Are you going on vacation and have already planned everything, only the apps on your mobile phone are still missing? No problem! In our tip we show you which travel apps you should definitely have with you on your smartphone when you are on vacation.
App as a packing aid: PackPoint
Even if the anticipation for the upcoming vacation gets bigger and bigger, the packing stress shortly before departure can get out of hand. But that doesn't have to be the case - apps like PackPoint help you pack your bags and suitcases. With individually created packing lists, you can quickly and easily find everything you need for the trip. This also helps if you already have your own packing list, because you will usually receive a few good tips.
So that you get exactly what you need with you in the end, you first tell PackPoint when and where you are going on vacation. To do this, the app needs a few details about your planned activities. You will then receive a list of everything you should take with you on vacation - even sorted directly by category..
Safe entry: CovPass, Re-open EU and Safe Travel
Traveling is often a bit more complicated, especially in times of the corona pandemic. Fortunately, there are some official apps that make your vacation easier:
In the CovPass app , published by the Robert Koch Institute, you can store proof of your Covid-19 vaccination. You don't have to take out your vaccination certificate every time, but can simply show the QR code on your smartphone and have it scanned within the EU. Unfortunately, the system only works in the EU so far, so you still have to show your vaccination certificate outside of the EU.
Tip: You can also store the vaccination certificate in the Corona warning app, which you may already have installed on your smartphone.
We can recommend the Re-open EU app from the EU Commission to find out about applicable corona measures before departure or directly in the holiday region . This shows at a glance which Corona rules currently apply in a region and what you should also observe..
The Safe Travel app from the Foreign Office is always a good tip . This also gives you the most important safety information for each country at a glance. In addition, there is a section on what to do in an emergency. If you get into a tricky situation while on vacation, for example because your wallet and passport have been stolen, you will find everything you need to know about how to proceed in the app.
Entertainment while driving: Netflix and Co.
Especially when you have a long flight or train ride ahead of you, you might want to take some entertainment with you for the journey time. The various streaming services that have become established in recent years are ideal for this purpose.
With Netflix , for example, you have access to a huge library of films and series from which you can freely watch whatever you want. In addition to their own productions, there are big blockbusters as well as smaller films, so there is something for every taste. Particularly helpful for vacation: You can download many of the titles onto your smartphone or tablet and then watch them online - so you don't have to rely on WLANs or your mobile data.
You can download the Netflix app for free. To be able to use the service, however, you need a Netflix subscription, which you can get from € 7.99 a month. You can cancel the subscription on a monthly basis and therefore, if you wish, simply end it again after your vacation..
In addition to Netflix, there are a number of alternatives, for example Amazon Prime Video :
Disney + is also ideal for families :
The best vacation tips: TripAdvisor
Once you've arrived and want to explore your vacation spot, TripAdvisor is your best help along the way. Just like the associated website, the app shows you tips of all kinds: from restaurants and hotels to sights and activities. For each entry you get the most important information, often with a few pictures and reviews from users who have already been there. So you can sort out where you would like to go and what you would rather skip.
Quick translation help: Google Translate
If you don't speak the language that is spoken in your holiday destination completely fluently, Google Translate will help you . The big advantage of the app is its many different features: In addition to pure text translation, there is also the option of speaking words or entire sentences and having them read out in the other language. With the camera of your smartphone you can also scan in text and have it translated live on the picture. This is particularly helpful if no Latin letters are used in your holiday destination. And the best thing about the app: You can download language packs free of charge and thus also carry out translations offline - but then only of typed text.
The best navigation app for vacation: Google Maps
Most smartphone owners should already be familiar with Google Maps . But especially when you are out on vacation, the app is even more helpful than at home. In addition to the navigation function, you can use the map to find places of interest, hotels, restaurants, train stations, public toilets and much more. Most entries have photos, reviews and, in the case of restaurants, often even directly view the menu online. So that Google Maps doesn't use up all of your mobile data, you can also download map sections and search them offline.
Getting around in the holiday country: Omio and Uber
If you want to
cover a greater distance at your travel destination, travel apps can also help you: Omio gives you the opportunity to quickly and easily buy tickets for buses, trains and planes in Europe and North America in one place. The travel app accesses a wide variety of providers and automatically offers you the cheapest connection. So you don't have to use ticket machines in unknown languages, but can buy the best tickets easily and conveniently in the app.
If you want to get around a city and not use public transport, Uber is a good choice . The taxi service is not yet that widespread in Germany, but internationally it can be used reliably in significantly more countries. You set a start and destination point and the app will automatically find a driver who will take you there by car. Payment is then mostly made by credit card, but in some cases also with cash.
Settle money easily: Splitwise
If you travel with other people, each of them usually pays part of the trip. Whether for the hotel, a restaurant visit or admissions to sights - if you would like to settle everything fairly at the end of your holiday, an app like Splitwise is ideal . In this, you simply record every expense during your vacation, who paid it and who it should be distributed to. At the end of the vacation you can see not only the expenses per person, but also who owes whom and how much money. This makes it easy to offset the payments.