19 must-have travel apps

GPS ? Weather? Restaurants? There’s no need to pack your suitcases full of directories – these useful applications will make your trip a whole lot easier!

A trip of any kind needs to be planned, prepared and organized, and more often than not, leaves little room for improvisation. With the rise of new technologies and the recent development of applications for smartphones and tablets, it has become just as important as packing suitcases and bags, to equip your phone with useful mobile applications that will make life easier during the trip. Which applications are useful? For what purpose? Here’s our roundup of the must-have apps for your travels.

Managing your budget

  • Tricount
Application Tricount

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Android | iOS

It’s well known that good accounts make good friends. True to the adage, the Tricount application specializes in budget management for trips with friends. All payments associated with a trip are listed in the tool, as are the participants (maximum 30 people). Tricount makes it easy to keep track of who has paid for what, who has to reimburse whom, who has overpaid, etc. In short, with Tricount, you’re on the right track!

  • Wallet
Application Wallet

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Android | iOS

On vacation, if there’s one resolution you never keep to the penny, it’s to stick to your budget. To do this, the Wallet application takes on the role of accountant, allowing you to monitor your overall budget in real time. For your part, all you have to do is indicate the initial amount earmarked for your vacation and set up spending categories (accommodation, food, outings, etc.). Simple and easy to use, Wallet even synchronizes with your current account!

  • Easy Currency
Application Easy Currency

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Android | iOS

As the master of currencies that it is, Easy Currency is one of the leading travel apps on the market: simply create your personal list of currencies and the app will give you the exchange rate. The best part? Easy Currency doesn’t need the Internet to work.

Find a flight

  • Kiwi
Application Kiwi

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Android | iOS

Small in name, greedy in performance, Kiwi is THE benchmark in online flight comparison. With 18 billion combinations and no fewer than 700 airlines to its credit, the application offers you the best deal for an unbeatable fare. Its added bonus: unique flight connections, the secret of Kiwi.

Getting organized

  • CheckMyTrip
Application Check my Trip

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Android | iOS

Regular travel requires meticulous organization. Whether you’re a businessman/woman or an inveterate globetrotter, CheckMyTrip is the ideal travel manager. Its role? Bring them together in detail (flight, hotel, rentals), using the various planning tools, on a single application. A sort of all-inclusive travel calendar! Not least, CheckMyTrip alerts you in the event of flight delays, cancellations or changes.

Finding accommodation

  • Booking
Application Booking

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Android | iOS

It needs no introduction. Voted best hotel reservation site with over 260,000 hotels worldwide, Booking is one of the essential applications for travelling in style. The principle is simple: enter your destination and Booking will propose a selection of accommodation (apartments, hotels, vacation homes, etc.) at the best price.

  • Airbnb
Application Airbnb

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Android | iOS

Here too, the name Airbnb is enough to speak to the world. A pioneer in community vacation rentals, the site has become a must-have when it comes to accommodation. By downloading the application, you can find accommodation « just like home », whatever your tastes and colors. in just a few clicks, wherever you are.

  • Couchsurfing
Application Couchsurfing

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Android | iOS

Based on the community aspect, Couchsurfing offers you a fully-fledged accommodation experience. The application lets you find a place to stay with a local for a few hours of socializing. Off the beaten track, Couchsurfing stands out for its values of sharing and conviviality. And with good reason: you stay for free with the locals in exchange for simple reciprocity!

  • Hostelworld
Application Hostelworld

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Android | iOS

Looking for a hostel? Hostelworld is the ideal application for finding accommodation during your trip. Community-based above all else, Hostelworld stands out for its 36,000 properties in 170 different countries. Its motto is « Meet the World!

Getting around

  • Uber
Application Uber

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Android | iOS

Don’t feel like paying for a cab, taking public transport or moving your vehicle? Uber is waiting for you! With the app, you can order a driver in just a few minutes, 24/7. All you have to do is enter your address and choose a driver from those available nearby. You can also follow the driver’s progress on a map. As for payment, it’s activated as soon as your journey has been validated by the driver. Simple and efficient.

  • Blablacar
Application Blablacar

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Android | iOS

Blablacar, the pioneer of car-sharing, lets you travel while sharing costs. The principle couldn’t be simpler: search for a journey according to your desired date, choose the person you’d like to travel with and that’s it. If you travel with your own vehicle, why not offer your journey as a driver? Simply register on the application and publish your journey. All you have to do is choose who you’d like to travel with!

Finding your way

  • Maps.me
Application Maps me

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Android | iOS

Renowned as THE reference map, Maps.me works exclusively with GPS: with the application, there’s no need for a connection. Whether you’re lost in the middle of a forest or in the middle of the mountains, the tool works without Internet and promises you’ll always know where you are. So don’t panic, you can explore to your heart’s content!

  • Citymapper
Application Citymapper

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Android | iOS

Whether on trains, streetcars or intercity buses, Citymapper will make public transport in major cities a breeze. This world-famous application is available in both English and French, on Android and iOS. It provides users with information on public transport in a host of cities, from France to the USA and the UK.

Discover

  • Mapstr
Application Mapstr

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Android | iOS

How about building your own map of the world? Mapstr is a real gem, allowing you to list your favorite addresses and classify them by tag. To help you prepare for your trip, the application lets you consult other maps (friends, influencers…) to find new addresses to try out! Plus: Mapstr works anytime, anywhere, even without Internet.

  • iziTRAVEL
Application iziTRAVEL

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Android | iOS

A guide in its own right, iziTRAVEL lets you put on your headphones and let yourself be carried away by its tours. Like a guidebook, iziTRAVEL takes you on an audio tour of the world’s most beautiful museums, as well as audio tours of over 900 cities worldwide. Almost all the tours are free of charge and offered in French. For the best possible experience, remember to download the guide before you set off: once downloaded, it doesn’t need a connection to run.

Communicating, exchanging

  • Google translation
Application Google Traduction

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Android | iOS

It’s impossible to get around, walk around, eat, rent a car or discuss the terms of an accommodation without being able to speak in the other person’s language. To help you with this problem, your best friend will be Google Translate. On a trip to Turkey a few weeks ago, lost in the alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Google’s application came in very handy. How did we do it? We typed the text in the application’s text box in our language (French), then launched the translation. Once the translation was complete, we triggered the reading of the text in the language of our interlocutor, who did the same to answer us in French.

  • Travello
Application Travello

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Android | iOS

A social network for globetrotters par excellence, Travello is an indispensable application for exchanging ideas all over the world. Whatever your destination, the TravelloApp community of travelers is there to answer your questions, offer advice, recommendations and even tips. From the experienced to the budding traveler, the app is packed with profiles of people with one and the same passion: the whole world.

  • WhatsApp
Application Whatsapp

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Android | iOS

WhatsApp is a free messaging service that has made a name for itself on the road. The application works just like your phone, with one difference: it uses the Internet. So, once you’re connected to a Wifi hotspot, you can send messages, photos/videos, voice messages and even make calls without worrying about going off-plan.

Staying connected

  • WifiMap
Application Wifimap

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Android | iOS

These days, an Internet connection is an essential part of any trip, even if the aim is to… disconnect. However, it’s a fact: the Internet is still very useful for a wide range of situations. If you don’t have a local data plan, you can help yourself to WiFi Map. The application allows you to locate wireless hotspots with free Internet access around you, in real time.