There is nothing more exhilarating than going abroad with just a backpack and improvising your travel from day to day. But not all of us have the courage to be that adventurous, and usually we plan trips out at least a bit to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Our smartphones can give our planning a boost thanks to numerous apps specially designed for travelers and tourists. Here are the best travel apps for Android.
Best for air travel: Skyscanner
If you want to go a long distance, flying is the best way to go. Skyscanner is the best app for flights. You can look at the dates of the flights directly from your smartphone. You can choose your destination and find the lowest-cost airline and book flights with no fees.
Best for Eurorail: Voyages SNCF
If you are taking a trip to Europe, taking the train is a great way to get around. You can see a lot of the continent on the rails and the prices for tickets are reasonable. Voyages SNCF provides you with quick information on prices, dates and times for trains in many countries in Europe.
Best for carpooling: BlaBlaCar
You might be aware that the cost (and comfort) of public transportation might be inadequate, but fortunately there are a few alternatives. Car pooling is expanding and there are many apps that facilitate this, but BlaBlaCar is the best one out there. You can jump in with someone else driving to the destination you want to go to at a fee to the car owner.
Best for car navigation: Waze
Of course, you can travel with your own car. This allows you to carry more things than taking a plane, train or someone else's vehicle. The downside is that the success of the trip depends partly on your navigation skills. If you know the road well, it will not be a problem but if you are traveling to Santa Fe for the first time, you could have some navigational issues. Fortunately, there are many GPS applications to help you to your destinations. Waze is one of the most popular navigation apps on Android.
Best for accommodation: Airbnb
So you have solved the problem of transportation, and you have your dates set. Now there's just the question of accommodation: where will you be staying? Again, Android can help. Of course you could find a hotel via Google Maps or, if you are in a bigger city, book a hotel directly. Another option is to go through Airbnb. If you're unlucky, you could have some surprises but overall it is a good system.
Best for tracking the weather: The Weather Channel
So you've arrived successfully at your destination and are settled in adequate accommodation. Starting tomorrow, the vacation can begin. It's better to think about the weather before you plan any activity because the weather can change quickly. Many Android phones have weather apps pre-installed. Of course, you can install another application if your pre-installed weather app does not suit you. The Weather Channel app is one of the most popular.
Best for choosing restaurants: Yelp
If you go somewhere, there's a good chance you'll find the standard chain restaurants. But what if you want to venture outside of the norm and try some local cuisine - but how do you avoid having a bad experience? Luckily, there are apps out there that can tell you what other travelers thought about particular restaurants. Yelp gives you ratings on how popular a restaurant is, the people who went there and what they thought of the establishment. Of course, what's true for some might not be true for others, but it allows you to get an idea.
What travel apps do you use? Let us know in the comments.