Top Apps for Traveling, Even on a Budget

Published: March 12, 2017

If you’re like us, you love to travel. Being a global company with employees in seven countries, our team puts in a lot of miles and we understand that traveling abroad can sometimes be overwhelming. Often international travelers face questions like: Will I go over my holiday budget? Where are the best places to visit? How will I get around safely?

To help, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorite apps for traveling, particularly if you don’t have a huge budget. These apps aim to make your journey more enjoyable and helps you moderate your spending, so you can choose to use your money on the most important things to you.


Moovit has partnered with the global travel-guide CityMaps2Go by Ulmon, an app that allows you to experience even more on your travels. With CityMaps2Go, you have access to information on what to do and where to go in the city you are traveling to. Download recommendations and maps so that you can access all the information on your smartphone for free on WiFi, and not worry about any roaming charges. You can access CityMaps2Go from the More menu in Moovit in the US.

As part of our collaboration, Moovit users can unlock the CityMaps2Go PRO in-app-purchase for FREE by entering the code “moovit” on the redeem screen inside the app (value of $14.99).

WiFi Finder

Speaking of roaming charges, there’s an app to help with that too! Save posting those holiday snaps on social media until you find a local WiFi spot. WiFi Finder is available on your phone or tablet to locate free local WiFI hotspots, including cafes, restaurants and hotels in over 140 countries worldwide so you don’t blow your travel budget on unwanted phone charges.  

Trail Wallet

This budget and expense tracker is your best friend while traveling. Particularly if you are traveling with friends and need to remember which dinner you’ve paid for. It’s easy to forget when you’re in a different time zone and dealing with strange currency. There’s certainly some truth that you become more aware of what you spend as soon as you take note. Therefore, Trail Wallet is a great tool to help count the pennies so they don’t run out too quickly.

Kindle app

Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the free Amazon Kindle app on your phone or tablet and find a host of free books to read while you travel. This is a great way to use your spare time while traveling. It also might stop you from browsing all the tourist shops and buying impractical souvenirs you’ll regret buying when you get home.

Hotel Tonight/Hostel World

Whether your version of traveling on a budget means staying in hostels or hotels, these two apps have you covered. If you’re a planner, Hotel Tonight is not for you. You can, however, find luxury hotels for a fraction of the usual cost if you’re willing to book last minute. With over 33,000 properties in 170 countries, Hostel World is the go-to app for many travelers who are looking for inexpensive, fun and clean hostel accommodation.

XE Currency App

It’s easy to travel somewhere new and have their colorful cash in your hand, usually provided to you in big denominations, and feel rich! Beware, this is not Monopoly money! Take note of the conversion rate to your local currency so you don’t overspend. The app even works offline, with the latest exchange rate from the last time you were in WiFi.


Of course, everyone on the team wouldn’t ever travel without our very own Moovit. With the most accurate transit directions available in over 1,200 cities around the world in 75 countries, Moovit provides peace of mind when traveling on public transit in a foreign country. First, Moovit provides step-by-step guidance on your route so that you can feel confident to navigate the sometimes complicated foreign transit systems. You can also do this in your own language instead of trying to decipher what the conductor is saying. Afterall, who wants to end up in a unsavory part of town, only to have to spend big bucks getting a taxi back to your desired location! In addition, Moovit gives you the freedom to enjoy the city as a local would and, with the money you save using public instead of private transit, you will have some spare money to enjoy on your trip and make even more memories.


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