Planning and executing a solo trip anywhere in the world is easier now than ever before. With an abundant of apps for solo travellers available on the Google Playstore to guide you through every step of your journey, a safe and memorable trip is guaranteed. All you require is a smartphone with an internet connection and the following apps and you are good to go. Here we take a look at some useful apps to have on your Android phone for a comfortable solo trip.
1. My Safetipin: Personal Safety & GPS Tracking App
- One of the most important things to be concerned about during your solo travels is personal safety. This app will give you safety scores of the area that you plan to visit.
- If you enter an unsafe location, it will notify you of the same. You will be able to alert friends or families to track your movements.
- You will be able to pick the safest route to complete your journey using this app. This comes in handy for the woman on late-night travels as well.
- The safety score of each place are determined based on 9 parameters like lighting, visibility, diversity, crowd, public transport, walk the path, security, openness, and feeling.
2. Google Translate
- The language barrier can be a tricky thing especially if you travel through a diverse country like India where every state has a different language.
- This app can be used to translate between 103 languages.
- It can help you to read road signs, billboards, Bus boards, etc which beneficial for solo travellers.
- It supports the translation of 59 languages offline.
- You can take pictures of road signs and instantly translate it to English or your mother tongue. At present, this feature is limited to 38 languages.
3. Couchsurfing Travel App
- If you are not interested in staying Hotels or Restaurants and want to get to know the locals and the local culture, Couchsurfing is the app for you.
- You will be able to make life long friends.
- In return, you will also be able to host travellers in your home.
- The app is used by over 14 million users all over the world in over 230 thousand cities.
- You will be able to find the host in the region you are visiting – perfect for solo travellers.
- Activites to do will also be planned by the Couch surfers in the town that you plan to visit.
- With this app, you will be able to access vacation home rentals and book everything for your trip in advance.
- You can also earn money by signing up as a host.
- You will have local guides to explore faraway lands.
- The app features over 6 million vacation homes to choose from across over 190 countries.
- You will be able to sort the searches by neighbourhood, price, amenities, etc.
- The app features messaging options to connect the traveller and the host.
5. Google Maps
- Google Maps is a must-have app on your phone especially if you are planning a solo trip.
- It has almost all the routes in the world mapped on it with the highest rate of accuracy.
- You can get weather details, nearby hotels and restaurants and even book rides nearby by linking to Uber.
- It gives you directions and distance in kilometres or miles from your location to the destination by foot, by car, by car, and by train.
- It also shows any traffic congestion on your route.
- Reviews from users about restaurants, shops, etc can also be viewed on Google Maps.
6. Hostelworld: Hostels & Cheap Hotels Travel App
- Using this app, you will get details about over 36 thousand hostels and B&Bs in more than 170 countries around the world.
- You will be able to choose from shared dorms and private rooms and meet other travellers.
- This is especially cheap compared to staying inexpensive hotels.
- The app offers a refund plus an additional 50$ if they fail to meet the bookings at check-in.
- It requires no booking fees or any unexpected hidden costs.
- It has features to translate up to 43 languages.
- You will be able to set reminders and get directions to the hostels from within the app.
7. Eatwith – Food experiences
- The app features dinner parties to cooking classes in over 130 countries around the world
- The hosts registered with the app will share their culture with you.
- This is one of the best ways to mingle with people from other cultures.
- You will be able to search for hosts providing the service at your destination or in your current location.
- You will be able to message hosts and set dates.
8. Meetup: Find events near you
- This app is for those who are keen on meeting new people and start a new friendship.
- You will be able to search for local events and groups based on your interests.
- With this app, you can browse events by category or search by keywords.
- You can use discussions and messaging options in the app to stay connected with your friends.
- You will also be able to host events.
9. Travello – Your Social Travel Companion
- This app is the world’s largest social network for travellers alone.
- It helps you to connect with other explorers from the rest of the world.
- You can post your photos and videos from the travels on here
- You will get over seventy thousand of local travel deals, tours and activities.
- The app helps you to connect with fellow travellers nearby. You can filter them according to countries and languages.
- The app features messaging options to chat with other travellers.
- It helps you to locate Wi-Fi spots nearby.
- If you need a comfortable travelling experience without the hassles that accompany a solo trip, you can install this app on your phone.
- The app features over 700 million reviews about places to stay, airlines and everything in between.
- You can save your travel ideas and book accordingly using this app.
- It allows you to browse videos, photos, from travellers.
- You can follow trave experts for recommendations.
- It allows you to modify or cancel most of your bookings for free.
- This app lets you find the best rides and hotels.