See new cultures, cities, landscapes, people, ways of life, monuments, celebrations… and not only see them but also feel them and participate in them. To live new experiences, some of them can even change our lives. All of this is made possible by the fact that we travel, something that is very appealing to a large majority of the population. But travelling requires a certain amount of preparation.

Fortunately, new technologies can make it easier for us to move around in different places and solve unexpected problems, thanks, for example, to the appearance of a large number of applications for smartphones born for this purpose. In this article we are going to make a selection of some of the best apps for travelling , which may be useful in several ways.

Top 15 travel apps

There are many needs that we may have when planning a trip or solving unforeseen events that occur during it. For example, we may need to know where to go, ask for transportation, help communicate in an unfamiliar language, find lodging or specific establishments, ask for help, change money or learn to apply first aid.

Fortunately many applications have been developed to meet these needs . In view of this, here are some of the top 15 travel apps.

1. Google Maps

Perhaps this application is one of the most obvious, and most likely most of us have it installed by default on our mobile. However, it is one of the most useful, since it allows us to obtain an image of the area and the streets of the places we are going or visiting and even find updated information on how to go to a certain address whether on foot, by car or by public transport.

2. AroundMe

This is a free application available on Android and iOS, which allows us to locate different types of establishments around us: from hotels to supermarkets.

3. Alpify Safe365

An indispensable application that can be used in case of urgent need of help, especially for children and the elderly. This application allows us to geolocate specific protected telephone numbers (the other user must accept this), to warn us when entering and leaving selected locations and, furthermore, if necessary, it is sufficient to press a button to send an emergency alert to 112. However, coverage and data are required and at the moment this only works in some specific countries.

4. XE Currency

Available in both Android and iOS and free to download (although with an option to purchase within the app), this application is a useful tool that allows us to calculate the value of our currency in other countries . It is a good currency converter.

5. Airbnb

This application is highly known, as a network that allows us to contact the owners of private houses that put in rent their house or a room.

6. Splitwise

A very useful free application for Android and iOS that is very useful when generating groups to divide in equal parts a specific amount , something useful in group trips. It allows us to calculate how much you owe and how much you have paid.

7. Booking

Free application of the hotel search engine of the same name, which can help us find accommodation and make reservations in different places in the world.

8. SAS Survival Guide

Also for Android and iOS, this is a type of application that can help us in situations where survival is at stake. Finding water, lighting fires or navigating using the stars are some of the aspects that this application tries to teach. The application is paid, but the Lite version is free.

9. iTranslate

A useful translation application, free to download on Android and iOS, that allows us to make ourselves understood in more than 90 languages. The PRO version allows you to make voice conversations and use it without being connected.

10. Trazers

Free application that is based on viewing videos left by other users to take a look at the monuments, buildings and sites we want to visit (as long as someone has recorded one and put it in the app).


An application in the form of an audio guide that allows us to walk through different cities while the app explains different aspects of the city and its history on various predefined routes. No connection is required as long as we have pre-loaded the guide we want. The download is free, but there are purchases inside the application.

12. Moovit

This application is very useful to learn how to move around the different cities of the world, indicates and assists us when taking public transport .

13. First Aid-IFRC

Available on Android and of charge, this application offers a useful first aid guide to try to control risky situations and know how to react if necessary.

14. TripAdvisor

Another of the great knowledges, TripAdvisor allows us to value the opinions of users and travellers from different places and establishments , as well as hotels and flights. It also allows you to compare prices. Free on Android and iOS.

15. Flush

It may seem ridiculous, but the truth is that this free application for Android and iOS can save us more than one uncomfortable moment: it is an application to find public toilets in different cities around the globe.