By Corporate Counsel Men of Color
Any frequent traveler knows that their smartphone is an absolute essential for any trip, whether it's just one town over or halfway around the world. For those who are constantly on-the-go, smartphone apps make it easy to communicate with others and navigate new destinations. There are a variety of apps available that are specifically designed to help make traveling easier and more fun. Here are eight essentials that every nomad should have on their phone for every trip.
Over the past several years, Airbnb has become one of the most popular ways to find lodging around the world. The app has thousands of listings in destinations around the world, ranging from highly affordable rooms in urban apartments to large beach houses or ski cabins for luxury vacations. Airbnb also now allows locals to offer "experiences" to travelers, such as authentic meals, cultural performances and lectures, and outdoor activities.
No matter where you are, safety should always be a major priority when you're exploring a new city. GeoSure compiles data from a variety of different trusted sources to inform you of health and safety threats as you're on the go. You can also help make the app better for other travelers by reporting on the safety conditions in your area.
3. Hotel Tonight
For those who like to travel spontaneously, this app allows you to find discounts on high-quality lodging options at the last minute. They work with hotels around the world to provide deep discounts on rooms that would otherwise just sit empty for the night, so you get to enjoy a comfortable stay on a budget. The hotel options are easy to scroll through and quick to book, taking the stress out of the process.
Packing is often one of the most stressful parts of traveling because it's so easy to forget something important. PackPoint makes it easy and quick to prepare for your trip, so you can spend your time focusing on other things. You provide the app with some information about your destination and the type of trip you are going on, and it auto-generates a packing list for you to follow.
5. Like A Local
Once you've made it to your destination, you'll want to visit the best the city has to offer. Like A Local is a pocket guidebook that provides extensive information on more than 60 cities around the world. You can also use the app to book tours of your destination, and you can chat with area locals to get tips. It also allows you to access the city guides offline, which can help you save money on cellphone data when traveling internationally.
Flight prices change constantly, making it difficult to shop frugally when planning your trip. Hopper tells you when the best time to purchase flights are for your upcoming trip, and you can easily book flights through the app. They also have many different airlines from around the world listed, so you won't have to spend time bouncing back and forth between websites.
This app kills two birds with one stone by helping you navigate your new destination while also giving you travel recommendations. Sidekix plans your route from place to place so that you'll see the most interesting spots in the city, allowing you to maximize your time there. You can also use the app to find highly rated local places to eat, drink, and shop.
Turo is marketing itself as an Airbnb for car rentals, and it's a must-have for anyone who drives
while traveling. Turo is currently available in the US, Canada, and Europe, and it allows you to rent cars directly from their owners instead of going through an agency. You can search by the exact type of car you want, giving you more flexibility and freedom while you're on the go. Turo pricing is also much more reasonable than chain rental car companies - often hundreds of dollars less for similar vehicles.
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