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20 Essential Apps For International Travel

I have compiled the ultimate list of 20 must-have free apps for international travel. Don’t forget to download these for your next getaway! Whether you need an app for packing, texting, currency conversion, finding a hotel room, navigating to your next location, translations, or photo storage —these apps will surely be your best friend!



1. WhatsApp

Free mobile messenger and calling app that connects to the Internet. So, if you opted to forgo the international data plan – this is a great alternative!

Download here


2. TripIt

Send your confirmation emails to the app and it will create a master itinerary for you including confirmation numbers, dates, times, weather, and maps. Great way to keep everything in one place!

Access when offline

Download here


3. TripAdvisor

Provides hotel and restaurant reviews as well as information on local activities. Super helpful when looking for last minute things to eat and do!

Download iPhone / Andriod


4. Momondo

A search engine that compares flights, hotels, and car rentals to find you the cheapest, quickest, and best search results.

Download here


5. Google Trips

Who doesn’t love Google?! This neat little platform will organize all your travel reservations/information and even give suggestions on things to do in the area. They have pre-made travel itineraries too!

Offers offline access!

Download here


6. HotelTonight

Need last minute hotel accommodations? This app will find them for you and at a discounted rate!


7. HostelWorld

Will help you find hostels in your area across 170 countries! Hostels are great for keeping your travels budget-friendly.

Download here


8. Couchsurfing

Looking for a different way to stay in new places? You can arrange homestays with this app and meet local people offering a place to stay. This can also be used to connect with members in the traveling community!

Download iPhone / Android


9. Airbnb

I have used this app many times as an alternative to a hotel! You can either rent a room or the entire house in the location you are traveling to. The prices are competitive with hotels and I have found Airbnbs to actual be the cheaper option.

Download here


10. Rome2Rio

This service will tell you how to navigate your destination and suggest bookings while estimating prices and travel time.

Offers offline access!

Download iPhone / Android


11. PackPoint

A packing list that is designed to the travelers needs and destination. A great tool to help travelers pack and prepare for that big trip!

Download iPhone / Android

Currency / Budgeting

12. XE Currency

Provides you with the current exchange rate of the country you are traveling in. This app is helpful so you can gage the value of what you are purchasing.

Download iPhone / Andriod


13. Trail Wallet

Excellent for budgeting and helps you track your expenses while you travel.

Download here

Maps / Transportation


Detailed offline maps app! No data, no problem – super convenient if you are trying to get from point A to point B. This app gives Google Maps a run for their money!

Offers offline access!

Download here


15. Here

Here has complete transportation options and navigation to provide you with detailed routes and live updates. Another great addition/alternative to GoogleMaps!

Offers offline access!

Download here


16. GoEuro

More specifically for Europe travel, this will help you buy bus and train transportation a little more easily.

Download here


17. Google Maps

I have personally used this abroad to help me navigate public transportation solo! This was my go-to app to get around and this is a must-have!

Download iPhone / Android


18. Google Translate

Does exactly what it says—translate! Handy when in foreign countries, especially if the only words you know are hi and goodbye (I am guilty of this!).

Download iPhone / Android


19. Duolingo

Need help actually learning the language? This app will aide with that! They have games that make learning interactive and fun. Great way to pass time flying!


20. Google Photos

If you are taking photos with just your smartphone you NEED this app! When you take a photo, the app will automatically back up your photo UNLIMITEDLY. That’s a too good a deal to pass up!

Download here


What’s your favorite travel app? I am always searching for helpful ones to add to my list 🙂



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  • Reply
    June 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the apps. I really want to try the packing app. Will let you know how it works. We leave on the coming Monday for three weeks in Germany and France.

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    January 9, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Travel Spend (red icon) is a great travel budget app. (I use on Android)

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