10 Must Have Apps Every Traveler Needs to Get

10 Must Have Apps Every Traveler Needs to Get

10 must have app every traveler needs to get
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10 Must Have Apps Every Traveler Needs to Get

Smart phones have become part of everything we do in our daily lives, and for many people they rely on them to take care of planning, reminding, staying connected, looking up that random actor and occasionally even making a phone call or two. We take for granted how much they help us in our daily lives until we decided to travel and everything around us changes. It’s not until you don’t know the correct exchange rate, not sure what a sign says or have no idea how to find a place to stay that you realize you’ve got to head over to the app store for some new toys to play with!

Here is our list of the 10 must have apps every traveler needs to get before they set off on a trip, no matter if it is half way around the world or just down the street.

1. Whatsapp

Whatsapp has quickly become one of the most popular apps, especially among travelers. Whatsapp allows you to send and receive text messages, photos, videos and voice memos over wifi, thus making it perfect for someone traveling outside of their home country. Worrying about how to communicate while abroad is much less hectic knowing that you can contact anyone anywhere with just some wifi, and with wifi almost everywhere these days, its become one of our favorite new apps.

.99 from the App Store for iPhone and Android

2. Skype

During peak times of the day, Skype claims that it is being used by over 40 million people simultaneously. No matter where you are in the world, its great to be able to call home, and with the increasingly better quality of video chat, its a fun and exciting way to communicate. We’ve loved showing our apartment in Phuket to our friends and family all over the world using the power of Skype.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

3. Currency Exchange XE

I’ll never forget the first time I landed in Thailand, traveling by myself, and attempting to get cash out of an ATM. I hadn’t even thought about different currencies and exchange rates, and at 19 it was no surprise. I had to take a guess what 3,000 baht was worth and take a chance. Currency Exchange XE is a great app to get and quickly be able to convert any currency wherever you may find yourself. It’s also great to keep track of those exchange rates which sometimes change drastically in only a couple weeks.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android 

4. Hostelworld 

Staying at hostels is an awesome way to travel no matter your budget. Whether you are staying a night or a week, traveling solo or with friends, hostels provide a much needed and more exciting alternative to hotels. Hostelworld provides a great app to quickly search, reserve and find out where the most popular hostel hangouts are in whatever city you find yourself in from Santiago, Chile to Saigon, Vietnam.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android 

5. Skyscanner

There are endless websites, services and apps for air travel, but we have really liked Skyscanner recently. You can easily search any route you would like or ever explore the destinations around you if you are looking for some adventure and just need to hit the road. Another really cool part of the app is being able to just search a month at a time and see when the cheapest day to fly that month will be. You will be sent to each airlines site or phone number to reserve your ticket once you decide which flight you’d like to buy. Not the best app, not the worst but until the next flight app comes out, we like this one quite well.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

6. Netflix

No matter where you are on Earth, being able to watch a movie or your favorite TV show is always a wonderful thing. Netflix has thrown the days that you had to bring DVD’s with you and your laptop right out the window and makes it so easy to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. As long as you have decent wifi you’re set to go. We have also been really impressed the last couple months at the better quality of the films and tv shows they are offering, a step in the right direction. (If you are traveling internationally, check out our bonus #11 at the bottom!)

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

7. Snapseed

Wherever you are in the world, everyone is taking pictures on their cellphone. With the increasing quality of the cameras in our smartphones, its great to find an app that can help tone, filter and adjust our photographs. Snapseed, now free, is a great app that will allow you to apply filters, crop, tilt, select focus, etc to any of your photographs. We all want to share our pictures with friends and family and Snapseed is a really great tool to help you do just that.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

8. TripIt

Sometimes it gets really confusing trying to organize and manage all of your travel documents, flights and information into one piece. TripIt is an awesome app which allows you to forward all of your itineraries, no matter the airline and the app quickly organizes them together into a fun and creative app which is easy to use. It even tells you how many miles you have flown in the last year which is pretty cool!

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

9. Google Translate

There is nothing as frustrating while traveling abroad than not being able to communicate the most simply words. Some of our more humorous memories traveling have been moments that are lost in translation but no matter how hard to try to speak slowly, act it out or even draw on paper, sometimes you just don’t get anywhere. Google Translate has a great app which allows you to at least translate those simply words that can make a world of difference while traveling and safe quite the headache at certain times.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

10. Trip Advisor

The era of smartphones have opened a ton of doors for new services we have at our fingertips we never thought about before. It’s always fun and exciting to explore a new city and find that hole in the wall restaurant you will never forget. Unfortunately, at some point we have all stumbled on that horrible restaurant we thought was going to be wonderful. The same can be said about hotels. Sometimes it takes getting lost and taking a chance to find a great place to eat or sleep but its also great to pop open the Trip Advisor app, and read what other travelers have to say about the restaurant you think looks good or the budget hotel you were planning to stay at.

Free from the App Store for iPhone and Android

** 11. For a lot of people traveling internationally, its very important to also get a great VPN for your phone to make sure you are not limited while traveling. Apps and websites like Pandora, Netflix and sometimes YouTube are banned in some countries and you will not be able to stream or watch anything. We recommend Express VPN, at under $10 a month, it easily allows you to enjoy the full benefit of all your apps no matter where in the world you are.


jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to forget them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!


  1. Great list! Whatsapp saved me so much money when I was in Europe last summer. Definitely going to have to check out the rest when I study abroad next semester though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Whatsapp is the app we use the most on the road! (besides fb, twitter, instagram) We’ll try and update the list by the time you are traveling in the summer!

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