dishes. Start by looking up your location, find a restaurant and search for your dish. Find out what friends and experts thought about the dish, look at pictures and decide what you would like to eat.

Don’t say it, point it with Google Translate

I’m going to be honest here. There are a lot of translation apps you can download. But this one is just more fun to use. Instead of trying to translate a word or sentence, use a photo. Google Translate now offers a point and translate which is filled with hundreds of photo’s split up in different categories (food, accommodation, transportation etc.). Point at a picture to say what you would like to say or ask what you would like to ask.

There you have it! My top 10 must have apps and website. Do you have other tips you’d like to share with us? If so, don’t forget to leave a comment!


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

3 Comments on this post

  1. I would also add a good navigational app Spyglass. It works great when offline, assuming that you pre-download the maps that you need in advance. It shows your accurate coordinates and your current position on a map, allows to mark locations and waypoints, share your locations with friends and much more. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

    Alex / Reply
  2. This is a great collection for any traveler. i have used many of these,

    i have also created a mobile app to discover best local deals for things to do while on the go.

    http://gootli.com/ (ios and android).

    Jiten / Reply
  3. Check out another one of our fav apps called Simply Declare. Combines currency converter, handy notepad, and a way to manage our purchases for customs. It has become on our go to apps when traveling abroad.

    Francine Williams / Reply

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