We live in a time where the Internet is not only essential—it’s almost inescapable. What’s first thing you check when you wake up? Probably your phone. Before I get up, I grab my phone to check some quick updates on social media, my emails, some morning music via Spotify or maybe a good podcast when I’m in the mood. Same thing when traveling; gone are the days when you have to carry an actual map (we think it’s still cool though)—you either use navigation apps to get around or exchange DMs with a local you’ve just connected with on social media for recommendations, because it’s much easier and faster that way.
If you’re the type of dude who’s not so tech-savvy but would like to make the most out of your upcoming trips, let us help you. Here are some of the coolest mobile applications you’ll need for your travels:
1. Google Maps
Maps is built-in in most devices and easily the most helpful app out there when traveling. You not only get the map of your location, you also get driving and other transportation directions. Perfect for the dudes who aren’t so great with directions. (Like myself.)
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While not every country in the world uses transport apps like Uber, Lyft or Grab, it’s still available in many cities. And we all know the comfort their service brings: you call a car while fixing up in your hotel room, you go down to the lobby and voilà, your driver is waiting for you. It saves you a lot of time and energy—two things you badly need when traveling.
I’m not sure about you, but I could NEVER travel without music. Having a soundtrack for every voyage is important—it sets the mood for your adventure and also helps bring back memories whenever you hear songs from your playlist being played on the radio. Spotify has tons of incredible travel playlists—just what you’ll need especially for long-haul flights. Click here to listen to our #CavemanTravelsSoundtracks.
Ahhh, Tinder. A lot of men are thankful that this app exists. Ha. It may be the most popular app for dating and hookups, but it’s actually a great tool to meet and become friends with locals and fellow travelers as well.
Caveman tip: Make sure to mention in your bio how long you’ll be around in the city and what kind of activities you’d like to do—this will help you start conversations faster.
5. Google Translate
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Have you experienced asking a local in a non-English speaking city how to get to your destination and they just shrugged you off with that “sorry, no English” face? This is where technology really becomes helpful—having a language translation app makes you an even more independent traveler; it may not always give you very accurate interpretations but it should be able to do the job decently for you. As a vegan, I always research how the words plant-based/no meat/no dairy are written in the language of the city I’m traveling to to save myself the hassles of accidentally consuming non-vegan dishes.
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As a multilingual (I speak four languages!), I can’t stress enough how important it is to learn the basic words (written and spoken) of the language of the country you’re visiting. It’s not only gonna make your travel life easier, it will also make you look cool in front of locals and even help you become friends with them. That is, if you’re able to speak their words with proper pronunciation and accent. And Duolingo can help you do that—in a fun and entertaining way!
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Thanks to modern technology, we now live in this age of smartphones with impeccable camera features that you don’t really need to carry a professional camera with you anymore when traveling. This is also amplified by the countless photography apps that can help you produce and edit the best images for your social media feeds. Filmborn is one of them, and it’s currently my obsession among the many other apps I use for capturing excellent-quality images and photo editing. One of the unique features of Filmborn is it can edit your photographs to make them Fujifilm quality.
Heading to your phone’s app store as you read this? Good. You’re welcome, bros. (If you have your own list of travel apps, feel free to discuss in the comments below.)