Eight Travel Apps to Take on the Road

Heather Markel, Writer, Photographer, Speaker, World Traveler

More helpful travel apps.

A while ago I shared 10 travel apps that make traveling a lot easier. I’ve come across a few more neat apps so wanted to share them with those of you planning to go traveling, or who are already globe trotting.

This is a neat app I came across at the Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. If you love eating fish, and you also love protecting wildlife, this app will help you dine out with consideration. You can plug in the type of fish on the menu that’s whetting your apetite and learn whether that fish is endangered. By lowering demand for endangered species, we help ensure they don’t all get killed off. Click here for more information.

If you like finding budget accomodation, you don’t make advanced plans and you are traveling without a data plan, you’ll love this app. Arrive anyplace and get a GPS layout of the area nearest to you and what  hostels are around along with a description and reviews from people that have been there. In addition to accomodation you’ll see nearby sites, gas stations and legal offices. It’s fairly new and run on donations as they grow so it’s fairly low tech. That should not deter you from using it as it has some great information as well as places that can repair your tent, service your car, and take photos. Click here to learn more.

Tourlina is a neat app for female travelers. You can plug in a future travel itinerary and match up with others going your way. You input the country you’re traveling to, the dates, and the areas, and the app will match you with other women that will be there at the same time. You’re required to enter your age so you can also choose travel buddies by a number of meaningful criterion. You will get a list of buddies and, based on their info you can opt to connect with them, or not.  Click here to learn more.

Going someplace high? You need this app! Travel Altimeter and Elevation let’s you know what elevation you’re at via GPS, so you don’t need a data plan. I used this app in Peru to figure out where altitude sickness would affect me. Knowing this helped me figure out places I could easily tour, places to avoid, and what my tolerance was without medication. Click here to learn more.

If you plan to travel in Central or South America, this app will come in very handy, especially if you’ll be there for a while. Need electronics or appliances but find that Amazon can’t deliver and local prices are too expensive? This app is like the eBay of Central and South America. Carefully check out the reviews of the sellers before purchasing, and some places may require you to pay up front in cash, but if you need it fast, this app can help you! Click here to learn more.

This is a cool app I recently found out about. It’s currently available in 26 countries and about 300 cities. It’s like Uber, only you get to set your price! So, you could go on Uber, see what the going rate is for a ride, then use InDriver and suggest a lower price, and see if a driver will accept. You’ll have to pay in cash, though. Another feature I found interesting is that you can check out reviews of your drivers. We know Uber receives rating info from passengers, but you can’t see more than their points rating. InDriver lets you get more personalized information. Click here to learn more.

This app is especially useful in South America. While Uber may exist in the places you go, please talk to locals and get their recommendations. I learned that in some South American cities Uber drivers are not regulated. That means there could be a risk using them especially if you’re a fellow female solo traveler. I was told that Cabify is a safer service to use, especially in Lima, Peru. Click here to learn more.

If you’re going to Asia, this is THE cab app to carry! Grab works well, allows you to link a credit card, and you can even choose between a taxi and a motorcyle as your preferred vehicle. I found the drivers highly reliable and fast arriving. The only challenge I found was with airport rides – it seemed like many people wanted the good fare, and sometimes I’d get a driver over 15 minutes away, which is not so good if you have to make a flight. They were responsive via Twitter for issues. Click here to learn more.

Have a favorite app you don’t see in either of my posts? Feel free to drop a comment and let us know what it is!

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