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#TuesdayTravelTip – 5 must have Travel Apps

So I decided in keeping with my resolutions to provide travel tips every Tuesday. Today, I’d be talking Travel Apps. The world is no longer going global, its gone global and technology is at the forefront. Technology has changed the travel scene and has made travel a whole lot easier, cheaper and stress free.

Here are 5 travel apps I’ve got on my smartphone and use from time to time when traveling, I think they are pretty awesome and if you’ve not already tried them, you should.


 must have travel apps

When it comes to Flight, I’m such a cheap skate and would go to any length just to get the cheapest deals on flight price. Honestly I really don’t mind entering a Danfo as long as it flies to my destination :mrgreen: Sometimes I wish  Edo People could put their widely acclaimed flying skills to good use.

I use Sky scanner and trust me it’s one of the best travel booking apps you can find. It gets me the cheapest price when it comes to flight prices and airline deals. I can check the best day to fly in terms of price, what month flights to my destination is the cheapest and I can also create price alerts to get notifications if there is a reduction in price for my proposed itinerary.

This Travel app is however for flexible travelers as you gotta be flexible with airlines, travel time, travel date and flight hours.


Booking Hotels, Hostels and Apartments for your stay anywhere in the world has become pretty easy with over a million hotels in about a hundred thousand destinations.

With options such as Payment on Check in, Free Cancellation, No Credit Card Requirement and Minimal Information Required, this is a must have travel app.

Couch Surfing

Couchsurfing Lagos


This is a must for me and I use it almost each and every time I travel. It is a service that connects members to a global community of travelers. Couch surfing is used to find a place to stay or share your home with travelers for FREE.

Couch Surfing is Fun and I have tried it on a number of occasions and also here in Nigeria, twice in Abuja with Mohammed and Sarah and once in Calabar.

More importantly I use this travel app to meet friends who make traveling easier, I usually run my travel itinerary through them and get advise. There are really nice and young vibrant people on Couch surfing who are willing to help make your travel experience a great one. I really have to share my experience in one of my subsequent posts.

Google Maps

Travel Apps

Trust me there is no greater feeling than getting lost in a new city as it exposes you to new things and places, however, sometimes getting lost can really be an headache. Google Maps is a handy tool which helps me navigate and explore easily.

It offers panoramic street views, estimated travel duration by foot, train, bicycle and car, best route, traffic situation and alternative routes. It is a travel app that can also help you find the best places around from Cafes to Clubs, Banks, Hotels even the nearest ATM. Although asking people for direction is way easier but when you are in a new place and there is a language barrier, Google Maps is the way to go.


Travel Apps

When traveling I usually use the Metro or some other rail service if there’s one cos it saves time compare to road transport, brings me closer to the people and  culture and of course its way cheaper. However sometimes when I feel the need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of jumping or trying to catch a train ride, or when i intend have a late night hangout, UBER is the go to app. With presence in about 81 countries and 523 cities, I usually cant just help it.

However, I think they gotta do something about their payment platform accross borders as I am usually  only able to use cash trips and I’ve my Naira account connected to my app.

Alternatively, you can do a bit of research and find out if there are other local ride sharing or taxi apps in your respective destination. The last time I traveled, I used Careem which a CouchSurfer recommended and which actually turned out to be cheaper than Uber.

Apart from the above, other apps I have and use occasionally are XE Currency Google Translate and Live Trekker. I’d love to know what travel apps you use to make travel easier for you.

When it comes to travel, I now do everything  myself , from visas to flights to hotel reservation, I mean who needs a travel agent when you have smart phone.

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  • Reply Lara January 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    These are all life saving apps…never used coachsurfing even though i have signed up on it since forever

    • AE
      Reply AE January 12, 2017 at 2:20 am

      You really should try Couch Surfing! Its a great app and there are great people on there. You can always try a meet up first before surfing or hosting someone.

  • Reply Olamide January 11, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I am going to try Couchsurfing for my new travel adventures. I am really apprehensive though… Are you going to share some of your cultural shock stories on your travels?

    Skyscanner , in my experience doesnt get you the cheapest ,danfo-like prices across the world.. Kayak and Orbitz are much more better for prices and options ..(Also. you need to play the location country game – prices differ!)

    Skiplagged and AIRWANDER ( is literally magic). Explore the world for cheap… really nice.


    • AE
      Reply AE January 12, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Hey Olamide!

      You really should try Couch Surfing! Its a great app and there are great people on there and yes I’d share my experiences on culture shock soon.

      I however beg to differ on your Kayak and Orbitz option, I usually try across board before booking a flight and Kayak almost always turns out a few dollars more expensive on my route. Other reasons I prefer Sky Skanner is because it has a very friendly user interface which is usually easy to navigate and a clean template. It also gives me price option in over 100 different currencies including Naira. I havent tried the location game but will try that out soon.

      I also havent tried Skiplagged and Airwander but I will definitely check them out. Thanks so much Olamide, your comment is really enlightening.

  • Reply AJ January 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    You really summarized very well all the travel applications . Look forward for travel tips on Tuesdays.

    • AE
      Reply AE January 16, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Thanks AJ…Would keep them coming.

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