Nomad’s Travel Hacks #2 - Best Travel Apps 2022

Top 10 must-have apps for the savvy traveller in 2022

Nomad team

Nomad team, Marketing Team

Sep 07 · 4 min read

In our first blog we talked about Free Walking tours. We hope that it helped you to get to know the place you are traveling to in a cheaper and also more fun way!

This week, we’re gonna talk about useful apps and websites for travel.

We know that it takes a lot of effort to plan your ideal vacation. All the work around finding accommodation, buying plane tickets, planning the budget, finding cheaper transport and famous restaurants...etc. it really takes a lot of work and time! But when you travel, you're investing in yourself by broadening your cultural horizons and taking a break from the daily grind. Of course, you want to make the most of it and enjoy every moment of your trip.

Our list of the top travel websites and apps is intended to get you to your travel destination with the least amount of money (and the most fun!). We've compiled a list of some of the best travel websites and apps to inspire, educate, inform and help you.

Summary

We've highlighted some great apps and websites in the following sections below. You can jump ahead to the ones that interest you the most!

  • Destinations
  • Restaurants
  • Travel Buddies
  • Mobile Data Plans
  • Budgeting
  • Flights
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Language, Culture & Discovery
  • Travel Inspiration

1. Destinations

Worldee: Welcome to your vacation matchmaker! Worldee’s pretty interesting because it helps you discover how other travellers explored your upcoming destination with detailed notes, photos, maps and destination details. The fact that it can then convert your choices into a detailed itinerary on the back is just icing on the cake. Check it out for some really interesting itineraries (we particularly like this one on Bali)

2. Restaurants

EatWith: When you're traveling, sometimes all you want is the pleasure of a home-cooked food. It's not only a lovely difference from dining at restaurants all the time, but it's also a great way to learn more about local life and cuisine culture.

However, making the personal relationships that allow for this type of experience isn’t always simple, especially for shy travellers or if you are just in town for a few days. EatWith can help you with that!

The app allows you to book reservations for local-hosted culinary events all over the world. Dinners, tasting menus, market visits, and wine tastings, among other things, are frequently included in the experiences.

While browsing, you can look at photos and menus, as well as read reviews from previous visitors. You book and pay immediately within the app after selecting an experience. When you're not traveling, you can even become a host in your own town!

EatWith is currently available in over 130 cities worldwide.

Source:  rewardexpert.com
Source: rewardexpert.com

3. Travel Buddies

TravelBuddy: Another fantastic travel app allows you to meet local travellers from your target destination, communicate with them to learn about places, and arrange unique experiences.

To find your travel buddy, simply choose your destination, select a preferred gender for your travel buddy, and then enter your travel dates. Travel Buddy is also an excellent way to ask locals everything about your planned vacation. You may find your local travel buddy by downloading Travel Buddy free from the Play Store or the Apple Store.

4. Mobile data plans

Nomad: With Nomad you can get a prepaid data plan at local rates in 100+ countries! Also we have regional plans if you are traveling to multiple countries. For now, only the iOS Nomad App is available, but an Android version is coming soon.

P.S. Before getting any of the Nomad data plans, be sure to check our list to see if your device is eSIM compatible.

5. Travel Budgeting

Don't allow the cost of travel prevent you from seeing the world! We give you remarkable tips on how to make travel cheaper.

For Rewards Program: The Sapphire card is a sleek and popular travel credit card. Points can be transferred at original cost to participating frequent travel programs.

With this card, you can earn 5k total points on travel purchased through their Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can also earn 3x points on dining at restaurants, including delivery, takeaway and dining in restaurants.

Sapphire Reserve Credit Card.
Sapphire Reserve Credit Card.

6. Flights

Skyscanner: This is basically an app that is listing instant online comparisons for commercial airline flights, plus hotels and car hires. It compares various airlines and online travel agents to provide you with the cheapest flights to your destination!

We can especially single out two amazing features of the Skyscanner app here.

The first one is the price chart: In an intuitive and interactive monthly bar chart, you can see your search results per day. This is fantastic in so many ways, and it means you can immediately decide which is the cheapest date to book the flight within a certain time frame.

The second feature is that you don't even need to know where you're going! The Explore option shows you where it is cheapest to fly based solely on your fixed dates or a broad time period, making it an ideal tool for the early stages of your trips.

7. Accommodations

Hostelworld: We like this one because it’s a unique twist on the traditional hotel-booking apps. While some booking sites like Booking.com lists almost every type of accommodation including place wanting to call themselves a "hostel" (but really aren't), Hostelworld is much more selective. These guys believe in building a community first, and showing you listings second, so if you’re in the mood for a backpacker experience you can be sure that the accommodations on Hostelworld are backpacker-friendly and verified.

Airbnb: Probably the most well-known site on our list of the top 10 travel websites and apps, Airbnb connects you with apartments and homes for rent. Airbnb has you covered if you want to stay in a treehouse or a gypsy van!

Playa Viva  - a luxurious eco-resort in Mexico.
Playa Viva - a luxurious eco-resort in Mexico.

8. Transportation

Moovit: This app offers tourists a one-stop shop journey experience to help them go from point A to point B in the quickest and most efficient way possible. You can easily get train and bus timings, maps, and real-time arrival information so you can plan your trip with certainty. You also can pay and validate your rides. It has everything you need to travel in a foreign country like a local!

Moovit App.
Moovit App.

9. Language, Culture & Discovery

Google Translate: Enter a word or phrase into the dialogue box to have it translated into the language of your choice. Google Translate supports more than fifty languages.

Another great option offered by Google Translate is the option to translate some text directly using your phone's camera. This can help you a lot to find out about transportation, restaurants or even menus! You can also download the language you need for offline use.

10. Travel inspiration

Fodor's has been providing travel inspiration since 1949. This travel blog is a must-read for anyone looking for fascinating travel stories and international food for thought.

Also, on Nomad's social channels, especially Instagram and TikTok, you can find a lot of content about travel inspiration, destinations, various cultures and food!