Best Free Apps For Travel

Use the arrows on the pictures below to scroll through the apps I have picked and as always if you have any questions or any of your own suggestions please comment below.


Trip Advisor

This is a great app for researching things that you might want to do while you are there, you can also download cities for use offline, which means you can still use the search function to find tours, restaurants and hotels if you have no WiFi which is great.

It also downloads the map for the place too so you can see where places are and come up with a way for you to get there.


Google Translate

You can use google translate to help you if you are in another country where you don’t speak the language, I haven’t had to use this yet but I have tried it out a few times and it seems great, you can type in text or use your camera to snap a picture of a sign or even use the microphone to translate into any language, some languages have an audio to go along with it and others don’t.


Duo Lingo

This app is brilliant and free for learning other languages, it has a wide selection of languages to choose from and starts you out with the basics and also makes it fun to learn, anyone wanting to begin learning another language I would definitely recommend


Live Trekker

You can use this app to track where you have been, so when you walk around a city it will show you what route you took or when driving. You can upload pictures to go with the route and create videos to share with family and friends, it’s a good app if you want to be keeping track of where you have been and what you saw along the way.


Rome2rio

This is a great little app, it searches all possible ways of getting between 2 places, it will search by car, bus, train, plain, boat anything, and tell you how much it will cost you to get between the places and how long by each method.


Airbnb

This is also a great app to have if you want a bit more luxury than a hostel, I used this when in Brisbane to find a shared room in a house which was the same price as a hostel but less people and you usually get free WiFi and a proper less crowded kitchen.


Hostel world and Hostel bookers

These are both pretty much the same as each other although you can find different deals on each one and the deposit you need to leave can vary. I find that hostel world generally has more information about the place you will be staying than hostel bookers but that is not true for everywhere so I would download both and flick between the two when searching for places to stay. They cover the whole world too so they are absolutely great apps for just searching for hostels rather than a mix of hostels and hotels.


Google Maps

This is a great app for travel as it picks up bus and train times if you’re in a country that supports it, and you can also download areas of maps for you to use offline which I have found very useful for when I have not had data or signal. When you download an app for offline use you can still find directions between places within that offline area, but only driving directions.


Uber

Uber is increasing in popularity in more and more countries and city’s every day and they are usually a much cheaper alternative to a taxi, it has a rating system so you can view the reviews of your driver and also leave your own review after your journey. You add your bank card when you register so it also means that even if you are stuck without cash you can always get a lift somewhere as it will just charge your card after you exit the vehicle, you also don’t need to worry about tipping.

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The ‘Highs’ And ‘Lows’ Of Solo Travel

 

So you want to go see the world but your friends either can’t come with you or don’t have the same dream as you and that’s fine, so you can go it alone!

Travelling alone is extremely rewarding but it does have its downfalls….doesn’t everything?

Here I will let you know all about the highs and lows that I have experienced in the past year of travelling alone.

I think we should start with the lows so we can end on a high.

The Lows

  • You feel a bit lonely at times – this is true, you’re in another country all on your own and everyone you truly love is back home living their lives without you. Although you’re not truly on your own for longer than a few hours usually as you meet people really fast in hostels etc.
  • You don’t have anyone to share the moments with – until you do. You always meet people while travelling solo, especially if you’re staying in hostels. Everyone is in the same boat however and backpackers join up to go on trips together.
  • You miss home – this is natural and you will miss the comfort of home sometimes and the people you love who are also there. But remember this, you left home for a reason and the grass is always greener on the other side.
  • It can be scary doing new things – this is a low because it doesn’t feel nice to be worried about doing new things, I know this one won’t happen with everyone but I have anxiety so I feel nervous about pretty much everything, however I know that the thought of doing something is more scary than actually doing it.

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  • What if people don’t like me? – this one I worry about a lot but when it comes to it unless your well a bit of an idiot you will find that most people like you and even some of the idiots I have met on my travels still manage to make friends so you will be fine. Just talk to people when they talk to you.
  • Is it safe? – is anything safe anymore? This one scares me the most just because of the state of the world and some of the horrible people in it, it truly does worry me but you have risk where ever you are in the world and the way to avoid anything bad happening to you is to have a bit of common sense! Don’t go walking long distances in the dark on your own, if you have a dodgy feeling about someone your probably right, use the same practices for keeping yourself safe as you would anywhere in the world.
  • Budgeting can be tricky – this one is true in the sense that things can be cheaper if you were with someone, such as food, drink, fuel etc. as you share the cost, so try and plan your meals to get the most for your money or try and get a few of you to go in on food.

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The Highs

  • Feeling a bit lonely sometimes can actually work in your favour, you start to appreciate the loved ones in your life a whole lot more which means that the time you will spend together again will actually be better than it was before, It also helps you build on yourself as a person
  • You have to push yourself to get out there and meet people, so your confidence will increase, I know a lot of people are already really confident but this is how I have reacted.
  • Seeing the beauty of the world makes you forget about all the horrible things happening in the world for a moment.
  • You will learn things about yourself that you didn’t know before, with solo travel does come time alone which you can use to find out who you really are.
  • You get to tick things off your bucket list which always makes you feel good, you had a goal and achieved it and you’re more likely to get all the items on their ticked off if you are by yourself because you decide everything you do.
  • You can do what you want, when you want – obviously within reason, but what I’m trying to say is that you don’t need to decide on a plan with someone. This trip is entirely yours and if you want to go and see something all you need to do is get up and go.

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So as you can see there are so many benefits of going it alone and while there are setbacks and lows in travelling by yourself you can always turn a negative into a positive if you have the right outlook on things. I know even just being alone can be scary for some people, it was for me but by pushing yourself into doing things that scare you a bit you overcome those fears and start becoming the person you know your really are and isn’t that what life is all about? Doing and experiencing amazing things and trying to be the best person that we can be?  – I think it is anyway.

So there are undoubtedly more highs and lows of travelling and if you have any questions always feel free to ask or if you have any of your own you would like to share then please do so.

 

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