desktop screenshot from Citymapper
Citymapper provides live schedules near you for buses, trains, subways and the like, and tells you when to expect the next one.
Photo Credit: Citymapper

10 Best Travel Apps to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze!

Travel Technology at Your Fingertips

Smartphones have made our lives so much easier in a lot of ways, especially in the form of useful apps. Even traveling can become a breeze with the right app at your fingertips. Gone are the days of paper maps, trying to convert currency in your head and struggling to communicate with someone in another language. There’s an app for all of that and more!

The following is a collection of some of the best travel apps around, sure to ease the stresses of planning and traveling, whether you’re staying in the United States or venturing abroad.

1. Citymapper

Citymapper is an insanely useful app if you intend on traveling within a major city primarily by public transportation. The app is available for 36 cities around the world and counting.

It provides live schedules near you for buses, trains, subways and the like, and tells you when to expect the next one. You can also utilize its trip planner in order to get from point A to point B quickly and efficiently regardless of if you’re only using public transit or want to hire an Uber.

screenshots of the XE app in useChoose your home currency and instantly convert it into a foreign currency, or vice versa using the XE app.Photo Credit: XE

2. XE Currency

Currency conversions are kind of a headache. When traveling outside the US, it can be difficult to remember what the dollar is currently worth in another country.

Leave it to the currency pros at XE to develop an app that does conversions for you in real time. Choose your home currency and instantly convert it into a foreign currency, or vice versa.

An invaluable tool while shopping or deciding on things to do.

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mobile screenshots from the Google Translate appInstead of adding extra weight to your luggage with a phrasebook, download the Google Translate app.Photo Credit: Google Translate

3. Google Translate

If you find yourself in a non-English speaking country, you may find it difficult to communicate if you don’t know the local language. Instead of adding extra weight to your luggage with a phrasebook, download the Google Translate app.

It’s the simplest way to cope when you come up against language barriers. You can find out how to say specific words or phrases in over 103 languages and even translate text instantly using your camera.

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