My favourite apps for minimalist travel

Hey there! I hope you’re having a good Monday. 🙂

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since I quit my job and started downsizing my life. I’ve been travelling outside the States for a year and a half now with everything I own fitting into a bag or two. Where does the time go? 🙂

I recently put together a video where I explain ten of my favourite travel apps so I wanted to share those with you here.

These are my favourite apps so far:

These apps are incredibly useful to me. All are free with the exception of the two marked with an asterisk:

  1. Facebook Messenger – for free phone calls and video messaging.
  2. Instagram – for networking with other like-minded vegan travellers.
  3. Snapseed – for editing photos on my phone.
  4. Google Maps – helps me find my way around a new city.
  5. Google Translate – so I can communicate with the locals.
  6. Trail Wallet* – helps me stick to a budget and keeps my spending in check.
  7. XE Currency Converter – lets me know the current value of my money.
  8. Nord VPN* – allows me to use country-specific apps (like Pandora) while travelling outside the US and lets me online securely.
  9. Relax Melodies – helps me sleep at night.
  10. Period Tracker by GP International LLC – keeps track of my period and lets me know when to expect it.

I hope these apps help you travel simply as well!

If you want to hear more about why I find these apps useful, check out my video:

What are your favourite travel apps?

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My 10 favourite minimalist travel essentials

Hello! If you are new to my blog, welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my posts. 🙂 In addition to this blog, I also have a YouTube channel where I post new videos every Wednesday. In today’s video, I share my 10 favourite minimalist travel essentials.

These items are incredibly handy during my travels. What makes them even better is that they help me move toward my zero waste goal, meaning they will last me a long time, they are reusable, and they help me minimise unnecessary rubbish. I also offer you tips to help you pack for your next adventure. Thanks for watching! 🙂

What are some of your travel essentials?

How do you cut back on waste?

Lessons learned from my 6-month trip.

Travelling through Europe by myself for the past six months was difficult. I enjoyed it but I’m not sure I’d want to do it again. If I had to travel alone again, I’d plan my trip much differently.

Planning in advance vs. flexible travel plans.

Since this was my first time travelling alone for an extended period of time, I made sure to plan everything well in advance. I booked all flights and most accommodations months before my trip. The major benefit to planning my trip this far in advance is that I saved money because waiting until the last minute to secure accommodations always means you’ll end up spending more (unless you are lucky and meet someone who’ll let you crash at their place for free, of course).

The downside to planning like this, however, is that my travel plans weren’t flexible. Some of the places I visited on this trip, like Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Split were incredible (mainly because of their markets!) and I wanted to stay in those locations longer, but I couldn’t since I already booked my accommodations elsewhere.

When I travel through Europe again next summer (with my boyfriend in tow), I’ll try to be more flexible when it comes to planning our travels in advance.

Cat-calling.

I’ve blogged about my frustrations with this previously: Travelling alone as a woman. This frustrated me to no end but unfortunately, it’s something that all women have to deal with on a daily basis. I honestly didn’t even consider this being an issue while travelling outside the US, but I should have expected it since I faced the same harassment in the States.

Researching accommodations on Airbnb.

For the most part, I had excellent experiences using Airbnb for all of my accommodations apart from my time in Berlin and Poland. I was fortunate enough to be hosted in Berlin by a vegan couple I met through Instagram and stayed with my boyfriend and his family for two weeks while in Poland. Check out my Airbnb travel tips if you are interested in using Airbnb for your next holiday.

Avoiding tourist hotspots.

I’ve learned that busy, tourist-filled cities aren’t for me. In the future, I plan to avoid Spain in the summer time (at least Barcelona!), Paris, and Berlin. My favourite destinations during this trip were Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Split. I’d be more than happy to stay in Slovenia or Croatia long-term!

I don’t want to travel alone anytime soon.

This is the biggest lesson I learned on this trip. When I left the States a year ago, I decided that I wanted to travel alone because I thought this would be the most challenging option for me. I’ve always been independent and pushed myself into difficult situations before, just to see if I could work it out. I don’t plan on travelling alone again, however, since my opinion of travelling alone changed once I met my boyfriend in Scotland (three months before I started this trip). Now I’d rather share these experiences with him.

Happiness is only real when shared. (Thanks to Into the Wild for that sentiment.)