Apps That Keep You Safe
You’re in a new city all on your own. You don’t have anyone to talk to and you’re trying to figure out the safest way to get around. What do you do?
Reach for your phone of course!
When traveling on your own, your phone is a great tool to keep you safe and organized, introduce you to new people and help you feel more like a local. We rounded up the best apps out there for solo travelers to help you make the most of your on-your-own adventure!
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Noonlight uses advanced technology to get emergency help to your exact location with the simple release of a button. It can be used in moments where you simply feel unsafe, as well as moments where you need an immediate emergency response.
Watch Over Me
This app “watches over you” for however long you want. Enter the amount of time you want to be watched for, whether it’s for an hour long run or a 5 minute walk back home. If you don’t tap the “I’m Safe” button when the timer runs out, your exact location will be sent directly to your emergency contacts.
TripWhistle Global SOS
A great tool when you’re traveling abroad, TripWhistle stores the 911 equivalent in over 40 different countries, and will immediately connect you to the appropriate emergency number when you need help. TripWhistle will also share your exact location with emergency responders to make sure you get the quickest possible response.
Apps That Keep You Organized
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If you’re the kind of person that gets caught scrolling through emails looking for details about your hotel or flight reservation, you need TripIt to help keep your trips stress free. Forward any reservations or other plans you make to the app and they’ll be immediately added to a master itinerary that’s easy to access and edit. The app will even send you reminders when you’re traveling to help keep you on schedule.
Packing Pro automatically creates ideal packing lists for you when you enter the number of trip takers, your destination and other details about your trip. If you already know what to pack, you can also create and share your own lists, so you’ll be sure you’re not leaving anything behind!
This app features a huge database of detailed maps aimed at travelers. You can add possible attractions to your favorites list and build detailed itineraries on the go. You can even download offline resources so you’ll have maps and guides handy even when you don’t have service.
Apps That Help You Meet People
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Interested in being part of a group when you travel? Whether you’re looking for hiking buddies or people to party with, Meetup has all kinds of groups to choose from in thousands of cities. It’s a great way to make plans when you’re getting tired of doing everything on your own.
Eatwith brings strangers together over something we all have in common, a love of food! Browse foodie hosts in your area and sign up for whatever food event you’re interested in, whether its a dinner party, food tour, or cooking lessons in a local’s kitchen. You’re sure to make plenty of friends and tons of tasty memories.
If you love getting into the local nightlife scene when you travel but aren’t a huge fan of partying on your own, Party with a Local is the perfect app for you! Find fun events happening near you and meet people you can go with based on your description of what kind of night you’re looking for!
Apps That Help You Feel Like
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Oh, Ranger! Park Finder
Input your location and what kinds of outdoor activities you’re interested in, and you’ll receive a comprehensive list of all the parks in your area. Not only can Park Finder help you find out about national parks and federal recreation areas, but the app also has an extensive database of state and local parks, meaning you’ll be able to find a bit of green space no matter where you are.
Most people are familiar with AirBnB as a great tool to find places to stay when traveling, but AirBnB also offers a wide range of local experiences from outdoor activities, to personal tours, to volunteering opportunities. It’s a must have app to help you get the most out of your trip!
Peek aims to bring you high quality activities at low prices no matter what city you’re in. The app gives you unique, personalized recommendations based off your initial survey responses. Using the app is a great way to get to know a city through tours, sights, and activities you never would have known about!