Traveling is an exciting experience for most of us. This is precisely why we set some time aside for traveling at our leisure. When we travel to a new location, it’s always helpful to know the surroundings, even though the point of a travel or expedition is to explore the localities. However, it behooves every traveler to take care of their trip when on a new land. This is sometimes hindered by lack of internet connectivity in remote parts of the world.
But that is no longer a problem thanks to the barrage of offline travel related apps available on the Google Play Store. We’re going to talk about a few of them today to help you find the best app out there. Let’s dive right in.
Google Maps is undoubtedly one of the most popular apps among travelers for a variety of reasons. While it can offer you suggestions on the routes to take and traffic data, it can also function very well when there’s no internet. The process to have routes and other data downloaded beforehand is pretty simple. Previously, offline features were pretty limited, but thanks to multiple updates, Maps now allows you to have unlimited offline locations and directions saved.
You can also get turn by turn navigation on Maps while offline, which can be a real life saver at times. The app is so well designed for offline use that you can even search, locate and navigate to the place of your choice even when your phone is on offline mode.
Overall, as far as offline features are concerned, Google Maps is pretty ahead of the competition. This is a preinstalled app on every modern Android device, so treat this as a reminder to use Maps’ offline when you’re traveling, that is if you don’t already.
This is an extremely functional app to manage your itineraries and other travel stuff without requiring an internet connection. It basically works by scouring through your emails (with permission) to look for reservations, tickets and other data to accrue all the gathered data on the app. Once there is an internet connection, the app will connect to the servers and update the listings if necessary. You can manually add your reservations or entries on the app, so you don’t need to automate everything here.
The app will also conveniently remind you when to check-in during travel, while also alerting you when there’s a better seat on your flight or gather information on refunds. These features require an internet connection, however. Moreover, it can gather information on the airport you’re visiting, including maps of the terminals so you don’t get lost.
Previously owned by Nokia, the app is now owned by a consortium of European car manufacturers, which has since helped the app build a name for itself in the marketplace. The main appeal of Here WeGo is that it can offer navigation without a internet connection.
You will be required to download a set bunch of areas beforehand, but that’s a small sacrifice to make given the features you get. You get full turn-by-turn navigation when you’re offline, which in my opinion is more robust than Google Maps at times.
The app can also offer navigation for walking, cycling and more while you’re offline, so it’s definitely a cut above the rest. One caveat here is that the app can sometimes confuse you when there’s no exact location mentioned. To counter this, users are recommended to type in the exact location that they want to go to, which we realize can be quite hard in a new location.
Given that there are no restrictions or limitations to the number of maps and navigation routes you can download, it can quickly eat into your device storage space. Here WeGo is a free download from the Google Play Store. The app is ad supported.
Sygic Travel Apps
Coming up next, we have Sygic Travel Apps. This one is another that works both online and offline. With Sygic, you can actually build a complete day-to-day itinerary for your trip with the built-in trip planning software.
But on top of that, you can also see estimated travel times and walking distances. If you’re bringing friends, you can even invite them into Sygic to collaborate on your itinerary. Sygic has worldwide offline maps, and over 50 million marked places that parks, museums, restaurants, and more.
This one is a self-described offline navigation app. It gives you access to free, worldwide, and high-quality offline maps. Not only does OsmAnd have excellent GPS navigation, but you can view maps with points of interest as well. The offline search even allows you to view opening hours, payment methods, and other parameters on points of interest, restaurants, and other locations.
You get excellent turn-by-turn navigation, with a recorded and synthesized voice that guides you along the way.
World Travel Guide
Triposo makes excellent guide apps for a specific country. However, this app by the developer covers the entire world, helping you locate hotspots and other attractions of a city even when you’re offline. Information here is gathered from Wikipedia, among other sources to give you as much knowledge about the city as possible.
When you download the necessary files within the app for your desired location, you get access to basic navigation, things to see, eateries, hotels, and more without an internet connection. It makes sense to download all the required files when you’re leaving home so you don’t have to worry about gathering information in a new country.
The app will also help you out with some currency conversion, list of phrases indigenous to that particular region and more without an internet connection. The combination of these features make this a must have app on our list. It’s a free download, but comes with ads and in-app purchases.
This is a slightly different app than the ones we’ve mentioned above, but still a very handy tool for traveling sans internet. This app is designed to quickly save all the important topics, information on restaurants etc for your planned trip, while the browser extension allows you to sync all your desktop bookmarks with the mobile app. The app is simple and extremely useful for trips. It’s a free download from the Play Store with in-app purchases but no ads.
Here we’ve shown you seven of our favorite apps for travel. These can be used both offline and online, but the offline features often really come in handy when you’re going through areas where the network connection is spotty. This is why like Google Maps — it often downloads your route, so that when you do lose connection, you still get turn-by-turn directions.
Do you have a favorite app that you use for offline travel?