Tips: Best Mobile Apps for Traveling (in Asia)

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Let's be real here, there's an app for everything and with so many in the app stores nowadays, it's hard to know which ones are worth downloading and hoarding your phone memory for. After having traveled quite extensively in Asia (East/SEA), I've compiled a list of some of my favourite apps to use when I'm on the go! 

*These are purely my own recommendations and not sponsored*


MOBILE APPS FOR GENERAL travel use 

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Currency Converter

Free (Apple)

Super simple and intuitive design that shows you the conversion of currencies. The app also has a widget for added convenience!

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Google Maps

Free (Apple) (Android)

For all my fellow directionally-challenged people, need I say more about our trusty Maps friend? Plus, you can pin your own destinations to make maps for your travels.

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Citymapper

Free (Apple) (Android)

Best for Seoul + Singapore

Where Google Maps fails you, Citymapper is your best friend. Provides alternate routes, transit wait times, and even subway maps.

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Uber/Grab

Free (Uber Apple) (Uber Android) (Grab Apple) (Grab Android)

Most of us are no stranger to Uber in North America, but Grab is more prominent if you're traveling in places like Singapore or Malaysia.

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Splitwise

Free (Apple) (Android)

If you're traveling with friends, this app is great for tracking your shared expenses. Super user-friendly and has a variety of options like separating trips and organizing expenses by currency.

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Carrot Rewards

Free (Apple) (Android) *only available for BC, ON, NL residents*

An app that rewards you in the form of loyalty points for the number of steps you clock in each day. You'll be walking a lot, so take advantage and convert that workout into points!

 

MOBILE APPS FOR FOOD FINDING

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Openrice

Free (Apple) (Android)

Best for Hong Kong

The #1 app in the city if you're looking for food recommendations which come in both English and Chinese. I use this religiously haha

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Burpple

Free (Apple) (Android)

Best for Singapore

Other than blogs, I frequent this app which has well-curated restaurant lists and a great community of bloggers behind the reviews.

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MangoPlate

Free (Apple) (Android)

Best for South Korea

The best app for restaurant finds in the country! Save your "Wannagos" easily and search for food in any Korean city.

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Yogiyo 

(배달요기요)

Free (Apple) (Android)

Best for South Korea

Delivery food is the BEST in South Korea - so take advantage of it! Even if you can't read Korean, there are multiple guides out there to help you navigate (here)(here).

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Uber Eats

Free (Apple) (Android)

Best for Singapore

Although some of you might be familiar with Uber Eats in North America, I was surprised to find that Uber Eats is also quite good for food delivery in Singapore.


And that does it for me, folks. I hope these apps will help you on the road! Feel free to let me know in the comments if I've missed any cool/important travel apps :)

 
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