Are you planning a trip soon? Are you going somewhere new or returning to a familiar place? No matter where you are going, some prepping will be required.
It has never been easier to get ready for a trip as it is now with access to all the information we need right in the palm of our hands. Mobile apps are continuously being launched and the travel industry (and travelers) benefit immensely from these apps.
Here are our best 10 essential travel apps for women over 60:
From the apps that help you book a room in a hotel, to the apps that keep you organized before and during the trip, there’s an app for practically everything. Many apps are free to use and contain in-app advertisements. Some apps have paid versions and offer more features.
As a solo female traveler, I can say that having access to travel apps on my phone has made traveling a lot easier. I remember the days with the folded-up paper map in my backpack, getting lost, looking for pay phones and mailboxes, and getting lost some more. I feel safer and better prepared now that I can use Google Maps to look up the area beforehand.
Booking flights, accommodations, car rentals, tours, attractions, and experiences is super easy with these apps.
Booking.com is an aggregator app that puts together lists of accommodations, flights, car rentals, tours, and more according to your travel details. It will help you find the best deals and you can book directly through the app.
Trip advisor is an excellent app to research and find anything you need in your destination. You can read reviews from fellow travelers and also book through the app.
PackPoint will help you sort and organize what you need to pack in your luggage. It will give you suggestions depending on the weather at your destination.
TripCase is an app that will gather all your travel information (flight times, hotel reservations, car rentals, etc.) and put it all in one neat place.
Expedia is a pioneer in the travel app industry. It is an aggregator app that helps you find the best prices for flights, accommodations, car rentals, and more.
Hopper is a price tracker and predictor that will keep you informed on price fluctuations for flights and hotels.
Wanderu is the app you need to search for and book bus and train tickets. It also offers flights and other means of transportation, but the app specializes in buses and trains.
There are many more apps to help with travel planning, like Travelocity, Trivago, Hotwire.com, Orbitz, Kayak, Priceline, etc.
I always download the app for the carrier that I am flying with. That way I can purchase my tickets, do my self-check-in, get my boarding pass QR code, and keep up to date on my flights. Here is a short list of airline apps that I have used in the past and have had great experiences with:
You can use Google Flights to do research about flight schedules and pricing. They aggregate the various airlines and offer up the best options for you depending on the request you provided. I then typically book directly with the airlines and try not to go through a third party for plane tickets.
This app is a live flight tracker that lets you see planes around the world move in real-time on a detailed map.
One of the greatest apps, in my opinion, is Google Maps. The whole planet has almost completely been mapped out, street by street, by Google photographers. It’s also a GPS and will give you alternative routes and ETAs (by car, motorcycle, bus, walking, bicycle, or plane).
Another great GPS app is Waze. It lets you know, in real-time, what’s happening on the road while you are driving. Waze notifies you about traffic, construction, police, crashes, potholes, and more. Waze is a user-built app, meaning that the users input information as things are happening.
My Currency Converter app will quickly and easily convert over 150 currencies for you.
Don’t speak the language? Install the Google Translate app to communicate and understand the local language.
Say Hi is another translation app that I like to use when traveling. It translates in real-time and lets you have a conversation in two different languages. Just tap the button and start speaking.
Culture Trip is great to learn about the destinations you are visiting. It has curated articles to read, and it also offers multi-day trip packages all over the world.
Uber is a way to request rides wherever you are in the world. It’s great when traveling because you don’t have to deal with the local currency (the payment is processed with your debit or credit card), and the trip info is typed in so you don’t have to worry about communication issues with the driver.
Happy Cow is the app that will help you find vegetarian and vegan options in your area.
Yelp is a crowd-sourced app where travelers leave their honest reviews and recommendations for restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and more.
The Smart Traveler app is for traveling US citizens. The app keeps you informed on international news, travel advisories, U.S. embassy locations, and more.
Trip Whistle has a database of emergency numbers in over 200 countries. It lets you dial local police, fire, and ambulance in one touch.
Do you use travel apps? Which ones are your favorites? Will you try any that are on my list? What has been your experience with travel apps? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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