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Traveling solo is an empowering experience, as it helps you
realize what you’re capable of while allowing you to strengthen your
relationship with yourself. That being said, it can get lonely on the road at
times, and navigating unfamiliar terrain can be tricky. To help make your next
adventure on your own a success, here are the top apps for solo travelers.
Although currently in beta, Wandermates aims to connect solo
travelers from around the world based on shared interests. You can click “Find
An Activity Buddy” to search travelers who have posted meetups about canyoning,
kayaking, cycling and other adventure activities, or simply “Meet A Solo
Traveler” to see who’s in your area. If you don’t see any meetups of interest,
create your own. Browse their list of “Wandermateys” (solo travelers) to see
what other solo travelers are up to. Best of all, it’s free to signup.
Available on iOS and Android, CouchSurfing is a free app
with a variety of uses to solo travelers. First of all, solo travelers looking
to save money on accommodation (a hotel room is much more expensive for a
single person than two travelers), CouchSurfing allows you to stay at a local’s
home free of charge. If you’re not interested in a homestay experience, solo
travelers can also use CouchSurfing’s forums to post about meetups, attend
events, and connect with other travelers and locals in the area. It’s a great
way to enjoy the freedom of solo travel while choosing when you want to be
What do you get when you mix Facebook with HostelBookers? A
social hostel-booking app called WeHostels. This free tool is available on both
iOS and Android, and allows solo travelers to search the city they’ll be
traveling to for hostels, with the ability to see the profiles of other users
staying there. Once you book a hostel through the app, you’ll be able to
communicate with these people before you arrive, arranging outings beforehand.
With over 50,000 accommodations in 800 cities, you have a great chance of
finding a fun and social hostel.
This free iOS and Android app uses location technology to
help you find nearby friends. Banjo bundles all your social networks (including
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and LinkedIn) for a real-time stream
of updates to see what friends are up to and get notifications when they’re
near. Users can also search places by keyword and browse events to see what’s
going on in the destination and who has checked in around town. With over
500,000 active monthly users, you’re sure to find some interesting people and
Often, solo travelers enjoy immersing themselves in local
culture (while also saving money), which is where LocalEats comes in. A $0.99
app available on iOS and Android, users can see top local restaurants (no
chains included), meal deals and menus. Additionally, the app allows you to
browse by price, cuisine, restaurant amenities or neighborhood, and even helps
you get there by calling a taxi, providing driving directions and showing a
local area map.
This offline maps app is available for $2.99 on iOS and
Android, and ensures solo travelers can always navigate themselves back to a
safe place. You won’t need to worry about having Wi-Fi or spending a fortune on
data to figure out where you are, as City Maps2Go works completely offline and
includes over 6,700 interactive maps (unlimited downloads allowed), ability to
search addresses on maps while offline, and travel guides and attraction
write-ups via Wikipedia.
We’d be remiss if you didn’t mention our very own app. Before
your next trip, download the RoamRight app to help you before and during your
travels. Some features, like medical phrase translations and the international medication directory are available to all users. If you have a RoamRight travel insurance policy, though, you can do much more. You can create a list of places you plan to visit, learn about the security
situation of your destination, find out about immunization and entry
requirements, quickly locate embassy contact information, view other important
information about your destination and more!
Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie On A Journey. You can also connect with Jessica directly on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, or follow her epicurean adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
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