Summer officially starts this week! For some, summer means loading up the station wagon and hitting the road, while others take to the sky to visit faraway destinations. Wherever you are headed this summer, even if you’re staying local, you can learn more about your destination and get the most out of your time away with the help of some cool mobile apps. We’ve tested some travel apps to help you plan, stay safe, and enjoy your vacation.
Travel Apps for Finding Your Adventure
The Outbound is “a website and iOS app dedicated to helping everyday people discover the best outdoor adventures nearby.” All of the content is community sourced and highly curated, providing thousands of the best outdoor adventures from hiking to camping to running to road trips. You can search based on activity to find locations that allow you to backpack or fish or kayak or paddle board. You can create a profile and add your favorite adventures to remember. Download it from Apple’s App Store.
There’s nothing quite like a tip from a local when it comes to finding the best spots in a city you want to explore. Localeur leverages the insights of savvy locals in more than 40 major U.S. cities to provide the lowdown on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and play. It’s a great app for getting a window into the local culture and cuisine of the places you visit. Download it from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
Travel Apps that Make it Easier to Get Around
This app, designed to help people “discover how to get anywhere,” was invaluable for a team member traveling around the east coast this summer. She was looking for the best way to get her family from Philadelphia to New York City. Rome2rio delivered with numerous choices (plane, train, bus, and car) and approximate times for each route. As she stated, “I saved my family a long ride in a slow bus.” Another app that provides this same service is CityMapper. Download Rome2rio from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
Here We Go
Helpful abroad and in many US cities, this app downloads city maps to view offline when you are visiting, allowing you to save on phone charges.1300 city maps across 110 countries are available for download. A team member visiting NYC this summer is eager to use this app to navigate the Big Apple. Another app that provides this same service is MAPS.ME. Download Here We Go from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
If you are traveling abroad, this app is a must have. When we first tried it in the InspiringApps office years ago, we were astonished that we could point our phone at text and see the translation. Google Translate now allows you to write or speak phrases that the app can translate into more than 100 languages. You can also take photos to translate signs and menu options. Download it from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
And while you are speaking in a foreign tongue thanks to Google Translate, you’ll be able to quickly determine prices using the currency exchange app XE Currency. Update exchange rates right before your depart and you’ll have the most accurate information to quickly convert the numbers. Download it from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
Travel Apps to Help You Navigate the Tough Stuff
SAS Survival Guide
If roughing it is your idea of summer fun, then this app may help keep you safe. The app contains hundreds of survival skills including dealing with fire, tackling snake bites, and climate survival. Download it from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
If you plan to swim in the ocean but are nervous about what might be lurking beneath the water, this app is for you. Sharktivity “provides information on White Shark sightings, detections, movements, and research to raise awareness and help people and White Sharks co-exist peacefully.” As one InspiringApps team member stated, “I kind of want to know where the sharks are – before I get in the water.” Agreed. Download it from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
So bad weather might not count as “tough stuff,” but it can certainly make it harder to enjoy a vacation with little ones. Definitely better to know ahead of time if you’ll be applying extra sunscreen or spending your “beach day” in the movie theater due to rain. Look no further than WeatherPRO, an app that features extremely detailed weather reports for 2 million worldwide locations, and 7-day forecasts in 3-hour increments. Download it from Apple’s App Store or get it on Google Play.
If none of these seem right for your summer adventures, there are many more travel apps that can be found by category on Apple’s App store and Google Play. If you become inspired with an app idea while you’re gone, we hope you’ll contact us when you get back!