The smartphone has become indispensable in our daily lives. It has changed how we do things in so many different parts in our lives including traveling. As a “digital native” I don’t know what it was like before you could buy local SIM cards at every shop and get internet almost anywhere on the surface of the earth. A smartphone is nice but to make it your ultimate travel guide and buddy you need the right apps. These are my favorite travel apps:
Evernote is my brain. It knows everything. Every note I take, every paper I get in the mail, every receipt goes into Evernote. If I plan a trip all the information about that trip gets thrown into Evernote as well. Hotel confirmations, flight tickets, boarding passes, maps, articles about a great place I need to check out. If you are willing to get a Premium Account you can save all your notes locally on your device and you can access them anywhere even without internet. If you don’t have the money for the premium account right now you can always just win one right here!
From time to time I peek into the TripAdvisor app. I use it mostly to find out about nearby attractions or events. I really like the feature to save places which I use all the time to mark potentially fun places.
Best navigation application if you have a working internet connection. I don’t think Google Maps needs a more detailed description nowadays.
Nice app for offline maps. Although Google Maps supports offline maps on iOS and Android as well, it has failed me before which led me to find out about Maps.me. So far it hasn’t failed me once and has been very helpful around Thailand.
Sweet conversion app. This one converts everything to anything. Nice to convert currencies on the go. Unfortunately for all Android users, this one is only available on iOS. If you know anything similar on Android, let me know in the comments.
This is my translation app of choice when it comes to offline translations. You can download a lot of language packs and store those locally on your phone. The app and website are nothing pretty but it works fast and reliable.
This is not an app that I use a lot but it is a nice little tool to see to how many countries you’ve been to. I have so much more to see…
Last but definitely not least, Cloak. This might be one of the most important applications to have on your phone. If you’re abroad and you don’t have a SIM card you might be hunting for Wi-Fi. Once you found your Wi-Fi you’ll be glad to have Cloak. It will automatically activate itself on unsafe networks and encrypts the data your phone is sending so other people on the network can’t intercept it. It is Mac OS and iOS only but since I only use these operating systems I can’t share my experiences with other services on other platforms.
There are more destination specific apps on my phone that I download just for certain trips like public transportation apps, airline apps etc.
I’m giving away 2 1-year premium accounts for Evernote. With Evernote Premium you get to store your notes offline on your device, upload 10GB of notes every month, search through Office documents directly in Evernote and so much more. But that’s not it. I’m also giving away a one year pass for Cloak so you can stay safe on all public Wi-Fi’s.
For a chance to win you can write a tweet containing what you want to win, leave a comment or follow me on Twitter. Each of these actions will give you 1 point. The more points you have, the higher are your chances to win. The giveaway will run for a week and after that week I’ll randomly pick the winners and contact them via E-Mail. It’s as simple as that. Good luck!
The giveaway is now over and the winners have been contacted.