Pt. 4: Save Money, Time and Stress at Your Destination
Don’t sit in your hotel room asking, “What should we do next?” Use these services and apps; hit the ground running.
A. Play like a local
Fodor’s and Rick Steves will take you where all the other tourists are. For something more immersive, start here.
33. Airbnb: Experiences
The room-booking behemoth’s next big play: Use it to plan outings and activities.
34. Spotted by Locals
Travel guide apps are a dime a dozen, but a commitment to locals’ perspective guarantees a unique mix of picks.
35. Party With a Local
Like meetup.com except only for parties. It might be the fastest way to connect with locals looking to mingle.
B. Hack the city from your smartphone
The indispensable tool for navigating a city and public transport — use it once and you’ll forget Google Maps ever existed.
37. Google Trips (beta)
An easy, intuitive way to get recs for nearby restaurants and attractions — plus it’ll organize all your travel details in one place.
An easy way to organize (and schedule meetings) when you’re working across multiple time zones.
39. Hotspot Shield
Unless you like watching foreign-language TV shows when you’re traveling, install this before departing.
There are dozens of ways to connect with friends and locals, but this might be the most popular and most convenient — call home over a wifi connection and you might be surprised at the (high) quality of the reception.
41. Google Translate
Little known fact: Everybody’s favorite desktop translator offers downloadable packs in 52 languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh