Backpackers and families who want to travel long distances for an extended period will always have to carry some gadgets alongside with them. These are the things that will help them out during their travel. Some may include and not limited to shampoo / conditioner, cameras, razors, shoes, torchlight, maps.
With the advent of smartphones, most of this things can be gotten in soft leaving a reduction in you backpack size. Families and backpackers who travel with smartphones have the advantage of downloading apps for maps, hotel / hostel search, currency conversion, tracker, books, language and others both online and offline.
Airbnb App for hotel / hostel bookings
You can use this app that is available on both iOS and Android, to plan your trip. It gives you and you family information about places you want to visit, and cheap hotels you can search from. Airbnb has over 2 million listings for more than 34,000 cities. This is a very useful app for backpackers.
Pocket for maps
The second app is an offline map. Pocket when downloaded will give you a complete map of the place that you want to visit. It’s also possible to use this map offline with your GPS if there is no internet.
WIKITRAVEL as a travellers’ guide
Wikitravel, with it’s 20,000 reliable and up-to-date travel guides around the world is what every backpacker will not want to miss. It can also be stored for offline use. If you can get Internet signal anywhere, it will be able to give you more information about less accessible locations. It comes in 16 different languages.
iTranslate Voice for language tools
Language apps are important especially when you are travelling to a country that you can’t speak their language. It gives you quick and easy access to phrases that are frequently used. You most likely need an app that will be able to help you translate when offline. With iTranslate Voice, you can speak your language, and it will translate it for you in another language that you choose. You can also download Google Translate for iOS and Android though the offline version of it is available only on Android.
Evernote for Travel journaling
When travelling, note taking is the one thing that is common with most backpackers and family. An app like Evernote that can be used as a travel diary is one of the best technology can boast off. With this app, you can store notes, record addresses of places that you have visited or will stay, track your-your route, make a to-do list, jot down reminders, etc. It’s possible for you to add pictures on them. You can even create voice notes, videos, images and text.
Skyscanner for Cheap flight search and bookings
For cheap flights, flight search and schedule, Skyscanner is the most popular for backpackers. They also provide hotel and car hire search services for travellers. You can get this software on iOS or Android.