In today’s age of technology, travel has become available to more people than ever before. We’ve come up with a list of 5 different mobile apps that can help improve your travel experience – some LGBT specific and some mainstream, but all with the focus giving you travel inspiration and helping you to make the most of your trip.
Vespa is a new app that includes updated listings to cities around the world along with reviews. It’s well organized and better than most others we’ve seen. It's an easy-to-use app that provides a well-curated directory of gay places all over the world. With more than 5,000 curated locations across the world covering 300 cities in over 70 countries, Vespa can provide you with gay-friendly places you might not have found otherwise.
Dobot makes saving money easy by automating savings, linking savings to financial goals (like travel!) and letting couples and groups save together for a common goal. For any frequent traveler, you'll need to have a good financial plan and you'll likely need to save money before you head out on that big trip. This app helps you plan out your savings and automatically deducts monthly contributions to help you build a large savings to put towards your trip.
Uber is evolving the way the world moves. No longer are traditional taxis your only option. The service connects riders to drivers through an smartphone app. You can get a taxi, private car or ride share from your mobile phone within minutes in 60 different countries. Rates vary based on the service but you can easily get a ride for much cheaper than a local taxi. Uber automatically takes care of payment with your credit card via the app.
Google Maps is our go-to mobile app for navigating any destination while traveling. Whether it’s local directions from our hotel to a restaurant or for determining distances between different destinations within a country, we use it nearly every day while traveling. In recent years Google Maps has also added useful features like the ability to pre-download the map of a city so that you can use it for guidance and directions even if you don’t have mobile data. And if you didn’t already know, your phone’s GPS is powered by satellite and always works even without a connection to mobile data or wi-fi.
This is one of the more established apps and is a gay travel magazine available on iOS and Android. It’s a digital-only publication that offers a subscription but also several free downloadable resources like their guides to West Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Greece, Thailand and more. We love the concept of the magazine and its interactive ability to explore the stories, media, city guides and personal accounts from both the writers as well as readers.
Skype is one of our top communication apps at home and on the road. You can make video or audio calls for free to other Skype users and it’s particularly useful to call home or to another country over wi-fi for extremely low rates. Simply pre-load credit to your Skype account and you can make calls for as little as 1 cent per minute depending on your location and the country you’re calling.