With everything getting smarter, why should your traveling be lagging behind? Before you set out on a long or short trip with or without family, check out our roundup of the best Apple Watch travel apps to let you plan or make your trip a pleasant experience.
We have already compiled a long list of the best travel apps for iPhone. So, if you wish to one for your iOS device, jump over to that post. Talking about the finest travel apps for watchOS, we have picked out the ones that offer you more control and are designed to take the full advantage of Apple Watch. Read on to explore 'em all!
Best Travel Apps for Apple Watch
Knowledge of local language can be of great benefit for globetrotters, who frequently go to places just for fun or as part of their job/business. An app like Babbel on your Apple Watch can help you speak or at least understand the language of native speakers. The app is equipped with international languages like Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Indonesian, Danish and Norwegian. Babbel can be very helpful at important junctions like airport, railway station, restaurants, bars, café shops, taxi stands, etc. where instructions are written in local languages.
You can easily decipher sign boards & manuals with the help of Babbel. With this latest version of Babbel, you can discover words as you go about your day, visit your favorite locations to add new words to your dictionary, enrich your vocabulary while roaming around the world, and learn more while you explore more.
Since the advent of online ticket booking, travelers have enjoyed last-minute bookings of their trips. Hotel booking is one of the biggest challenges for any traveler as hotel tariffs are likely to change at any moment. In peak season, hoteliers charge exorbitantly from the guests; with Hotwire, you can enjoy cheap and easy bookings for hotels, select best deals on hotels, 40k cities covered, easy booking by following simple steps and more.
Apart from hotel booking, the app helps you book cars from major brands. Its smart search option helps you find cars at airports, cities, and locations close to you. On your Apple Watch, Hotwire features include short & long view formats, rental car pick-up and hotel check-in reminders, car return and refuel reminders. Trip details including car and hotel details and itinerary view with maps and active and past trip summaries.
Travelling is not just about visiting new places; eating, drinking & shopping is also part of your trip. So once you reach your favorite destination, you would certainly like to know the best food joints, bars or shopping centers in and around the city.
Foursquare on your Apple Watch gives useful information a traveler needs; for example, if you are in Paris, the app will show you the best places to visit in the city, food alleys, what city is known for, what is the best delicacy served in which restaurant and more. All you need to do is tell this app what you want or like; be specific in your instructions. If you are looking for “craft beer” or “fried chicken,” feed the keyword and get the relevant information; the app also delivers general info like “outdoor seating” or “romantic places.”
#4. App in the Air
After booking your flight tickets, stay updated with every detail related to your flight; this App in the Air works as your personal flying assistant that gives you real-time status, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile, etc.
Additionally, this app also works offline and sends you SMS on gate changes and flight status updates without incurring any roaming charges. In the flight, keep yourself healthy by following in-flight courses, explore the landmarks you are flying over and stay on top of the world with Apple Watch revolutionary Glances and Force Touch.
Citymapper is the best app for urban transit for any traveler, who prefers to travel alone. This app now supports your Apple Watch. Therefore, the app can become your digital guide on your wrist. NYT has hailed the app as the best travel app introduced in New York City.
Touted as people's favorite transit app, Citymapper has received thousands of 5-star reviews from genuine users. The app easily guides you through serpentine streets and complicated topography of the city. Being a single traveler, you can also plan your A to B trip with real-time info on all modes of transit. In their bid to improve the app, Citymapper is available with Uber integration. While using this app, please make sure that your GPS/location is enabled as the app works on internet data.
Cleartrip is fast becoming a boon for travelers. Search national and international flights, compare their price and quickly find the one that suits your budget. The app lets you choose from multiple payment options like credit cards, debit cards, net banking and popular wallets. You can also reschedule or cancel your flight right from the app.
With the support of more than 15,000 cities, it lets you find out the best deals on hotels and restaurants. Check out the stars and read reviews to know more about the hotels. What's more, Cleartrip also helps you discover the much-awaited events in your city as well.
#7. iTranslate Translator
iTranslate is the most efficient language translator I have ever used on my iOS device. It’s exactly what you would want to have while traveling abroad. The app lets you easily translate text and websites. You can also start voice-to-voice conversations in more 100 languages.
Choose to listen to translation in male or female voice. There is also an option to switch between different dialects. Even better, the iTranslate features convenient dictionary with synonyms and different meanings to help you easily understand any word.
#8. Flight Tracker
Track your flight's information in real time with this Flight Tracker app on your Apple Watch. Get details on your email or your family or friend's email. So if somebody is coming to pick you up at the airport, the concerned person is well aware of the schedule of your flight. This app saves your time from checking flight details on the website; get the perfect information like arrival time, terminal or gate on your Watch.
Enjoy features like arrival/departure times of your flight up to 3 days in advance; gate and terminal info; worldwide coverage of flights. Track your flight by using your flight number, or you can type in arrival and departure airports and airlines to see all arriving flights.
#9. Dark Sky Weather
Before planning any trip or visiting any city, it's better to check out the weather forecast to be better equipped. That's why I have chosen “Dark Sky” to let you effortlessly view the upcoming weather of any city or location so that you will be able to avoid bad weather.
You can view the radar animation to find out the actual path of the storm. Get down-to-the-minute alerts about rain for your precise location. To ensure you don't get caught in severe weathers, it also notifies you about thunderstorms, flooding, and hurricanes.
#10. XE Currency
This one is known as the finest currency converter app for iOS. XE Currency works pretty fast in letting you convert currency. The app offers live exchange rates and charts. It allows you to set XE rate alert to help you track your favorite currencies.
The app automatically stores your last updated exchange rates to let you access them offline. It lets you monitor up to 10 currencies simultaneously and supports multiple languages like English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Traditional Chinese. If you wish to use this app without any restriction, upgrade to the pro version of the app.
Though this is not a typical travel app, we have listed it on this blog for some savvy travelers, who are concerned about their home security. Imagine this: you are lazing around with your family on a beautiful beach, and all of a sudden, you remember that you forgot to turn off a lamp in the garage back home.
With some hesitation and embarrassment, you probably would dial your neighbor to do a favor if they have got the key to your house. Never in the future. Get alarm.com on your Apple Watch, and you can keep an eye on your house from wherever you are. On your Apple Watch Glances, you can see easily what is happening at your home, and through the app, you can control your key devices and even view live video from your home.
Some of the remote features of this app are: enable and disable your security panel, watch recorded clips from your security cameras, turn on or off lights, set the ideal temperature, lock or unlock doors, view images of important activity captured by Alarm.com image sensors and more.
What's your favorite?
So, take the full advantage of these apps to make your trip memorable. Which one have you chosen as your travel partner? Do let us know your feedback about the app that has impressed you the most.
As we are talking travel, I would suggest you take a peek at these apps as well:
- Best Weather Apple Watch Apps
- Best Collage Making Apps for iPhone and iPad
- Best Language Translation iPhone and iPad Apps
- Best Dictionary Apps for iPhone and iPad