Download These FREE Apps Before Your Next Trip

Last month, we upgraded our phones and decided it was time to start being stingy with our app downloads. We began deleting all the unnecessary apps that never got used or used only once. Here are the apps we decided to keep that especially came in handy when we were traveling. 

CRYSTAL AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CRYSTAL AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Google Offline Maps
You most likely already have this app downloaded, but did you know you can now download offline maps? In late December 2015, Google finally decided to give us this amazing feature. Now you won't have to worry about getting lost when your phone loses signal. I hate driving or walking and all of a sudden my trusted navigator is no longer there with me. So the next time you are heading out and think you will be in an area with limited service, go to Google Maps and download the area of your location and destination. Make sure to do this beforehand on a wifi signal so you don't eat up your data. You can read more about this on Google's official blog. 

 

SitOrSquat
I hate it when you have to go and the nearest establishment you walk into has a huge sign that says, "No Public Restrooms". I see more and more of this on my travels and plainly put, it SUCKS! This app helps you locate clean public bathrooms. And you can even add new locations and spread the word. 

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Companion
Unfamiliar territory is part of the traveling experience, but sometimes we end up in places that make us a little nervous. To be on the safe side, it's not a bad idea to let someone know where you are going. 

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Nike+ Training Club
Traveling is awesome, but for some of us, it interrupts our daily workout routines. And having to pay extra to use the hotel gym is ridiculous. Luckily, this app actually has workout routines that don't require any equipment. So if your hotel room is big enough or if there is a nearby park, exercise away!

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Venmo
"I'm out of cash. Can I borrow some money and I'll pay you back later when I find an ATM?" How many times have you heard this one? This happens to us more often than not, especially when traveling with friends. With Venmo, you can easily transfer money without having to find that ATM machine and also avoid those darn fees.

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VSCO Cam
Do you ever see #vscocam and wonder what the heck it means? VSCO Cam is an app that is a must have if your phone is your travel camera. It takes those amateur photos and makes them more, let's just say, 'professional looking.' 

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There were more travel apps we came across that seemed helpful, but they weren't free. Or they would have a free version with limited capability and to gain full access, you would have to pay to upgrade. We've traveled for years without these apps, so unless it was an app that was a huge game changer, we didn't feel like it was worth paying for. Have an app that we didn't mention? Comment below and let us know!