Top Apps For Traveling Like a Local

Urban Buddy

Cost: Free

Available On: iOS

Get the insider scoop with this question and answer-style app. Urban Buddy connects travelers with vetted locals who will answer any of your questions, regardless of specificity, in less than two minutes. It’s like a concierge on the go, and can offer suggestions on where to eat, the best way to get there, and also features recommendations, reservation booking, and discounts to local businesses.

 

Field Trip

Cost: Free

Available On: iOS, Android

This app is like a private tour guide, alerting you to nearby points of interest including food, drink, architecture, history and more. It draws from websites like Zagat and Atlas Obscura so it offers only the highest user-rated experiences. It uses your current location to hone in on local experiences and will notify you as things pop up so you don’t have to waste your day staring at a screen.

 

Vayable

Cost: Free

Available On: iOS

Immerse yourself in the lives of a locals with the help of Vayable. This app offers handcrafted local tours as specific as “How To Eat Like A Local in Paris.” It will pair you with a local tour guide who will show you the authentic side of the place you’re visiting. This app is still growing, as of right now it is only offered in New York, Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome and San Francisco.

 

Speak and Translate

Cost: Free

Available On: iOS

Nothing makes you feel like more of a local than being able to speak in the native language. Speak and Translate is the travel app we’ve all been waiting for, it’s a look into the future offering real-time translation via voice or type. It also allows you to save phrases and have them read back to you so you can learn to speak the language rather than just translate. This app finally takes away the frantic flipping through a translation dictionary.

 

Localfu

Cost: $5

Available On: Internet

So not an app per se, Localfu still made our list because it really is that great. This à la carte travel planner partners travelers with local experts that can help with everything from nightlife plans to family-friendly adventures. The best part though, is that after you select what you want to do they’ll send you an entire travel plan with addresses, images, and apps. Localfu also pairs you with people like you so that when you ask for suggestions you can be confident it will be something you’ll enjoy. Although it’s a website, your travel plan is mobile friendly so you can take your itinerary with you.

 

The Transit App

Cost: Free

Available On: iOs

To feel like a true local, you must travel like a local and The Transit App lets you do just that. With real-time alerts and planning you can find the fastest route to where you want to go in most major cities around the world. When you select a destination The Transit App offers up several suggestions on how to get there, and has awesome features like alarms to alert you when to get off a subway, real-time transit schedules, and downloadable maps so you can know where to go before you set out.

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