We strive to give you the best travel tips. Regardless of whether you’re setting off on a business trip or you need advice on traveling with a baby, we’ve got you covered. As part of our commitment to making your life easier, we’ve found five apps that will make every aspect of your vacation better. From budgets and bookings to conversing with locals, the following travel apps make sure you’re covered from every angle.

1. Budget App

Every vacation should start with a realistic budget. It would be great if money wasn’t an object but, in most cases, you’ll need to book a trip that falls within a financial framework. Some people know exactly what they can afford to spend on a vacation. Others need some help. We’ve got plenty of tips on how to save money.

One of the best resources for those planning a vacation is the Mommy Travels budget calculator. All you need to do is input the expenses you expect to incur, the likely cost of each expense, and how long you’ve got until you travel. Then, as if by magic, our calculator tells you how much to save each week so you can cover the cost of your trip without any stress.

2. Booking AppeDreams App

Choice is no longer a luxury when it comes to travel. Online travel agents give you access to thousands of flight and hotel options. eDreams, for example, uses AI-powered technology to sort through real-time price data so you can find the cheapest flights and hotels. The app also provides travel inspiration and tips, so you get the most from your vacation. You can even manage your bookings, check-in online, and rent a car via the app.

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3. PackPoint

 

A seemingly simple yet tricky part of any vacation is packing. While it should be relatively easy to fold some clothes and put them in a suitcase, most of us struggle. The main reason people end up fighting to close the zippers on their suitcases is because they overpack. If only there was a way to manage the process and pack the perfect number of items.

Well, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, there is. PackPoint allows you to specify your destination, the number of days you’ll be traveling for, and the purpose of the trip. It then gives you a streamlined list of things to pack. You can customize and save your lists so you get the perfect suitcase every time.

4. CitymapperCity Mapper App

Finding your way around a new city used to involve a paper map, a lot of pointing, and a willingness to get lost. A sharp gust of wind and the map you’re holding could fly off into the ether, carrying with it your chances of finding the local hotspots. Fortunately, those days are gone. Citymapper provides a comprehensive overview of the best routes and local transport options for over 400 major cities. Combine this with Google Maps or Waze and your chances of getting lost are almost zero.

5. Google TranslateGoogle Translate

The final must-have travel app is Google Translate. Learning a few words and phrases is always a good idea. However, if you’re short on time or desire, Google Translate is the perfect way to make sense of the foreign world around you. Not only is it free, it’s capable of translating any language into one you understand.

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What’s neat about Google Translate is that it can convert text, speech, and images into hundreds of languages. This means you can take a picture of a sign with your phone and the app will translate it. Alternatively, say something into your microphone, press the speaker icon, and the app will say it back in a different language.

Being able to converse with locals lets you get the most from your trip. The must-have travel apps we’ve listed are great but all your hard work will count for very little if language is an insurmountable barrier. So, if you want a travel app arsenal that covers every part of your trip, make sure you combine Google Translate with the other picks in our list.  

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