6 Travel Apps You Need to Download Before Your Next Trip

A woman scrolling through travel apps on her smartphone.

You probably know by now I have a bunch of little tips and tricks for every type of travel—whether it’s a casual weekend away, a long tour of Europe, or the all-important business trip. But even as a savvy traveler, sometimes technology can save my butt—thank you apps!

Since I can’t be with you on your next trip, guiding you through the perfect vacation, I thought I’d put together a list of my MUST-HAVE travel apps you should already have on your phone. These apps will make your next trip easier than ever, and help you with the little things.

1. Google Translate

A screenshot of the Google Trasnlate app in action.

Ok, so maybe this one is obvious, but this app is a lifesaver! When you’re struggling to order a glass of wine in Mexico, pull out Google Translate and you’ll be back in the game. I can tell you how many times I needed to say something in a foreign language, or communicate with staff, and all I had to do was pull out my phone, type my message into Google Translate and get things done.

2. Wifi Map

A screenshot of the WiFi Map app in action.

You shouldn’t be checking your phone on vacation! But I know, you’re dying to share those pics from your Insta-worthy vacation. Sometimes we all need that dose of social media, and for that we need to have reliable internet. Wifi Map will help you find wifi sources in whatever country you’re in, so you can check your emails or share your pictures. And, for some places where the WiFi is locked, this app will get you the password.

3. Sit or Squat

A screenshot of the Sit or Squat app in action.

If you’ve traveled to a bunch of different countries, you know bathrooms outside of the U.S. can be very different than what we’re used to! Luckily, this app reviews all of the bathrooms near your location and gives you the best options for when you just can’t hold it anymore—let’s be real this app is worth everything.

4. FlightAware

A screenshot of the FlightAware app in action.

While downloading your specific airlines app helps you with early check-in and taking a look at all those frequent flier mile you’re racking up, FlightAware offers ANY flight’s information in real time. Even friends and family members can track your flight to know when you arrive safely! This app is great to have even when you’re not traveling so you know exactly when you need to be at the airport to pick up your loved ones from their trips.

5. Duolingo

A screenshot of the Duolingo website.

Although Google Translate is a great option, why not actually learn a few key phrases in the language of the country you’re visiting before you arrive? This free app allows you to learn a language quickly and efficiently. Trust me, people are much more willing to hook you up with extra food and drinks or barter with you in a market if you’re able to say something in their language.

6. Packpoint

A screenshot of the Packpoint mobile app in action.

We all know packing is the worst part of preparing for any vacation—ok, let’s be real, I LOVE packing, but it’s definitely the most stressful. Luckily, there’s an app for that! Just plug in your destination, the dates you will be there and activities that you will be doing, and it creates an entire packing list of everything you will need. Packing just got so much easier!

Note: I’ve mentioned before how important a packing list is for efficient travel—it will help you avoid over packing and bringing more stuff than you need.

At the end of the day you can kill it with the planning, and put together the PERFECT itinerary, but there’s no shame in looking for a little extra help. These apps help you with the little things to make your trip even better!