Organisation. Some love it and others can’t be bothered about it. No matter where you lie on this scale, the apps and websites I am about to recommend are simple enough to use for even the laziest person, yet expansive enough for those who need all their ducks in a row.
I am in no way affiliated with any of these apps or brands. I simply just use them and enjoy them, so I thought I would share the love.
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We have all been there, you have a holiday to book but have no idea where to go. Instagram is so curated nowadays, you can’t tell what’s actually real making it difficult to chose a place. Facebook is now full of random videos and Google is too vague. So where do you go? That’s where these two apps come into play.
Trover is like an Instagram but for travel only, I find it more real and find people are sharing what they have found to actually be helpful to others. It’s main theme is travel so any pictures or information you find on there will be helping your end goal of finding your next holiday.
Skyscanner is my best friend and where I spend a lot of time. It’s started off as a search engine/booking website for flights but has branched out into hotels and car hire. I know you’re asking yourself why would I go on a booking website when I’m trying to find inspiration? Well, they have this really cool feature where you can put in any dates and set your destination as everywhere and it will give you a list of destinations to fly to ranking the destinations by price.
Keeping track of your money while travelling is difficult. If there are two or more of you and you’re each paying for different things, tracking of all those expenses gets complicated. That’s where Splitwise comes into play.
The second money app on the list allows you to get away with banks stealing your money with charges when you use your card abroad.
This app has saved me so many unnecessary arguments and calculations. Seeing as I hate both it’s one of my most used apps. Basically you input what you have spent and you have several options on how to split it, between two or more people. The app then calculates how much each person owes you. If you owe someone else money it will deduct that from the first amount, giving you an accurate and up to date total of who owes who and how much.
Curve is a banking app that connects all your bank accounts and cards in one place. They send you a card in the post, you download the app, connect your bank cards to it and you’re good to go. Think of it as one card to rule them all. When it comes to payment you can open your app and chose which account you want to pay with. However, this app is on this list for another reason – it’s free to use abroad as well as daily. It allows you to avoid all your bank charges, yes the bank might only charge you pennies for each transaction overseas but pennies can turn into pounds very quickly.
This is my favourite section. I love order but I’m the laziest person I know. So anything that makes my life look organised with minimal effort from me is a dream and I end up worshipping it.
These two apps not only fall under planning apps but can give you quite a bit of inspiration too. With countless activities or road trip ideas, it’s easy to get lost down the rabbit hole of suggested itineraries.
This app not only helps you plan your road trip and map it out but has a multitude of options for that road trip. Based on the area you chose it will give you suggestions for landmarks or restaurants, anything really.
They explain it better than I can
“Route from A to B and discover what you love in between. Our powerful route planner includes instant fuel cost estimation and a function to explore places within a set distance from your route”
Inspirock was something I stumbled upon and I am glad I did. This one doesn’t have an app but is a very useful website. It allows you to completely create and itinerary which gives you several options. You can see an overview or go day by day. There are different transport modes and you can slot activities into different times of the day. The one thing I actually find quite annoying but others might find useful is the fact that it suggests things for you to do at your location. You can also book hotels, flights and tours on the website.
They are basically trying to be your one stop shop for your trip and they are almost there with it. I use it mainly for it’s itinerary mapping, you can even email your booking confirmations and it will save and store that for you. Finally it’s a good website for group travel planning as it let’s you share the plan with several people who can all edit it.
These two apps are one in the same thing. I use both – not sure why as they work equally well. They store all your flight, accommodation and car hire booking confirmations and create a trip itinerary for you. Saves you from having to go through all your emails for confirmation numbers or flight references. They are also better at storing booking confirmations than inspirock.
This app is my go to transport app on a daily basis. It helps you map out your route, giving you any available transport routes from trains to jetpacks and even tells you how much the journey will cost.
They cover 39 cities across the world and the maps and routes can be saved offline if you are intending on using it without the internet. It is also one of the few transport apps that don’t drain my battery too badly.
And that’s a wrap. I could go on but we can continue another time. Keep an eye out for part two. Remember as always if you would like to download this post just pop in your email below and not only will you subscribe to my really cool newsletter but a download link will magically appear.
Happy reading but mostly happy exploring