Our Essential Travel Apps

Four months of full-time travel in SEA and these are the apps that have been making our life easier:

  • Trail Wallet – this is an expense and budget tracker which we use every day. It was created by digital nomads so it suits our needs perfectly.
  • Evernote – I use this to make our pack lists, to-do lists, sightseeing lists, shopping lists, and to keep research notes on our destinations.
  • TripIt – this is brilliant for tracking a self-booked itinerary if you’re a DIYer like me and don’t use travel agents.
  • Rome2Rio – we use this to work out how to get from Point A to Point B. It will list air travel and land travel options and rough expense and time-frame for each. I have this as an app on my iPhone but I also use their website.
  • Skyscanner – after checking Rome2Rio if air would be the best option, we use Skyscanner to find the best airfare.
  • Grab & Uber – we use these as a cheaper alternative to taxis. As a family of 5 it’s often the cheapest way to get around, especially if they have a deal on sometimes our ride is free. We often find Grab cheaper and more reliable than Uber in Asia, but use both.
  • AirBnB – even though they are in my bad books after a poor experience in Kuala Lumpur I sometimes have a look to see if there is a good deal. But right now, we’re happy with a Thai guesthouse we found on Agoda…
  • Agoda – this is my go-to for accommodation in Asia, they sometimes come out cheaper than AirBnB listings (without the extra hassle!).
  • Google Maps – I think this is fairly self-explanatory πŸ˜‰
  • Google Translate – this can be such a lifesaver sometimes! Especially with non-Latin script and the camera function – it will translate it on the screen for you. It’s not perfect, but it gives you the gist enough to get by.
  • xe Currency – currency converter app

A couple of my personal favourites are:

  • App In The AirΒ – it markets itself as a flight assistant which is a handy feature, but I like that it tracks my flight record (where I’ve flown to, in which planes, how far, etc).
  • Polarsteps – another travel tracker. This works in the background and tracks everywhere I visit, not just airports.

Honourable mentions:

  • WikiCamps – this was essential when we caravanned throughout Australia (2013-2017).
  • Vayable – a share-economy style set up for tours. I’d probably use this if I was travelling alone or as a couple.
  • EatWithMe – same as above but where you dine with locals.
  • Couchsurfing – this would be a good alternative to AirBnB as a single or a couple.

If you have a travel app or website that you have found useful on your travels, tell us about it!

6 thoughts on “Our Essential Travel Apps”

  1. super interesting. We are big fans of Uber – i didnt realize airbnb had an app. The plane one is interesting… just fun to keep track of what type of plane you have traveled on?

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    1. Yeah App in the Air tracks all kind of stuff! Which planes, but also which airports, how far I’ve travelled/how many hours, which airlines, and keeps track of my loyalty program points. It gives me notices if my gate has changed as well. It’s not essential, but it’s nifty πŸ™‚


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