The Apps I used while Studying Abroad:
Unlike Google maps, city mapper shows you multiple routes and times for the type of transportation you’re looking to take. It is also great if you’re looking to take a train because it tells you which platform number to go to.
Although Uber is not available throughout all of Europe, I found it was in most locations. In order to avoid the scams of many taxi drivers or the struggle of hauling a cab, Uber was really helpful for getting around.
In need of a way to connect with loved ones or friends from different area codes? What’s App allows you to communicate without WiFi and its ability to create group chats with people from all different countries make it easy to make plans and get around.
I can honestly say I don’t know how I would have made it through studying abroad without this App! Hopper was a lifesaver when trying to find cheap flights and figuring out when was the best time to fly. The App also allows you to be notified when flights go on sale and give you suggestions on places to go based on which flights are currently really cheap! Although I wouldn’t recommend booking the flight directly through the app. Instead, utilize the information and go directly to that airline’s website.
Helps you find cheap hostels and view all the ratings. Hostels can be great when traveling in small groups when airbnb’s aren’t available, and to really immerse yourself into the city. A lot of hostels offer many amenities such as tours that airbnb’s do not.
I personally prefer air BNBs over hostels because most of the time we were able to get an entire apartment for the same price we would have paid for a hostel. This app allows you to find the perfect airbnb and keep in contact with your host while traveling when you don’t have access to a computer.
TFL Oyster (London Only)
This app is specifically designed for London’s transit. Similar to New York’s metro card, the Oyster card allows you to touch and pay wherever you are going. The app allows you to top up (reload your card) on the go so you never have to worry about running out of money and is an absolute lifesaver if you are studying in London.
Disclosure: This post is in no way sponsored and is solely based on my own opinion