As a gay traveller who invariably travels alone mostly, I find it imperative to make sure my phone is prepared ready for any trip overseas.
The first and most important aspect is obviously making sure the phone can take an international sim card so you can make calls, send text but most importantly use data when not in wifi areas.
In a future article lets go through some of the sim options, but firstly let’s look at some of the best, newest and most important apps you should have on your phone top make the long awaited journey easier and more memorable.
In the last few years, a slew of apps have gained attention for tackling problems travellers commonly face.
Here are the 9 best apps you should download for your next trip.
1Before you book that flight – Hopper
This app has a Price Prediction function that analyses billions of flights to provide data-driven advice on when you should fly and buy.
It claims to have 95% accuracy in predicting flight prices and will monitor fares 24/7 to alert you when a good deal comes up. Average consumers have seen savings as high as $1,300.
2Finding that elusive wifi hotspot – Wiffinity
This app allows users to find and connect to WiFi locations while travelling, without the worry of roaming charges.
With access to more than 300,000 WiFi hotspots worldwide, the app allows you to search through a GPS feature before connecting you to free WiFi via encrypted passwords.
3To find that hidden gem – Great Little Place
Great Little Place helps you find hidden gems in various cities, based on places recommended by frequent visitors.
Whether you’re in New York, London, Cape Town, San Francisco, Dublin, or Sydney, the app can help you navigate the best restaurants, bars, pubs, and coffee shops that are off the beaten path.
Available on: iOS
4An airport lovers best friend – FLIO
FLIO is your go-to app for airport layovers.
It automatically connect you to free WiFI, keeps you up to date with departure and arrival times, and offers discounts on food, shopping, and airport lounges.
It’s designed to work in every major airport and gives users access to more than 65 global airport lounges with same-day rates.
5Did I hear “Road Trip” – Just Ahead
For those looking to take a road trip in America, consider Just Ahead.
The app turns your smartphone into a GPS tour guide, with audio guides that are written by expert authors and read by professional narrators.
Simply turn it on and it will play automatically, giving you both directions and cool facts about the destination.
6Never walk alone – Companion
7Who needs Google – HERE Maps
HERE Maps gives access to offline maps and navigation in over 100 countries.
Voice-guided driving and walking navigation takes you straight to your destination while a route planner gives you the best options for driving, public transportation, or walking.
It also has real-time traffic information and public transit maps for over 900 cities.
8Going beyond the norm – Indie Guides
Indie Guides is the ideal app for travellers who are looking to go beyond the norm.
These curated city guides, which are offered in destinations across Asia, Europe, and North America, feature the quirky, alternative, and iconic destinations locals love.
The apps are available for individual cities, depending on where you’ll be travelling.
9How do I meet a friend – Grindr
Its not new but for a gay guy travelling the world its still the best way to meet others in their local habitat.
Whether you are just after meets for coffee, tour guides, parties or more Grindr can open your world in any city or town to others.
Some of my best friends from other parts of the world I have met by just turning Grindr on as I arrive.
Don’t underestimate its power.
Cost Free version and paid version.