Gone are the travel days when we used to rely on physical maps, pen/paper for note-taking, and books for the places to visit. A software solution replaces everything. Your vacation days can turn in a cumbersome experience if not planned properly. As you may expect, both Android and iOS offer several travel planning solutions. We are talking about apps for maps and direction, to-dos, budget planner, translator, and more.
In this post, we will talk about the top seven apps for travel planning. We will categorize the list and suggest GT recommendation as well as an alternative to it. Let’s start.
1. Map Solution
Google Maps, the crown jewel of maps, is the must-have app on your home screen. Google is adding more stuff at a brisk pace and widening the gap between them and rivals.
The service lets you discover nearby places, attractions, restaurants, ATMs, fuel pumps, and more.
With the newly added AR functionality, you can point the device to the street, and it will show you the live information through augmented reality.
Did I tell you it is one of the most accurate map service out there? Overall, Google Maps can be the ultimate digital guide on any trip.
While there are many great third-party alternatives on both stores, Spendee gains a lead for a couple of reasons.
First, it can be your ultimate finance tracker. The app lets you create unlimited wallets, add expenses, view stats, and more.
Secondly, the biggest add-ons are banking connection and sharing functionality. You can link local banks to the app and the service will automatically make a wallet out of it to update transactions accordingly. It’s a neat way to organize every detail of your finances on a single page.
Another function is wallet sharing. You can create a trip wallet and share it with other members. Everyone can chime-in with expenses and have a clean look at all the money.
Google Translate is the gold standard in converting languages. It’s essential if you are visiting places that speak and have other languages that you might not know.
The interface is quite simple. Google has tried to integrate translate function in the search app, keyboard app, but nothing beats the native experience.
Based on your location, the app recognize the local language and your native language. It will show the suggestion for conversion.
You can see the power of Google’s smart algorithms here. You can use it to translate language from billboards with a built-in camera. Also, it can detect sloppy hand-written words, and the microphone can translate the language in real-time too.
One can also download the offline dictionary of any language before visiting the country.
As you may know, Notion is the ultimate all-in-one app built around modular productivity. Before visiting any place, you can create the ultimate trip plan on Notion pages.
I would recommend you to start the journey with a Notion template called Trip planner. You can add date, places, attractions to visit, and more.
The template also lets you integrate maps and add further details such as contacts and hotel details below it. You can share that page with other travelers and ask them to add their findings/booking details as well.
Oh, and it also offers to-do functionality with reminder add-on. You are covered with that detail as well.
During a trip, you never know when you will need to access a bunch of personal documents. It can be your passport, visa, itinerary, boarding pass, visiting cards, and more.
Microsoft’s Office Lens is an excellent tool for scanning those documents using your phone's built-in camera. You can convert them to PDF and export the files to gallery or OneDrive. The app will automatically detect whether you are scanning a visiting card, whiteboard, or any image.
The edge detection around the image corner is spot on. The app adds no watermark or unnecessary tags. It’s available for both Android and iOS.
You are going to click lots of pictures on travel days. And you need a reliable photo backup service to store the pictures safely.
Google Photos does an excellent job here. First, it’s free, and second Google’s automated suggestions will make the process even better for you.
The AI service can make suitable changes to the photos, and it can also create videos with animations and background music.
The best part is, one can create a group and share all their photos in one place. It may seem similar to a tradition cloud storage, but the implementation is way powerful and convenient for a gallery app.
Maintaining a journal is one of the best ways to record and cherish those special moments forever. For those noting down every moment of the travel days, the app named Journey is the perfect way to capture every detail in words and images.
The app offers a neat interface with calendar integration. You can view the data entry of a given day. It will let you add location details, weather details, attach images, and note down memory with words.
You can also connect the app to Wordpress or Medium and share the experience right from the app.
The app also offers different stats view, location details, and motivates you to jot down the thoughts.
The above list will help you plan and experience the travel journey with a stress-free and joyful mind. Use all the suggestions or their alternatives, and enjoy a fabulous vacation with family and friends.
Next up: We also have a custom list of finance apps designed for tracking travel expenses. Read the post below to know more about them in detail.