Having a hard time planting roots? Would you rather be traveling the globe, exploring new cuisines and cultures? If so, then this post is for you! The nomadic lifestyle is making a come back and it’s easier now than ever. Thanks to technology, it’s easier to find deals, streamline booking, convert money, and plan itineraries. We’ve created this list of 11 of the best apps and/or websites for the globetrotting traveler to help you make the most of your nomadic lifestyle. You may not need them all, but you’ll definitely want to get a few of these before your next adventure!
This multi-award-winning flight app searches millions of flights from hundreds of airlines in seconds, saving you time and money. You can also compare millions of rooms from hotels, all inclusive resorts and b&bs around the world. Browse accommodations near key landmarks with the map view, read the reviews and get the best deals. There’s also exclusive new Apple Watch functionality. Download the free app now and join over 35 million happy Skyscanner travelers.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Trusted Housesitters connects home and pet owners who need a sitter, when going away, with trustworthy people who are happy to sit for FREE.
Read reviews, compare prices, book your perfect trip with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Browse over 225 million candid reviews, opinions, and photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more – all by travelers like you. You’ll also find low airfares, free travel guides, worldwide vacation rental listings, popular forums with advice about virtually every destination, and more. No wonder so many travelers make TripAdvisor their first stop before every trip.
Convert every currency on-the-go with the XE Currency App for iPhone or Android. It offers live proprietary exchange rates and historical charts. Plus, it stores the last updated rates so it even works when the Internet doesn’t. With over 25 million downloads, XE Currency is the most downloaded foreign exchange app. It has appeared as an app of the week on iTunes and has been featured by the BBC, the LA Times, CNN, and The Travel Channel!
KAYAK is a global tech company focused on making online travel better. This tool searches the other travel sites, from online travel agencies to airlines, hotel and rental car websites and shows you all the information you need to make the best travel decisions. KAYAK is available in over 30 countries and 18 languages. Each year they process over one billion queries for travel information, and the free mobile app has been downloaded over 40 million times.
TripIt is the travel organizing app that automagically creates a master itinerary for every trip so you can access all your travel plans, anytime, on any device. Once you’ve made your travel bookings, you simply forward your flight, hotel, car rental, and other travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s automagical!
SpeechTrans is the world’s most advanced speech-to-speech translator. By incorporating the latest Speech-2-Speech (S2S) Translation Software, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Language Translation, and Text-To-Speech (TTS), SpeechTrans enables users to have a complete conversation with anyone in the world speaking any language. It’s available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and just about anywhere else you can use apps.
Jetsetter provides insider deals, unique experiences, and thoughtful insights to its members, allowing them to book with ease and confidence wherever and whenever they choose.
GasBuddy.com is a group of local websites which offers an online method for website visitors to post and view recent retail gasoline prices. This free tool is available on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.
Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend great dishes and see what others recommend wherever you go.
This list of travel apps and websites is by no means extensive. There are dozens (maybe hundreds) of other resources out there for the globetrotting traveler. Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below!
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