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 😉
- 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 Air – 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.
- 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!