Best Offline Travel Apps
The issue is that unless you’re prepared to pay a huge amount of international roaming fees, have picked up a local SIM card or have free Wi-Fi at hand, a good amount of the apps that require 3G or internet connection become relatively useless (or expensive).
Even in this increasingly-connected world, there’ll be plenty of times on the road when you can’t just get online (like when you hike Machu Picchu or when you are taking the bus in Bolivia…)
The good news is that there are travel apps out there that remain useful even when that internet lifeline gets cut off.
Where is the next supermarket? How do I ask for that medicine in the pharmacy? How long does it take me to walk from A to B? What are the top sights in my next destination?
The following free offline apps got all of this covered. They have been a real life saver during my travels. Check them out!
Maps.Me is by far my favorite and most used app when I travel. It never let me down and is seemingly available in every corner of the world (even the smallest islands). I literally use it every day. This highly developed app let’s you zoom in and out, and displays every possible detail (shops, restaurants, monuments, parks, all tourist attractions and even street numbers). I often use it to make sure the taxi driver is getting me to the right place.
Just make sure to download the respective country map while you are still connected to the internet. After that, you are good to go!
Pocket is my time killer and preparation app. Let’s face it, long flights, layovers and bus rides can get pretty dull no matter how good the view out the window is. I find those drawn-out trips are a great time to catch up on my reading, and do so in a few different ways.
Whenever I am connected to the internet, I browse through Pinterest travel blog posts and articles specifically about my next destination. Then I simply save the links to the Pocket app, ready for me to read while perched uncomfortably amongst the chickens on yet another overnight bus.
This note taking, cloud-syncing, clean-looking app is a dream to use. It’s a great place to store all of your useful information – expenses, travel inspiration, flight times, hotel names, addresses, conversion rates – you name it. You can also use it as a handy travel journal.
I also save all my ideas that I have for my travel blog and I have couple of hashtag templates I use for Instagram.
Taking crowd-sourced information from Wikitravel, Wikipedia and several other sites, Triposo turns it all into a useful offline guide. As there’s a lot of information for some larger destinations in particular, just remember to download it before leaving home. You’ll get recommendations for activities, hotels, restaurants and more, including maps and directions.
For directions, I use exclusively Maps.Me, but for walking tours (and I really love them) I use Triposo. You simply enter a destination, choose a maximum distance for your walking tour and the app will come up with a suggested itinerary along with the attractions that you will see on the way. My favorite feature!
Not sure this app is 100% ethical, but anyhow – I love it!. There are many WiFi finder apps out there, but this one not only tells you where is your next WiFi hotspot, but also provides you with the password. I used it couple of times and in the majority of cases, it worked perfectly well. Important is to update the app frequently so that the WiFi passwords get refreshed.
Everyone knows it and many people have already downloaded this app. It becomes so handy when you are in a country where you don’t speak the language. Or even if you know the language a bit and are looking for a specific word, good to have google translate (like me in South America, struggling to find the right words…).