Whether you’re a regular traveler or just someone who takes an occasional travel break from your daily routine, having an Android smartphone in your pocket during your travels comes in handy. The Google Play Store has a good collection of apps in this regard and we have chosen what we believe are some of the top travel apps for your Android.
Top Android Travel Apps
TripIt Travel Organizer
This free app is simply one you cannot do without. It lets you keep all your travel related information in one place and organizes your travel itinerary right from your hotel booking to airline and car rentals and restaurant confirmations. TripIt accesses your Inbox to get all the relevant information related to your travel and collates it for your convenient use. You can edit your travel plans manually, access your itineraries on any device, even if you’re offline, get directions and weather forecasts for your travel destination and sync your plans with Google Calendar or Outlook if necessary. With the Pro plan, ($49/year), you can get real-time flight alerts, flight finder, refund notifications and a whole lot of other premium features.
If you’re a budget traveller or simply someone who like to experience a new city, town, or village in the most homely way possible, Airbnb is an app you must have. It gives you access to the most interesting places where you can stay as people with extra rooms or spare houses are most happy to welcome you into their homes. No fancy hotels and extra costs. With over 450,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, you may just find that fairytale holiday destination at the right price. The app lets you book accommodations right from within the app, access your itinerary, chat with your hosts, get directions to your listing and even create and share wishlists with your friends.
If you’re on a road trip and need to make a spontaneous hotel reservation from whichever destination you are, Hotel Tonight is the app you’ll want to check out. The app shows you the best hotels at value prices and lets you book a room is three simple steps, right from your mobile device. It doesn’t cover every country and city in the world but they are expanding their reach to more places everyday, and its definitely worth carrying on your phone. What’s more, there’s even 24×7 support, should you need it!
My Train Companion App
If you’re heading to Europe for a romantic rail journey, your best ally is Rail Europe’s My Train Companion app. The app lets you save your travel itinerary, get reminders for upcoming trips, access your booking information, view station guides and maps of your travel destination, find the right trains to over 25000 destinations in Europe, get their arrival and departure times and access customer support, if need be.
FlightTrack is a great app to have when you want to keep track of flight information such as maps of terminals to help you get to the right gates, fight searches by number or route, as well as real time info on departures, arrivals, and delays and weather forecasts for your travel destinations. You can even get information about cancellations and find alternate flights if you’re in a spot.
Anyone who’s had to travel with a big family will know how impossible it is to remember everything that needs to be packed for a trip. That’s where Packing List comes in handy. The app comes preloaded with a list, but you can also create one from scratch, or from a pre-existing one. You can group items by category, location and luggage and add quantities and notes against them if needed.
Traveling in a foreign land isn’t always easy. There may be times when you’re stuck in a bad spot and need help. In such crucial times, its always handy to have an app like this one that gives you access to common emergency numbers such as the police, hospital, and fire services in whichever country you are. What’s more you can have all this information available to you even in offline mode. If you get yourself the Pro version ($1.49), you can get access to the contact information of your embassy as well as a Quick Dial home widget. Having this app in your pocket will give you peace of mind and let you enjoy your journey.
These are simply some of the essential add-ons you can have handy on your smartphone. There are plenty more, such as Google Translate that can act as your communication guide, Waze, that can serve as your local GPS navigator, Touchnote Postcards that let you create personalized photo travel cards, and city guides like TripAdvisor that you can consider packing up along with the others.
So the next time you’re up and ready for a traveling adventure, be sure to grab these Android travel apps for a great trip.