Top 12 Travel Apps 2019: According to Bloggers

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Top Travel Apps

Uncertain about where to go?  Don’t have a place to stay tonight?  Interested in meeting up for a drink with local backpackers?  Can’t read the local language and need help translating it?… No problem! These are no longer problems that we can’t solve from the palms of hands and a tap of a button. What used to take hours, now takes minutes, and a generation that used to live off the phrase “sleep on it”, has now turned into “now! Gimme now!”

So we introduce to you...the Top 12 Travel Apps that you should be using here in 2019: According to Bloggers!


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One of the most revolutionary travel apps that we’ve come across by far, and actually how the two Executive Thrillseekers (that’s us) met one another. Has both accommodation options where you can search for a host, or if you’re in your home country you can post that you have housing available. If you’re a guest it’s always welcomed if you show your gratitude by cooking a meal, helping with chores, taking the host out, and most importantly sharing your worldly experiences.

The newest and best part of the app is they allow you to make a status to find or create local hangouts...think tinder but for travelers and only looking to hang out.  It really has been one of our most used and most valued apps for the past year.

Are you up to meeting with locals but prefer to book your own accommodation? We broke down some most common accommodation search engines for you.

Or you are looking to make your first booking with AirBnb and don’t know what to look for? We got you!


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We found Mapify to be the ultimate app for travelers, as it’s functionality was above expected. With Mapify you can search any destination in the world and see how other travelers reviewed it, information of the location followed by stunning shots and locations on the map. You can then ask a question about this destination, get directions, like or save it. You can also follow other travelers and their aspiring journeys. Of course, you can map any place yourself or share your entire journey.  Through the app you can explore the nearby AirBnbs, transportation, and explore places simply by sitting on your couch and just save those aspiring locations for your next travel. This all makes planning your next trip even easier!  

If that wasn’t selling point, we’re certain the scratch map feature is more than enough to keep you coming back each and every time to check the countries off your list.


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TripCase is like your own personal travel agent that you can carry around in your pocket. It takes all of your different reservations and travel plans, whether that’s flights, car rentals or accommodation, and incorporates them all into one, easy to use platform. It will also automatically update any changes to your trip, such as flight times. To really top it all off, it’s free!


This app will ease all of your travel stresses, as you rush for your short airport connection. You will already have all the information you need at the touch of a button. So don’t worry about any last minute gate changes, as you will be the first to know.
During our travels, we are constantly on the move. That means different accommodation every couple of nights and numerous buses, trains and planes. Tripcase’s organization means we can spend less time stressing about organizing our travels, and more time actually enjoying them.

This app is recommended by The Coastal Campaign.


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“Not all of my friends and family are into social media, making it a struggle to stay connected while abroad” – says Caitlin from Back Again Cait.

Luckily, she’s found a solution with the Postagram app. This app (and others like it) lets you create a personalized postcard using photos from your phone. They print and mail postcards for roughly the same price as a postcard and airmail stamp. Plus, the cards arrive within 3-5 days, rather than weeks later.

With this app you no longer need to find the nearest post office, buy stamps, or seek out “the perfect” postcard from often boring options. The fridges at Caitlin’s grandparents’ houses are now covered with these postcards and that has made them more comfortable with all her global running around.

You can try out Postagram with the promo code PGFREE2018 and read more about the apps Caitlin uses while traveling in this article about Tech to make Your Travel Easier.


Skyscanner

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When it comes to finding the best prices for flights, we look to none other than this state of the art search engine and app. Whether you’re searching for flights from the USA to Australia or you’re simply trying to get from Ukraine to Poland, Skyscanner will find the best prices available for you!


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Almost everyone seems to have heard of the popular ride-hailing app, Uber. However, if you're planning on travelling to Asia in 2019, then you need to download and get on board with Ola. They are incredibly popular in many Asian countries and we have used them extensively in 2018 across Sri Lanka and India.

There are a few reasons why they’re so popular. However, it largely comes down to how easy their app is to use and how cheap they are. Many cities offer both Uber and Ola, but Ola tends to be cheaper. Also, they have recently launched a partnership with a popular food delivery service called FoodPanda. Meaning you can use them to get around and to get your food served right to your door!

This app is recommended by Dream Big, Travel Far.


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The Packpoint app is a great way of ensuring that you have everything that you need for your upcoming trip whether that is a weekend away, a family adventure or a business trip. This innovative app takes a packing list to the next level by actually suggesting to you the things that you ought to be taking on your trip.
You tell the app where you are going, what you are doing, and for how long.

The app will then suggest the types and amounts of clothing (and other things like chargers etc) that it thinks you should be taking based upon the weather and your plans. You can edit this list to take out things you don't need and add others to make sure that everything is covered. Then. as you pack, you simply tick off what you have packed.

This app is recommended by More Life In Your Days.

After looking into it, we also found this app to be useful and nicely designed. Importantly, it provides a quick way to put together a packing list and will help you remember everything that you might need - it certainly beats a pen and paper.


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This is by far the most important thing you could possibly use while you are traveling anywhere in the world.  It’s those moments that you connect to a public wifi to find out where you are and how you can purchase a ticket that leaves all your information vulnerable.  Believe it or not, people sit and wait for these very moments to steal your credit card information the moment you go to purchase something with your card over an unsecured network...

And let’s face it – you want to watch Netflix on your phone in a country that doesn’t support it, this will allow you to do so.

This is highly recommended by Jim.


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Rather than fiddling with the paper declaration form to enter the U.S, the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app helps U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors expedite entry by submitting passport and declaration information via mobile device.
It’s great because it eliminates the need to keep track of the declaration card or find a pen to fill it. With the app, you simply create a profile, answer trip questions, submit to U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP), receive an encrypted barcode, ease through customs.

The app is free, secure to use, does not require pre-approval, available on iOS/Android, and only works over your cellular network or Wi-Fi. And though the app is authorized for use by U.S Customs and Border Protection, the app does NOT replace your passport. Always bring it with you.

Note: The list of participants connected to the app is growing. It is available at 26 airports and 3 cruise ports, at present. Check their site for more details and to see if your entry point is on the list of participants.
This app is recommended by Locaux.


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Videos are the new game in today’s digital world. With stories and IGTV features shining out, it’s time for brands to focus on their video strategy. An instant video maker comes to rescue when quick updates are to be made while travelling and the app is no less then a pro editor if used the right way.

Quik, an app by GoPro is what I use for its great transitions and the ability to use music from my music library. It is something that I use to make short day wise highlights while travelling for my Instagram stories with and it's actually so quick, you just have to shoot some perfect frames and leave the rest to Quik.

This app is recommended by Jaunting Journeys.


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One of the most popular apps you will come across when traveling southeast Asia.  Grab is a technology-based ride-hailing app to be compared with Uber. As of March 2018 Grab has now acquired all of Uber’s Southeast Asian operations. Originally what started out as just a ride-hailing cash paying app, has now turned full scale with multiple ways to pay, ride-sharing options, and even as far as food delivery.  

One of the biggest positives of this app is for when you’re travelling in Southeast Asian countries as a foreigner and you don’t know how to speak the language, ordering a car through this app is easy as it gets. You just need to enter your destination point in the search bar or select it on the map, and you will see the cost of the ride in the local currency.

Download Grab today from the app store and use the referral code: GRABEXECTHRILL you get free credits and we get free credits!


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An app that allows you to automatically track your route and the places you've visited while you are travelling, by simply carrying your phone in your pocket.  The app then creates your own travel map with the number of days, miles, and countries visited.

Once connected to the internet, your travel routes, locations and photos are seamlessly transferred to your personal traveller profile, where your route is put on to a map that you can share with the rest of your family and friends so they can get a real-time look as to where you are in the world.  On the contrary, you have the option to limit the privacy of your shares to keep it as private or as public as you’d like!

For easier post-travel sharing and coffee table stories, the app offers to create and ship a personalized photo album with routes included. (This reason right here is exactly why we chose to start using the app in the first place).  The newest of updates for both IOS and Android have made it much more efficient on the battery of your phone which is a huge an upgrade!


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At first, we were a little taken aback by the amount of information that had been put into this app to make all that it does possible.  But after further thought and the realization that all of our info was already out there, we decided to give it another try. It’s up there with one of the least talked about apps created by Google, which came as a big surprise as it’s been out for over 2 years now!

If you’re looking for a place that’ll keep your reservations, saved places, and will offer recommendations for you based off where you’ll be, then this is the app for you.  It really does crawl your Gmail on your phone very swiftly to compile the data which might scare you a little bit, but opening an app to see your hotel reservations and flights with links to the emails, day plans, and local restaurants to eat out...you’ll be fine.  It will compile past, present, and future bookings for you, so you’ll actually be able to look back at all the past trips that you’ve taken since you created your Gmail account.

Its best feature which you don’t really find in other apps is the day plan functionality.  Here it knows exactly where you are and will come up with a detailed half or full day sightseeing map based on what you’re looking to do (as seen in the image).


It’s truly amazing the number of things you can do at almost any minute from the tips of your fingers here in 2019. Whether you’re in the jungle, on a train headed across the country, or walking through a busy city, we can all access these apps in seconds. There are no boundaries to where the technology can go in the coming years! So please if you have got a revolutionary app that you think belongs on our list drop it in the comments below, because honestly, we love learning day in and day out!

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