Updated: Mar 25, 2018
Using technology during your vacation is always a smart move. These are 8 apps that you should use on your next trip in 2018.
These are the 8 apps you should use on your next trip in 2018. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad)
I know, I know, if you don't travel much or have a hard time planning a vacation you're probably thinking it's already hard enough coordinating days off, finding the right hotel and booking flights, now I gotta think about downloading apps?
True enough, but these 8 apps are great to have available for your next trip. They've also been tested out by me in a number of countries so I know they work.
Music Apps To Use During Your Vacation in 2018
I don't know about you, but music is a very important factor in my life. As a matter of fact some of my closest friends gave me the nickname, "Running Theme Guy" because I always have my music turned on at home, the car, work, the gym or while walking my dogs.
My favorite music apps I use when I travel are: Spotify, iHeartRadio and Shazam.
Spotify is a fantastic streaming-music app that you can use in many countries. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Spotify is probably the most used app on my smartphone. It's cheap, only $9.99 per month and you have access to millions of tracks. It definitely satisfies my musical cravings during my travels. You can build playlists or listen to already built playlists (like the Top 50 Global and United States as seen in the screenshot above) and download them to your phone. The benefit of downloading the music to your phone is when you don't have a cellular or WiFi connection. A perfect example of this is when you are flying 35,000 above sea-level and need to be entertained. I also like having the option to sync the Bluetooth in a rental car and jamming out to my favorite songs from my Spotify playlists!
Listen to your favorite radio stations on iHeartRadio from just about anywhere in the world. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
iHeartRadio is another great music app during travel. Why? Well if you have a favorite radio station you enjoy listening to, then you can listen to it on your vacation. Listening to New York City's #1 radio station Z100 in Seoul, Cancun and Rome was awesome! We are spoiled in this day and age. You can have your cake and eat it too. I've never had any problems using iHeartRadio anywhere I've traveled in the world. Oh yeah, it's FREE to download.
Shazam has come in handy listening to the radio in foreign countries. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Shazam is another free app that's great for travel. I'll give you the perfect example in a second. For those of you who don't know what Shazam is, it's a very helpful app that can "listen" to music and immediately tell you the artist and the name of the song (most of the time). This can come in handy when you are traveling to a foreign country. Imagine you are relaxing on your vacation and listening to a local hit, but it's in a language you aren't familiar with, just whip out your phone and Shazam it! I've done this successfully while on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, 4x4'ing in Aruba and while listening to the radio in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Shazam and Spotify work well together because the music you Shazam will be saved on Spotify (My Shazam Tracks playlist).
Transportation Apps to Use During Your Vacation in 2018
Using an app that can save you money on transportation or eliminate the need to have to explain where you need to go (due to a language barrier) is extremely helpful.
Uber in Sydney, Australia. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Uber is another must have app on your smartphone. I normally use it when I need a ride to the airport to start a trip because it's cost-effective versus paying for long-term parking. Uber isn't available in all the countries I've visited, but I would say it's available in most countries. I always like to double check ahead of time to see if it's available. If it is then it's another great tool to have downloaded on your smartphone. It's very easy to use, just pinpoint your current location and plug in the address or name of the place you want to go, then track your driver as he/she arrives to pick you up.
Lyft is fantastic to use, especially in Las Vegas. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Lyft is also a great app to use. I mostly use Lyft when I am in Las Vegas and please don't ask me why. Well maybe it's because I happened to be in Las Vegas when Lyft finally launched there a couple years ago. Either way, it's a great app to use if you need to get from Point A to Point B with great value and service. Just look for the glowing pink mustache as your Lyft driver arrives.
Google Maps showing a dropped pin of "Where we parked" in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
6) Google Maps
Google Maps (Google Play or App Store) is the king of maps in my opinion. The benefits are world-wide coverage, real-time traffic updates, alternate routes, adding multiple stops and the ability to download maps offline in case you run into spotty coverage. I also like to use Google Maps to find places of interest, read reviews and to view photos and videos. If I have to park in a big city to explore I also like to "drop a pin" so I know how to find my car in case I get lost. It's also free and easy to use.
Home Monitoring Apps to Use During Your Vacation in 2018
Who doesn't want peace of mind when you are on vacation? Being able to check-in on your home and controlling your devices is a great option to have.
You have many options with the Arlo app. (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
7) Arlo by Netgear
I love the Arlo (Google Play or App Store) wireless home security cameras I have strategically-mounted around the house. The lithium batteries last a very long time and the motion detection is excellent. In addition, there is no service contract and you get 7 days worth of free cloud recordings. The Arlo app is very easy to use. You have the ability to view live video, turn the cameras on and off and review the library of recordings. I recently tested these functions from the middle of the tundra in Iceland and they work. I also like the ability to talk and hear from any of the cameras (however, I just wish the speaker was louder).
Kasa app showing feature to turn a smart bulb on and off . (Screenshot by Digital Nomad Foodie)
8) Kasa by TP-LINK
Kasa is a very cool app (Google Play or App Store) to use if you want to control your lighting or other appliances while you are away on your vacation. You just need to purchase their smart light bulbs, smart outlets or smart switches and then sync them all to the Kasa app. This very helpful app allows you to set schedules (on and off times) or you can manually control any device. I was able to successfully test the range of Kasa when I asked my brother to go to my house while I was in Australia and New Zealand.
All of these apps are great tools to have while you are on your next vacation in 2018. They each offer benefits to provide you entertainment, the ability to get from Point A to Point B and to ease your worries about home security. I've used them all successfully, so take a few minutes to download them to enhance your next trip!
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