On average, there are more than 2.7 million combined iOS and Android apps released every year—from games and utilities to shopping and travel. And with so many apps appearing in the app stores on a daily basis, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest and greatest when it comes down to those designed for you, the traveler. To help make your next trip even more efficient, we’ve selected the top travel apps you can’t be without in 2020, available for both Android and iOS devices.
Forget Google Maps, Rome2rio is our top pick for a navigation app that’s much more than just a map guide. Aside from providing you with directions from one spot to another, the app also displays a variety of travel options to choose from including accommodation, sites to see, prices of busses, trains or car rentals. All you have to do is enter your to and from destination. Rome2rio allows you to budget out your vacation and get up-to-date departure times so that you can get to your next spot quicker while saving you money. The best part? It’s completely free!
You never know what may happen to your personal items when traveling, especially if it’s your phone, wallet, tablet or laptop. This app can help you retrieve photos, wipe information and lock devices no matter where you (or the device) is in the world in case something happens. The Prey Anti-Theft app will even notify you of the movement of the device if it goes missing.
Suffer from jet lag? The Timeshifter travel app may be just the ticket. The app was created by scientists and is “used by astronauts and elite athletes”—it really works. The customization allows you to easily transition into timezones, regardless if it’s drastic or minimal. Timeshifter will tell you when to avoid caffeine or when to expose yourself to bright light and for how long. The first plan is free and then costs $9.99 (or you can choose the annual plan for $24.99/year).
App In The Air
App in the Air was featured as one of the best apps. It tracks your airline tickets, frequent-flier status and itineraries in addition to providing times for when your flight boards and lands, and the queue for security and passport control. But that’s not all. App in the Air also offers tips from other travelers of the best cafes or dining spots in airports and their opening/closing times. App in the Air released a new AI feature offering ticket and hotel recommendations based on your loyalty status, which you can book in the app and earn points to use for future trips.
Withlocals is another top travel app we can’t be without. You can personalize your tours with local experts who will show you the best gems in the city, whether it’s a historical site, museum, cafe or eatery. There are also tours catered to families with children, allowing everyone to have a memorable experience. Withlocals is available to use in major European cities and in Asia as well as Africa (Morocco only) and is completely free!