A backpacking adventure brings opportunities to try new things, meet new people, and discover new places. It’s a perfect time for you to disconnect from every day life and focus on real life social connections. I’m listing apps that have served to augment my travel experience – making it easier for me to get from place to place, so I could enjoy the experience.
#5 – Skyscanner
My good old buddy Skyscanner has over the years saved me thousands of dollars in flights. Stranded in Egypt and need a last minute flight to Europe? This app has got you covered. With the ability to compare and purchase flights from competing airlines, it’s hard not to want to book a red eye every time you have a bad day at work.
#4 – Google Maps
Get lost – but not too lost. While the adventure of discovering a new place by trial and error is one of my personal favourite pastimes, it’s not for everyone. Using the “My places” function of the app while on WiFi lets you download detailed city maps to use when you don’t have a data connection. Make sure to turn on your gps.
#3 – Hootsuite
Schedule your social media posts so you can spend more time doing things that matter. Hootsuite is an app / web platform that lets you connect 3 social media accounts for free, and schedule photos, posts, links, anything you want for any time you want. Keep your friends in the loop while still maintaining your care-free lifestyle.
#2 – Space Team
While not technically a travel app, this hilarious social game acts as a great time passer for hanging out in a hostel. Convince your new mates to download the app, and soon the entire common room will wonder why everyone is yelling “engage the bloody warp core” over each other. Make sure to play away from others – or invite them to join.
#1 – Skype
Good old fashioned Skype. It’s been around for a long time as a communication tool for friends and family, but what I’ve got my eye on are the lesser known features. For an inexpensive price, you can purchase “Skype Credits” letting you call or text landlines from aroun the world with nothing but a WiFi connection. This feature has saved my butt countless times arranging pickups in airports, calling local hotels, or booking adventure tours before your plane lands. You’re also going to use it to call your friends in Hong Kong after a few too many beers.