best travel apps


A is for apps! All great travel apps have one thing in common: they all solve problems fabulously. But with the thousands of travel apps currently available out there, it’s no longer enough being simply useful. So I chose five best travel apps that are useful and outstanding by virtue of being innovative, quirky or downright cool. Check them out, download them and get eurotripping – because with these apps in your pocket, you may never travel the same way again.

Note: This post is part of The A to Z of European Travel series. Don’t miss any post by subscribing to my newsletter (on the sidebar).


1. Musement

musement app

What does it solve? Eliminates waiting time for divas like you and me.

What is it? Musement allows you to easily find and book museums and art exhibitions, handpicked tours, great things to do, tickets to attractions, city passes and much more in lots of major cities around the world. It’s basically the travel app for art lovers which was just released 2 weeks ago (yes bitchezzz you heard it first from me). You don’t have to line up for the Louvre in Paris or Florence’s world-class Uffizi. Just book your priority or skip-the-line access in one click with Musement. Queuing? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Why I love it: If you’ve always wondered how to skip the lines in museums or figuring out unique experiences in the cities you’re visiting like me then you will also love this app. Most of the major European cities are represented and it offers only the best attractions and tours. Download the free app and see it for yourself. Check my full review here.


2. World Around Me

wam app review

What does it solve? Visual guide for the geographically-challenged.

What is it? World Around Me or WAM is a location-based Augmented Reality app that literally lets you explore the world around you in never-before-seen and immensely useful ways. It lets you navigate new places effortlessly. Say you just arrived in a new, foreign city and you need to know where the nearest ATM, restaurant, bar or cafe is then this is your app. It pulls data from Google maps and even tells you information like telephone number, directions, address, website, reviews etc.

Why I love it: I mean here’s how unreal amazing it is. I use this all the time now.


3. Spotify


What does it solve? Your music fix, you music freak.

What is it? Spotify is obviously not new but they just started offering the mobile app for free this year. Their slogan? Listen to the right music, wherever you are.

Why I love it: Do I really have to say how I decided to delete my 120GB of music I collected since 2004 after they released this? My favorite feature is the Browse section where you can listen to different playlists depending on your mood. It has travel playlists with names like Summer for Hipsters, Your Favorite French Cafe and Come Fly Away With Me. Need more convincing?


4. Rome 2 Rio

rome 2 rio

What does it solve? Itinerary planning for dummies.

What is it? Rome2Rio shows you how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry and automobile. This is the most amazing thing ever. It shows you all your transportation options, how long it takes and even links to the airlines, buses or trains. Super duper cool. Don’t know how to travel from Bratislava, Slovakia to Bydgoszcz, Poland (yes that’s a real city)? Rome2Rio knows.

Why I love it: I use this all the time when I am planning my trips. Best shit ever. It also has a web version.


5. Snapseed


What does it solve? Slutify your fugly iPhone photos.

What is it? Snapseed makes any photograph extraordinary. Easily enhance your photos with one tap using Auto Correct. Best photo editing app I’ve used ever.

Why I love it: You think I have the time to Photoshop my pictures I post on social media specially Instagram? I mean have you seen my Instagram photos? They’re all retouched in 30 seconds by Snapseed. My secret is out.


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What are your favorite travel apps?




DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

What do YOU think?

27 Responses to “5 Best Travel Apps You Probably Haven’t Heard of. My Absolute Favorite is #4.” Subscribe

  1. Michela of Rocky Travel Blog April 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

    Great listm, DJ. Especially #4 and #5 I am going to download them and try them out.

    • DJ Yabis July 15, 2014 at 5:11 AM #

      You’re welcome. Always happy to recommend good stuff ;D

  2. Tee April 21, 2014 at 7:09 AM #

    Ahh, great collection! I definitely bookmarked Rome 2 Rio, such a great tool for travel!

    • DJ Yabis April 22, 2014 at 12:27 AM #

      Great! You’re welcome. 😀

  3. Sofia Rhodes April 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

    Hey, such a nice post..!! Actually, I was looking for such apps so that I can use it in my phone now and then..!!! Thanks for the post..!!

  4. Catherine April 16, 2014 at 3:47 AM #

    With the exception of Spotify had not heard of any of these before, but they all sounds amazing! Will have to get downloading now 🙂

  5. Dan April 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM #

    Awesome article, and here’s how to get your inspiration on where to travel:

  6. C Grim April 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM #

    Traveling together and splitting costs? Trip Splitter is the solution. Whether its dinner and drinks or trekking across Antarctica, Trip Splitter is an easy way to manage expenses when sharing costs with friends.

    Trip Splitter allows you to map your journey, include photos, track costs in any currency and easily split costs among your travel companions. Trip Splitter has been recognized by CNN And ABC as a great travel app. Trip Splitter is available in the iTunes store.

  7. Sean Laurence April 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM #

    Convertbot is a no nonsense currency conversion app. It’s simple and works like a charm.

    • DJ Yabis April 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM #

      And uses other units too. Cool.

  8. Bart van Poll - Spotted by Locals April 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

    Hi DJ, Rome to Rio is great indeed. Use it a lot! Hope some day you can mention the Spotted by Locals app – many people haven’t heard about it yet ;)!

    Latest news: we just launched our new Android app!

    • DJ Yabis April 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM #

      Oh yeah. I keep forgetting haha. Truth is I use your website a lot and even link to some of your recommendations on my blog but I rarely use your app =( I should change that 😀

  9. Mary @Green Global Travel April 8, 2014 at 3:59 AM #

    I can’t wait to try out Rome2Rio. Thanks for the suggestions!

  10. Kerry April 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM #

    Here are 2 travel apps/sites to know:

    1. is a great app with free texting and free calls.
    2. – I like this more than Rome2Rio because BTC searches more sites and posts lower rates.

  11. jenny@atasteoftravel April 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM #

    Great start to the A to Z challenge and a fabulous list of apps. I love that they are different to the usual ones you read about and all useful. I use Snapseed a lot and also like VSCO Cam for instagram. About to download #1 and #4

  12. Frankie Williams April 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

    Another great travel app to try is called Simply Declare. I used the free version, loved it enough to buy it. Sure makes returning home from abroad easy having all my customs stuff figured out. Great list by the way thanks

  13. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport April 6, 2014 at 10:56 AM #

    I’ve heard of three of these before, but cant wait to try out #1! Great find – no more waiting in line!

  14. Lillie April 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM #

    I knew about exactly one of these before this article. Thanks!

  15. Ann April 6, 2014 at 2:08 AM #

    I’ve heard of snapseed, I think, but didn’t know what it did. Will definitely try it and number 1&2 soon. And I will eventually get to trying number 4.

  16. Wandering Educators April 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM #

    LOVE these apps – thank you!!

  17. Zab April 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM #

    Hey DJ! The thought of jumping cues in museums alone would encourage me to download Musement. It’s great being able to make spontaneous decisions when you’re out if you fancy visiting a cool exhibition after chilling in a café.

  18. Val-This Way To Paradise April 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM #

    This is awesome! I just got an Ipod, so I’ve been discovering all the apps. I already knew about Rome 2 Rio, but the rest are new to me.

  19. jugo April 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM #

    DJ this is a great post, useful for those who keep in touch with traveling around.

    Hey maybe you should do the same and launch a dream euro trip for mobile platforms.


  20. Matthew Hirtes April 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM #

    Great top 5, DJ. I’ve always used Picmonkey to chimpanzee around with my photos. Will now give Snapseed a go.

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