I am a huge fan of an app called CityMaps2go. You are able to download specific maps (whole countries or just regional parts of it), which allows you to use them offline. Additionally, you can create various lists where you add all your favorite spots (sightseeing, restaurants, stores etc.), which then will be shown on the map. I personally, add things to my lists on a weekly basis. For example, if some YouTuber/Blogger/Instagramer I follow mentions a cool restaurant, I’ll quickly add it to my list, so if I decide to visit the country/place I already have some recommendations saved.
Citymapper is another great app to get around. It’s the most comprehensive app I have used when it comes to planning your journey. It’s great for cities such as London, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong and Singapore (there are more on the app).
∇ XE Currency
This app is super useful if you just can’t get your head around these currency conversions. XE Currency helps you converting every world currency even offline, as it saves the last updated rates.
∇ Google Translator
Reading street signs or the menu when travelling isn’t always easy. Google translator is a great app for translating and it can even read for you. Just hold up your camera to the text you want to have translated and the app will do so for you! It doesn’t get any easier than that, does it?
I’m sure you all know of Airbnb by now, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. I love this plattform because compared to a hotel, it is much more personal. Since my friend told me about Airbnb back in 2014 I have used it on every single trip.
Hopper helps you finding the best deal when it comes to flights. Simply download the app and enter your desired destination. Hopper will tell you when to book your flight, which means that you’ll get the best possible price. It’s easy and you’ll receive push notifications, so you don’t have to check in every day yourself.
Another option is to stay in a hostel. I personally think that when you are travelling solo this is the best thing to do as you get to know new people and avoid loneliness (if you don’t aim for it). Hostelworld is great because the app summons up all the hostels of all the countries. It’s easy to handle and you get great deals.
∇ Uber & Lyft
Both apps Uber & Lyft are super pracitcal when you want to get around without using public transportation. Just sign up and catch a ride to the previously set location. You will know how much you spend on the route and pay online via the app, so no cash needed.