Traveling when strapped for cash can be both difficult and stressful. Although planning ahead helps there can often be unexpected changes in plans, or bumps in the road (pun intended). It’s at these times that having the right travel resources or travel apps to make impromptu decisions can make your trip a success.
These are my 6 most used travel apps.
1. Google Maps
I can’t say enough about google maps. As long as you have a smart phone or computer available, you have access to the seemingly limitless navigation power of almighty google. Many people take this for granted, but try finding your way somewhere where you have no cell service or internet and you will quickly realize how important this tool is.
One benefit Google maps offers that may people don’t know about is their integration with public transportation. Just search the directions you need and choose the bus image instead of driving or walking. This will give you specific instructions for the most efficient way to get where you need to go, even including the relevant bus or subway schedules and the cost of each portion of the trip.
Although yelp provides reviews for all sorts of attractions, I’ve found it most beneficial for “underground” activities (No, I’m not referring to spelunking). I’m talking about hikes that only locals know about. Or the best lookout for a romantic drive. Or somewhere you can get a taco and bring your own beers without being hassled. No matter what you’re looking for, if it exists, it’s likely a yelp-er has reviewed it on this travel app.
No matter where I’ve found myself in the world Urbanspoon is an app that has given me a quick, reliable information on great places to eat within my budget. Their intuitive interface allows you to find eats based upon a variety of factors so you’ll always get exactly what you want.
Craigslist for travel? I know it may sound odd, but craigslist has countless services that make travel easier. Ride-share is one example. This is an area where people post carpooling opportunities and you can usually find a ride between between most cities. If your flexible with dates you can pretty much get anywhere for just pitching in some gas money. If you’re driving your own vehicle, the automotive services section is an excellent resource to find extremely inexpensive repairs for your rig. Most cities have countless “mobile mechanics” who will be happy to meet you anywhere and get you back on the road.
Uber is an extremely successful recent startup that connects people with drivers. It’s basically like a crowd-sourced taxi service where anyone can sign up to be a driver. It is a great alternative to expensive taxi services and is quickly expanding its reach around the world.
6. Air bnb
Looking for inexpensive lodging while traveling? Air bnb, much like Uber, is a crowd sourced program that allows people to rent out rooms in their homes to travelers. There is a very wide range of price and quality, so it’s likely you can find just what you’re looking for.
If you haven’t used these travel apps before, try them out! They really do make travel more feasible, less stressful, and most importantly less expensive.