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Want to hold the world in the palm of your hand? Dedicated travel geek and TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo suggests 10 smartphone apps for that, all of which will help you stay organized, thrifty, informed and fed on your travels around the globe.
Once you’re on the road, it can be challenge to figure out exactly where you are, where to go, and how to get there without missing out on any cool places or things to see and do along the way. With PocketEarth, you’ll be able to find your way with detailed worldwide maps that are ready to use offline at the click of a button, allowing you to preserve your precious mobile phone data. There are also a variety of destination-based travel guides included in this app that you might find useful.
Available for: iOS
Ever struggle to figure out what to pack on your next trip? With PackPoint, you’ll be able to relax and just pack what you’re told to pack. The app shows you what to bring based on the length of your trip, the weather in your destination, and any activities you’re planning along the way. If you’ll have access to laundry facilities in your destination, PackPoint even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times. Just download and install the app, type in the city you’re visiting, and plug in your travel dates. Don’t wait until the day before your trip—start packing now!
Ever found it difficult to convert how much your dollar’s worth in a foreign currency while traveling abroad? The XE Currency app quickly provides live, up-to-the-minute currency rates, then allows you to store and view them even when you’re offline. No need to ever wonder again if you’re really getting a good deal in another country.
No matter where you travel in the world, trying to keep track of how much you spend every week—let alone every day—can be a real pain. Fortunately, the Trail Wallet app enables you to easily track your travel expenses and get back to enjoying your trip. You have the choice of tracking by trip or month, as well as the options of setting a daily budget and adding your expenses on the fly. One of the cooler features of this app is that it notifies you when you go over your pre-set budget and breaks down how much you’re spending by category (e.g., Entertainment, Transportation, Food, etc.).
Available for: iOS
If you love to post travel and trip photos and don’t mind losing yourself for a few hours by looking at picture after picture after picture, you’ll love Trover. This app was created with bucket-list travelers in mind by bringing the world to you through the eyes of other travelers near and far. All photos are geo-tagged, allowing you to not only see the region of the world in which it was taken but also its actual location—so you can go find it for yourself. Much like Facebook and Twitter, you’ll have your own personal newsfeed which will showcase all of the top sights and things to see and do around you based on your current location.
The next-generation app for all you stargazers out there, Star Walk 2 is the upgraded version of the best-selling, award-winning Star Walk. Star Walk 2 enables you to simply point your smartphone or iPad up towards the sky, and you’ll be instantly shown the positions of the stars, planets, constellations, comets, satellites, and just about everything else that’s floating out there in deep space. With a brand new interface for retina displays, beautiful 3D models of celestial bodies and real-time motion tracking, this app is an absolute dream for the wannabe astronomers in all of us.
This one is for the foodies out there! With TruxMap you’ll get a map listing gourmet food trucks in 34 different US cities as well as two Canadian cities. Even better? You can check out a live stream of where the food trucks are currently so you’ll be able to track them down with ease. What makes this app even cooler is that you have accesss to menus, photos of the food, directions and reviews for each food truck. After you’ve eaten at the food truck, make sure to write a review and post some pictures of your food!
Available for: iOS
Available in 22 countries, Zomato makes it easy to discover new places to dine. Its restaurant listings provide in-depth reviews, entire menus, photos of the decor and dishes, and the typical cost for a meal for two people. In order to further filter your search results, you can choose whether you’re interested in dine-in, delivery or takeaway. You can also quickly and easily bookmark the restaurants you want to visit in the future, in the US, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, India, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey and more.
Currently listing more than 100 cities and growing by the day, this happy little app displays all of the food and drink specials available around you—right now. Happy Hours’ comprehensive listings include photos of restaurants and their food, reviews, as well as menus, locations, etc., providing a quick, informative way to find the best happy hour deals in town.
With Musement, you won’t have to worry about booking a tour or having a travel experience that you’ll regret. All of the activities and experiences listed on the app have been handpicked by a Musement team of experts who specialize in finding the best guided tours, attractions, museums, and city passes in destinations across the globe with a wide variety of options for every budget.
Special offer for TPG readers: When booking tours/experiences though the Museument app, use the one-time discount code POINTSGUY to receive a $15 discount on a minimum spend of $60.