Modern day travelling is easier than ever thanks to technology developing and literally being at our fingertips on a day-to-day basis.
Travel fare websites, sightseeing apps, social media. All of these making the world feel closer to us than it really is and have become a necessity in order for our travels to run as smoothly and functional as possible.
Here are the 5 online tools I reckon are the best ones to use when travelling.
Disclaimer: This is just a personal list and is by no means a definitive guide. It is also in no particular order.
The uncontested king of blogging engagement. There are many ways in which you can grow as an influencer and expand your reach: from blogger follow trains to weekly blogging chats to the odd shoutouts and shares. This also means the blogging community has a wide range of methods to support others and are very supportive as a result.
Through Twitter I’ve seen and I’ve been privileged enough to meet and get to know them a bit in person. The pool of bloggers out there is massive. Even today I’m still meeting new travel and lifestyle bloggers.
The almost uncontested king and queen of flexible travel fare sites. Dare I say Momondo is my close 2nd. If you’re a traveller and don’t know about Skyscanner then where have you been living
Skyscanner covers the cheapest flights all around the world. It finds the cheapest and most expensive days for you to travel. My best deal so far has been a £21 return to Luxembourg for two days but in case you’re new to this blog and you didn’t know: Ryanair royally messed me up and my flights got cancelled….still waiting on the compensation. What more can I say eh!
3. Google Maps
The next one up on the list is Google Maps. Among travellers it is the most popular navigation app to use.
You can download maps of the city or town you’re visiting before you head off (country if it’s a road trip) and use the maps offline. When abroad I’ve often screenshotted the directions to places of interest from Google Maps before leaving a WiFi hotspot because I don’t have data roaming and therefore no access to internet when outdoors.
Without Google Maps allowing me to do that I would find it difficult to go abroad solo the way I do as of now.
There’s always mentions of Airbnb and Hostelworld. Deservedly so because of how cost-effective they are but Booking.com doesn’t get as much attention for the same reasons in my opinion.
It’s also just as (if not more) comprehensive and travel-friendly. Booking.com is very detailed in terms of providing ratings and written reviews for accommodations, distance from centre of the city, activities and facilities you can or cannot have access to, making it easy for you to tailor your choices towards your needs.
They offer accommodations from hostels to private homes to luxury hotels. What I really like is the flexibility in payment philosophy: there are options to pay when you get to the property rather than pre-payment depending on the rooms available and where you’re staying. You reserve your preferred place to stay and can cancel free of charge until 2-3 days before the start of your stay (I believe)
On top of that you can potentially save on travel through their affiliate program where you receive £15 travel credit for every person who signs up using your affiliate link, much like Airbnb.
5. Google Translate
Without Google Translate I would know didily about the languages of some countries I’ve visited this past 12 months. This has included French, Italian and Spanish.
A week and a half or two before I’d list key phrases I needed to know in different language, type them into Google Translate and bob’s your uncle. I often start practicing speaking the language afterwards.
Google Translate covers over 100 languages. It even perfects the pronunciation and accents of certain words so you’ll be a local in no time.
Albeit help through a web feature I’m glad to be able to improve upon my language and communication skills. They are really essential life skills if you’re living abroad.
Special Mention: Pinterest. Great for finding travel guides on future destinations and gaining ideas for blog posts.
Other Special mentions: Airbnb, Google Flights, Hostelworld
What Other Bloggers Say
What are your top 5 travel tools online? Are there other ones I haven’t mentioned that would make your list? Obviously everyone’s different and this is just a personal list so would like to hear what your list would be.
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures