A trip to Europe is on everyone’s agenda. Many people find that, when they have been to Europe once, they go back again and again. There is so much to enjoy and to absorb: galleries, monuments, scenery, food, history. But it can be expensive, so you will want to make the most of every trip. Your trusty smartphone will be at your side to help you do just that.
There is no one simple means of transport to get you around Europe. There are famous train journeys, economical bus routes, and planes to get you wherever you want to go. GoEuro is a one-stop-shop for planning your connections and route around the continent. It can sort out the best way for each stage of your journey, and make reservations at the same time.
If you are making your bookings through lots of different agencies, Tripit is the app of choice for automatically gathering the details from your confirmation emails and presenting them to you as a complete itinerary.
Eat and Sleep
To make the most of Europe, you want to get the best food and accommodation to suit your budget. So many great dishes have their origin in Europe, and you want to know you are getting the authentic taste. You will not go far wrong by following the guidance in The Fork from TripAdvisor, an app that helps you choose the best restaurants…and the best food when you get there.
If you want a hotel at short notice, Hotel Tonight will check its database to find what is available, often with last minute discounts.
There’s no getting away from it—Europe is foreign to most people. You’ll need some help to get around. You probably don’t speak every language in Europe, so take a translation app. You can’t go far wrong with Google Translate; as well as being able to translate words and phrases quickly, you can just point your camera at a sign and get the meaning.
Although much of Europe uses the Euro, most countries have their own currency, so a currency converter will come in very handy. There are plenty of options available on the Google Play Store.
If you can be flexible enough to follow the sun, a good weather app can keep you ahead of the game. This app of weather by Apalon Apps is a highly regarded and reliable source of the essential information.
Sights and Sites
There is no shortage of wonderful things to see in Europe and it can be difficult to know where to start. Spotted by Locals is a travel Bible for European cities. Whatever you are looking for, local informants will lead to the best that is available. The GuidePal series of apps can tell you everything you need to know about your destination without recourse to a traditional guidebook.
A World of Culture and History
Europe is bursting with fascinating sights and wonderful stories. When the opportunity to visit comes up, grab it—and don’t forget to take your phone.