My top 10 apps for solo travelling (Part I)

Apps play an important role in our modern life, especially for travelling. It makes things easier!

Hello everyone! Sorry that I haven’t updated my blog for a while. I have been busy travelling!

Ok as promised, I have listed the 10 apps I use prior and during my travels which I decide to separate into two blog posts. I will not include the social media apps as those are personal preference.

15 Years ago, I would have to travel with this kind of map. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it!
  • Google Maps

I don’t know how I will survive the solo travelling without Google Maps. The app is a real-life saver. I remember more than ten years ago I did a roadtrip with a friend and we still used the printed guidebook, printed map and relying on the road sign! Now you just enter your destination and the app will tell you your transportation options, the distance and the time it will take.

If you want to take public transportation, it tells you which mode of public transportation, bus number, metro direction, the departure time and the next one. If you decide to go on foot, it works just fine too.

Pro: Easy to use, smart, reliable, accurate

Con: You need a decent Internet in your mobile phone, it consumes a lot of battery if you use it all the time.

  • Omio – Formerly Go Euro (For travelling in Europe)

I love this app and told some of my European to use it. It is a meta search app dedicated to travelling in Europe.  You simply enter your origin, destination and travelling dates, the it will show you options of transportation which include trains, buses and planes as well as estimated price. You can easily book the ticket on the app.

I use this app a lot to search for trains and book the ticket. You can use e-ticket which it is in the app to present it to the train staff.

www.omio.com

Sipping coffee on the balcony of my AirBnb in Rome, really feel like home
  • AirBnb

I love AirBnb! I use it a lot especially if my stay lasts more than few days. When you travel around, pack, unpack, sometimes it feels nice to have a homey feels staying in a home or even sharing the apartment with a local. You can cook, prepare a meal, do laundry and just have your own privacy and feel like home.

www.airbnb.com

  • Hotel Booking apps – Booking.com/ Agoda.com

If you prefer to stay in hotel, guest house or hostel, these two OTAs (online travel agents) are my top two. Sometimes you get special discount or privilege like free breakfast or free upgrade from your member status.

I usually use these two apps when I look for a hotel to stay for few days or arrive late or have a flight late. Why? Because most hotels allow check in 24 hours or late without extra charge, and you can also leave your luggage for free there while exploring the city waiting for your flight or train.

For this reason, AirBnb may not be ideal if you have such travel conditions.

www.booking.com

www.agoda.com

  • Skyscanner

I use this app to find the beast deal for flights. It is a meta search app for flights. Alternatively, you can use Google Flights as well. However I find this app super easy to use.

They also have an option called Explore, for those who have the dates but do not know where to go yet. I love it! You just pick the cheapest destination at that specific time and voila, fly!

www.skyscanner.com

Ok, the next 5 apps will follow in the next blog post, until then! Ciao!

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