At WHOA, we want you to have the adventure of your lifetime, while staying safe, smart, and spontaneous while doing so! When we travel, we like to feel organized and on top of things as much as possible to get the most out of our trip. But we also know that a few of those finer details are sometimes best left up in the air, or rather, until the moment the plane touches ground! Even the most experienced globetrotters could use an app or two. Apps like Uber and AirBnB have revolutionized transportation and hospitality, and they’re just getting better. Currency Converters and Language translators are a must have for any trip abroad. Now here’s a list we've made of eight innovative, awesome, and cutting edge travel apps that will make your next adventure as smooth as possible! Grab your hiking boots, download a few of these apps, and we promise - you’ll have the world at your fingertips!
Step 1: Start with an itinerary! Even just a list of few must see sights or potential destination spots is a great start planning your ideal adventure. With TripIt, the master itinerary app, plan every detail of your next trip, from car rental to lodging to restaurants, all in one place. You can construct custom itineraries by hand, or simply forward the email confirmations of your flight, rental car, train tickets, and hotels to firstname.lastname@example.org and the TripIt team will do it all for you. Click share, and let friends join in on the fun!
Now let’s make this trip happen! No adventure abroad is possible without booking your flight first, possibly the most time consuming task of them all. Avoid price scams, unreliable flight changes, and hours spent researching different airlines with Hopper. Hopper allows you to set your arrival and departure destinations, then shows you a color coded calendar of when the cheapest dates to fly are. Not only that, but Hopper has tracked years of price history in its database, allowing you to view when the best date to purchase your ticket is. Ready for take off!
Don’t want to pay for an expensive hotel? Bored of AirBnB? With Couchsurfing, you can meet some awesome locals who are passionate about travel, share your common interests, and can show you around all those secret spots of the city. Couchsurfing has revolutionized the meaning of hospitality with its global community of surfers who offer up their couch (or a bed or a room) for free with the goal of fostering a safe and reliable community of travelers. Couchsurfers create detailed profiles with their age, house, hobbies, and interests and can can search through other surfer’s profiles looking for a place to stay - like tinder but for travel! Be sure to check out the reviews to know it’s a safe bet, and stick with a buddy while trying this one out.
There’s nothing worse than getting lost in a foreign country without a data plan. Maybe you’ve tried screenshotting your Google Maps directions. But then what happens if you get off track? We’ve all been there, and don’t want to go back! Maps.me is the perfect alternative to data based map systems. The app allows you to type in a city or location and automatically downloads a high quality map of that area. Search for your hotel, ask for directions, or find your location all while remaining offline.
5) National Geographic World Atlas
When we’re traveling, we always ask a lot of questions! Curiosity can get you far, but what if there’s no one around to tell you that fast fact about the sight you just past? The National Geographic World Atlas Map is the most trustworthy source of information for every country you will visit. Spin the globe, explore, and have the world at your fingertips. Tap on a place and it will show you everything from world history to significant dates or stats of that territory. Discover a place you want to go next? Place a pin and start your travel list!
Traveling alone can be fun, however, there’s a time and a place - and a friend for every occasion! At WHOA, we are all about the power of group travel. Yonder is an app that allows you to enjoy the solo-travel experience, and pick and choose friends along the way. Created for everyone, from backyard explorers to city slickers, Yonder connects you to inspiring people who share your common interests. Want to go rock climbing but need a belay buddy? What about a last minute dinner date? Yonder will show you the all of the people, places, and experiences that are just steps away!
Planes, trains, and automobiles, oh my! When we were traveling in Europe last summer, we came across so many different options for transportation. Which one is the cheapest? What is the quickest route? The most efficient? GoEuro allows you to filter out all of your transportation options in one easy to use interface. It will show you the overall best option, as well as let you pick which one is the most convenient for your specific travel date and time.
This app has revolutionized carpooling, keeping it safe, reliable, and convenient for everyone. It’s kind of like Uber-pool, but for longer destinations, and with cheaper options available. Search through hundreds of posts near you or offer up your own to make some spare change. Type in your destination, find the price, research your driver’s profile, and contact them to set up a pick up location! BlaBlaCar consistently moderates user’s profiles and reviews, making sure the driver is safe, and offers free insurance to everyone. However, we would recommend sticking with a buddy on this one, too!
So grab your hiking boots, download these apps, and ... Ready, set, adventure!