What are some great travel apps

Try it now: The top 20 travel apps for 2020

In addition to suitcases and passports, our smartphone has become an absolutely indispensable travel companion and has been used for years as much more than just a telephone: travel planner, booking overview, navigation device, translation aid, currency converter - the roles our mobile phones play during a trip thanks to various apps can and should hatch are almost inexhaustible. So that you can actually find the best in the abundance of apps, we present you the 20 most practical travel apps for a trip in the coming year in our article!

1. LoungeBuddy - for everyone who likes to be comfortable at the airport

Anyone who has to bridge longer stays at the airport or just wants to make the time before departure a little more comfortable can book one of the numerous lounges that can be found at almost every airport in the world - and the easiest way to do this is with the practical LoungeBuddy App. The free application is available for iOS and lets you find and book suitable lounges around the globe in seconds, even if you are already standing in front of it.

You don't just have to spend a few hours but the whole night at the airport? Then we have some good pieces of advice for you: 10 tips for staying overnight at the airport

2. Duolingo - for all language enthusiasts

Either at short notice during your vacation or weeks and months in advance - with the Duolingo language app you can learn all sorts of languages ​​in the world in simple lessons, and all of this is completely free of charge. The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone and trains all aspects of the chosen foreign language, i.e. speaking and understanding as well as reading and writing.

3. CityMapper - for all mobile city travelers

Have you ever had the problem of having to get from A to B in a strange city without having the slightest idea of ​​local public transport? Difficult isn't it? Especially if you hardly speak the national language, if at all. CityMapper takes on exactly this problem and offers you an uncomplicated route planner with live information on current departures / arrivals as well as failures or operational disruptions, Uber and bicycle route integration, estimated arrival time and much more. The app is available for iOS and Android.

4. Safe Travel App of the Federal Foreign Office - for traveling without concerns

The official Safe Travel App of the German Foreign Office for iOS and Android does exactly what its name promises: Safe travel without any worries. The app provides you with up-to-date information on global security warnings and also has tips on how to stay safe in various countries. The information ranges from areas that are better avoided to tips on where, for example, women should not travel alone. An “I'm okay” function is also available to mark you as safe with family and friends at the push of a button in the event of incidents in the holiday destination.

It is better to be safe than sorry - especially when it comes to your personal safety. This is exactly why we have put together 7 tips for you to travel safely!

5. Foursquare - the global city guide

We probably don't need to introduce Foursquare any longer: In the well-known app for iOS and Android phones, you simply enter your current vacation location and then receive the best tips on restaurants, bars, shopping and sights, including user ratings, so that you don't get any experienced nasty surprises. Ideal if you just want to start exploring spontaneously on holiday without much advance planning, but don't want to leave everything completely to chance.

6. TripIt - all documents in one place

Triplt for iOS and Android is the ideal app for organizing and planning your trip - here you can not only create travel plans and share them with your fellow travelers, but also save all travel documents in one place.

7. Pocket - save online, view later offline

With the Pocket App for iOS and Android, you can save content from the Internet on your smartphone and then watch it later, even if you are currently not connected to the Internet. It not only supports articles and videos from all standard browsers, but also content from over 1,500 apps such as Twitter, Zite or Flipboard.

Pocket is great for keeping your internet costs as low as possible while on vacation. Here we have even more tips: 10 tips to reduce roaming charges when abroad

8. Evernote - keep your notes close at hand

As soon as you have booked your trip, you have to put all the e-mail confirmations, travel reports, packing lists and recommendations from friends somewhere as notes - preferably digitally. Evernote is ideal for this and synchronizes all your files with all your devices so that you can type them in on your PC and then use them on your smartphone. You can also share notes with family members or friends, and on top of that, you can use Evernote to upload photos and share them with others.

9. Skype - Internet telephony via smartphone

The roaming charges within the EU may have fallen for the most part by now, but those who wander around the rest of the world during their vacation and want to report at home for a moment can sometimes face very high costs. With Skype you can bypass this by simply calling over the internet in the local W-LAN free of charge. A chat function including the option of transferring files, such as your most beautiful vacation photos, is also available.

10. Audible - Audiobooks for Travel

With the Amazon Audible app you can buy audiobooks and then listen to them offline during the flight or other trip. Especially when traveling with low-cost airlines, which usually do not offer any entertainment during the flight, or during longer stays at the airport between sections of the route, you can specifically counteract boredom.

11. Hydra - for the perfect holiday photos in any weather

Do you know that? You see the most beautiful photo motifs in front of you and take out your smartphone - only to then find out that the light is unfortunately not enough to take a great picture of them. Hydra for iOS provides a remedy here and combines up to 60 individual shots into a single image, which effectively allows more light to be recorded. The resolution is also effectively better, so that nothing stands in the way of the perfect holiday pictures!

Photos sometimes say more than a thousand words - for example when it comes to seeing how heavenly some vacation spots are. Here are 14 dream destinations in pictures for which you do not need a visa!

12. Instagram - for sharing your pictures

While we're on the subject of photos, the right app for sharing the images on social media should of course not be missing. Instagram is definitely no longer an insider tip, but it should still be mentioned. With the intuitive app, you can upload your best snapshots, add various filters and frames and then not only share them with all other Instagram users directly in the app, but also on other social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. Perfect to share your holiday joy or to make those who stayed at home jealous. Of course, you can also use Instagram as a source of inspiration to find exciting insider restaurants and the like.

13. XE currency converter - to check the current exchange rates

If you have to pay in foreign currencies, you should definitely get a currency converter in order to avoid unknowingly paying usurious prices. The XE currency converter is the most up-to-date and most accurate on the market, is available for all common smartphones and, on top of that, can be used completely free of charge.

14. CamScanner - create pdfs on the go

No matter whether you are a digital nomad, on a business trip or simply indispensable for your company on vacation - with this super practical app you always have your office with you when you travel. CamScanner allows you to use your smartphone's camera as a scanner that converts images directly into high-quality PDF files, even if the image quality is rather poor. An image editor is also available in the app to edit graphics and photos, and on top of that you can add digital watermarks to your documents. The app is of course also useful if you want to quickly “scan in” a few pages for work in the university library at home.

“What is a digital nomad, please?” You ask yourself now? Click here and find out: How do you become a digital nomad?

15. Trello - your smart organizer

Trello is a nifty productivity tool that allows you to organize things or events quickly and easily; so it is ideal for travel planning. With Trello, you can easily create lists of sights, restaurants you want to visit and more on your laptop before your trip and then have them practically at hand via the app when you are on vacation. The Trello app for iOS and Android is currently not quite as mature as the browser version, but it is constantly being improved.

16. Google Maps - the city map always at hand

We no longer have to explain why Google Maps is useful when on vacation: The route app is known to be extremely helpful for finding your way around the world quickly - and even offline, as long as you download the maps before you start your journey. However, you should still find out about your travel destination in advance, as Google Maps does not necessarily know which areas you should avoid as a tourist. Sometimes it is also advisable to turn off the app for a while and just stroll around and discover new things - you can still use Google Maps later with a clear conscience when you want to go home again.

17. Tourina - for women traveling alone who would rather not travel alone

Are you female and looking for nice, serious travel partners? Then you should definitely take a look at the Tourina app for iOS and Android. Every registration with the app is carefully checked so that the app can offer a secure and reputable platform for finding suitable female travel companions. Simply enter your destination and travel date to search, and potential fellow travelers will be displayed. If you like someone, you can contact them directly and discuss everything else.

If the thing with the travel companion doesn't work out, you can simply get inspiration here: Vacation alone: ​​The top 5 destinations for solo travelers

18. Netflix - series enjoyment also offline

We hardly need to explain what Netflix is ​​about, nor why the app should definitely not be missing on your smartphone, especially when traveling with stopovers or longer stays. Did you know, however, that you don't need an active internet connection for some of the Netflix services? You can download many of the films and series directly to your iPhone or Android phone and then watch them in peace and quiet without a Wi-Fi connection on the plane, at the airport or in an internet-less hotel room. Entertainment during your trip is guaranteed in any case - at least as long as you don't run out of storage space on your smartphone.

19. Canva - Create and edit graphics and photos online

Are you looking for inspiration for new designs for your CV, infographics or content for your social media channels? Canva makes every heart beat faster, whether it's a designer or a beginner. It combines the possibility of editing images, creating infographics and even design tutorials are offered. Best of all, unlike expensive photo editors, Canva is free! In addition, Canva does not need to be installed on the computer, as all graphics and images are processed directly in the browser. This not only saves space on the hard drive, but also protects your designs if your PC or mobile phone should crash. Layouts and design templates can be exchanged very easily via drag-and-drop and image adjustment elements are integrated intuitively, which simplifies and facilitates use. Would you like to work hard on your designs while on the move? No problem, because Canva is also available as a handy app!

20. Skyscanner flights and travel app - the perfect partner for planning your next trip

Finally, of course, our own travel app should not be missing from this list - not only because it says Skyscanner, but above all because we are honestly convinced that it is the best travel app that one can only wish for when booking and planning a vacation. With the Skyscanner travel app, you can not only find and book the cheapest flights, hotels and rental cars in the blink of an eye, but also share your travel planning with friends and family, set up price reports for your favorite routes, and your travel documents and bonus cards directly and securely in the app in order to be able to fall back on them at any time, be inspired for your next trips, create wish lists for your dream trips, and and and. The best thing to do is take a look at the app yourself - after all, it's also completely free.

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