“You are in love with the idea that as long as you are alive the possibilities are endless” – Original

For me, preparing and researching places and attractions is mandatory to keep on going when being stuck in my home town. These apps help me either daily in life whether or not I’m traveling or staying put.

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✯ 𝘽𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙨

These apps you already know everything about, which is why I’m having them under the same title. But just because they are well known and ordinary does not mean they aren’t life savers while on the road.

“All you need to know is that it’s possible.” – Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker

Google Translate
× I use this all the time when writing, I am really bad at spelling in my second language (English), so this is a really good app to use when writing with a local. If you forgot what a word is called in another language, google got your back. It’s also really good to use when learning a language, I used it a lot when studying Spanish.

Google Maps
× Suprise, google is good. Maps have helped me a lot when going to a different town, or just finding my way to a new building I’ve never been in before.

Any hotel, hostel or flight app
× There are a lot of them out there and it all depends on where you are from. Airbnb is a known one, RyanAir too. Hotels.com? I don’t really have these apps because I like to surf all pages online and not download 300+ apps to see different offers. The only app I have in this category is Flixbus. It is a bus that takes you to different countries in Europe for cheap. Me, living in Sweden, found a bus ticket to Oslo, Norway for 27 USD (24 EUR). Planning my next trip to Oslo now with this next app.

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★ 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙞𝙥

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see it for yourself.” – Unknown

× An app where you can read articles and get tips on whatever town you are interested in. Locals and tourists all over the world get together and write about hidden gems. Create a folder with the place you want to go, save articles in one file and use the other files as well, those being: food & drinks, places to stay and attractions. Find things you never knew existed and save them all in one place. I have used this so much to find every single thing to do in Peru. Having different folders for hostels, food and attractions makes everything so much more easy when planning in the future.

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★ 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨

“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

× This is an easy way to exchange knowledge or chores for a place to stay or food in your belly. Just put in where you want to go, what skills you have, whether they are manual labor, greeting guests, house cleaning, teaching, eco work and many others. Traveling does not have to be expensive. All you need to make it work is time.

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★ 𝘾𝙖𝙡𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙩

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends” – Maya Angelou

× I used an ordinary bank app before finding this. Easy to say that I am never going back. This is an easy app to use when comparing currencies. Choose what your most popular currencies are and you only have to press on the one you are converting from and chose a number and all of them convert to the amount. I usually press in SEK and an amount and then I can immediately see what it is in EUR, USD and NOK. Of course you can put your most used currencies on top so they’re easily found.

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★ 𝘽𝙚𝙚𝙣

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley

× A self-explanatory app. You just write in all the countries you have been to so you can keep track of it all in one place. This seems stupid but I really like it. It can be hard to keep track of countries you visited when you were little, or the ones you just visited for a few days. They are listed in continents and you can choose if you want it to show how many countries you have been in or how much percentage of the world you have explored.

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★ 𝙎𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙖

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.

× Learn where the countries lie in the world. Quizzes about the world map. You can quiz yourself on all the countries in a specific continent, capitals, flags, counties, lakes and more. Last year I almost learned the whole world map but got stuck on the countries of Africa and quit.

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EXTRA

★ 𝙊𝙡𝙞𝙤

“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

× Olio isn’t a travel app, but it’s too precious to keep off this list. It’s an app where people all over the world post food, furniture or other things that they are no longer in need of, most or all things are free. People post the food they are not able to eat, either because it will go bad in a few days, or they bought too much of something. A few months ago when browsing it I found someone giving away a bed for free because he was moving. The only thing was that it needed to be picked up the same day. This app is too pure to ignore.

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