Everything you need to travel: the best apps, software and websites
Here you will find over 100 tools that make traveling easier. The ultimate list of tools, websites, technical equipment, apps, credit cards and insurance.
Apps, software, websites: the best tools and information sources for your journey
The following compilation is constantly updated.
Currently available links to help you plan your trip: 132
You are more concerned with the equipment? Here you can find my packing list for Southeast Asia .
Maybe I'm a bit old-fashioned, but I still buy a guide when I travel to a new country for the first time. Although there is a lot of information in the meantime also on the Internet, but I like in the evening in bed, on the sofa or in the train in such a book to browse. Then I usually find things that I might not have searched for on the net.
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| || My own guide |
In addition to my publications here on the page, I have also written some guides. The ebooks Faszination Thailand and Faszination Vietnam offer an optimal preparation for a trip to the respective countries.
" 555 Tips for Bangkok" is a comprehensive insider's guide. It is available as a printed book and as an eBook. He is also available at Bol.com . But of course I'm more pleased if you order it directly from me.
| || Travel guide by Stefan Loose |
For the classic travel guides, the orange manuals by Stefan Loose are number one for me, at least as far as Southeast Asia is concerned. Whether Thailand, Myanmar or Vietnam - the offer is huge.
Here is the overview on Bol.com . Or you order free shipping (within Germany) directly from the publisher .
| || Travel Guide of Lonely Planet |
The most famous travel guide in the world is Lonely Planet. Also for Southeast Asia are a number of good titles on offer. For me a small disadvantage compared to Loose: The books are distributed in English worldwide. The "demand" for the tips contained in it is correspondingly large.
There are the books on Bol.com or directly from the publisher .
| || More classic travel guides |
There are more good Southeast Asian travel guides from Reise Know-How and Dumont . The books of Marco Polo provide information in compressed form.
| || Travel Guide of Indojunkie |
The Indojunkies Melissa and Petra have published a whole series of exciting Indonesia books. The best known is "122 Things to do in Bali" (click here to order the eBook or the book directly from the authors or look here at Bol.com ). Other good titles are "Surf Bali" ( eBook , book , book Bol.com ) and the only German-speaking Sulawesi travel guide ( eBook , book , book Bol.com ).
| || Travel guide Home is where your bag is |
Tobi and Marcel spend most of the year in Thailand or Indonesia. Their knowledge they have processed in some great books. For example, in the only German->directly from the authors or look here at Bol.com ).
Other island guides are available on Koh Phangan (as an eBook or book directly from the authors or on Bol.com ) and Koh Samui (as an eBook or book from the authors or Bol.com ).
| || More travel guides for travel bloggers |
If you want to travel as a backpacker, but you still have a lot of questions, I recommend you the book "No Worries: Backpacking for beginners."
Another very helpful book has been published by Carina of Pink Compass: Women Travel Solo: The Guide to Traveling Women.
Are you interested in the topic "traveling with children"? Jenny of Wonder Woman is co-author of the Family Travel Guide .
Interesting travel guides are there, among other things to Nusa Penida and Sri Lanka .
You should also take care of the topic of finances before you travel. It's not just budget planning, it's choosing the right credit card. So you can save a lot of money while traveling.
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| || currency converter |
For years, I've been using the Finanz100 app ( iOS / Android ) on my smartphone. On the web, for example, Oanda is recommended.
| || Trail Wallet |
On the go I often use the app Trail Wallet (currently only iOS) to keep track of my finances. So I see at any time how much I have spent on the day or on the entire journey.
| Credit card comparison |
Really much working time I have invested in this credit card comparison. You will get an overview of the best travel credit cards there. In addition, there are explained backgrounds for paying in non-European foreign countries and you get plenty of tips to save money.
| || Santander |
The best credit cards for travel in Southeast Asia since April 2016 belongs to the Santander credit card . This allows you to withdraw cash at all ATMs free of charge and unlike any other card currently available, you will be reimbursed for the foreign charges on application. The advantages of the card I have summarized in an article above for the best travel credit card for Thailand and Southeast Asia. There you will find out how you can already save around 25-30 euros during a three-week holiday with Santander.
| || DKB |
A good travel credit card also offers the DKB and a fine checking account. For students, it also adds the international ISIC card for one year. With it you can save a lot of money while traveling. (Details in the above article)
| || comdirect |
You can also withdraw free of charge with the credit card from comdirect . For new customers, there is usually a financial welcome bonus.
(Details in the above article)
| || N26 |
Also attractive is the offer of the N26 Bank . Especially the app offers a whole range of innovative features.
(Details in the above article)
| || Noris Bank |
The Norisbank offers an interesting free checking account. Unfortunately, the credit line can not be increased by bank transfers.
(Details in the above article)
| || Advanzia |
The card of the Advanzia is worth a second ticket , for example next to DKB and comdirect, to pay in Southeast Asia directly with the card in restaurants or hotels free of charge.
(Details in the above article)
| || ADAC |
The ADAC credit card is chargeable, but you can save money with discounts on car rentals and tank sales, as well as insurance benefits. Therefore, you should calculate before completion, whether or from when this is worth it for you.
(Details in the above article)
Here I am gradually adding new tools to help you plan a longer journey.
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| || Caya |
You are planning a world tour or want to tour South East Asia for several months, but do not know where to go with your mail? CAYA is your digital mailbox. Just forward your mail to CAYA while you're away. It will automatically be scanned in and placed in your digital mailbox. Via the website or the app, you have access to your letters at any time and stay up-to-date even in the most beautiful beach. Of course, your post will be permanently archived for free, so you can access it even after your travels.
Thanks to flight search engines such as Skyscanner or Momondo it is now very easy to find cheap flights. If the price is too high, you can see the cost of each day of the month in the overview or links from nearby alternative airports.
Incidentally, if the price difference is not too big, I often book directly with the airlines and not with third-party providers. Then it will be easier or cheaper, if something has to be reposted.
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| || Skyscanner |
Skyscanner is still the most popular flight search engine I use. In recent years, I have booked numerous flights through the platform (here you can find my Skyscanner test report ).
| || Momondo |
I also often use Momondo when I'm looking for a cheap curse. Again, I have booked many flights (and here is my Momondo test report) .
| || Emirates |
Emirates is an attractive option for many travelers. From Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and Zurich, many destinations in Southeast Asia are served - with transfers in Dubai. Partly with the A380.
| || Lufhansa |
Among other things, Lufthansa flies non-stop from Frankfurt to Bangkok and Singapore.
| || Singapore Airlines |
Several times a week, Singapore Airlines flies nonstop from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich to Singapore. The airport there is an important hub in Southeast Asia and is particularly suitable for further travel to Indonesia and Malaysia.
| || Etihad |
Ethiad Airways offers many great deals . From Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich or Zurich - many flights to Abu Dhabi - will serve many Southeast Asian destinations.
| || euro Wings |
Currently Eurowings flies several times a week from Cologne to Bangkok. However, the airline relocates its long-distance connections to Dusseldorf. At the end of October, the first non-stop flights from Dusseldorf to Bangkok will take place.
In addition, I have created a whole series of guides :
Many years ago, flight search engines changed the travel market and made a decisive contribution to simplifying individual planning and making it cheaper. Only in recent years has the opportunity to book bus, train and ferry tickets for Southeast Asia online. And the range of available routes is getting bigger. This way, times and costs can always be determined more precisely.
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| || 12go |
Fast-growing ticket portal for Southeast Asia. Available at 12Go are bus, ferry and train tickets and airline tickets.
Started with Thailand, there are now tickets for Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, India and the Philippines. And almost daily, new low-cost connections are added.
| || Baolau |
One of the best portals to book cheap train, boat and bus tickets for Vietnam is Baolau . The offer is being expanded and there are already tickets for Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
| || Bus Online Ticket Thailand |
If you have not found a ferry or bus connection in Thailand at 12go, you should check out BusOnlineTicket Thailand . The site also has a lot of connections on offer.
| || Bus Online Ticket Malaysia |
The BusOnlineTicket Malaysia site offers a variety of cheap bus, train and ferry tickets for Malaysia and Singapore.
| || Easy Book |
A wide selection of bus, ferry and train tickets for Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand is provided by the Easybook website .
| || Tiket.com |
If you want to go to Indonesia, you should visit Tiket.com . There are not only a lot of flight, bus and ferry connections. Most offers are also very cheap.
| || Cleartrip |
A good booking portal for India is the page Cleartrip . The offer includes airline tickets as well as train tickets.
| || Over |
With Uber you can order a taxi in many places via App. The prices are usually cheaper than the traditional taxis.
| || dig |
The same goes for Grab , Uber's biggest competitor in the industry.
| || Rental Cars |
You need a rental car in Southeast Asia? Rental Cars compares the offers of many renowned providers.
More information can be found here:
When I first started traveling to Southeast Asia, it was normal to look around for a place to stay and decide spontaneously how long the stay will take and when it will continue.
But now the vast majority of travelers book their accommodations on platforms like Agoda or Booking.com. The result: Many of the popular accommodations are sold out, especially in the high season, which in turn means that even more people reserve in advance. And, what surprised me a little, on the net, prices are often lower than at the reception.
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| || Agoda |
For me, Agoda is the # 1 locator for accommodation in Southeast Asia. When I travel there I usually find the largest offer and the lowest prices. Here is my Agoda review .
| || Booking.com |
Also very good is the hotel search engine from Booking.com . The selection for Southeast Asia is a little smaller than Agoda but still huge. With many offers you can cancel until shortly before the trip. Here is my booking.com review .
| || Hostelworld |
The Hostelworld portal specializes in cheap accommodation. Rooms in hostels are available, including single dorm beds.
| || TripAdvisor |
Tripadvisor probably has the widest range of reviews of hotels, tours and destinations. You can partly book accommodation directly via the platform.
| || AirBnB |
Also in Southeast Asia you can try to book a room in a private apartment via AirBnB . Many offers from professional providers can be found in the offer. If you sign up via this link, you will receive a starting balance of up to 34, - €.
| || CouchSurfing |
Also a platform for private accommodation is couchsurfing . In contrast to AirBnB free, but you have to offer but also sleeps with you.
More and more providers of tours and excursions put their program on the net. The benefit: on platforms like Get Your Guide or Viator, you can compare tours and read participants' reviews.
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| || Get Your Guide |
One of the best tour platforms in Southeast Asia is Get Your Guide . Whether city tour or snorkel tour, here you can comfortably book your holiday experiences online and read in advance the reviews of other travelers.
| || rent-a-guide |
Another steadily growing portal is rent-a-guide . While the platform for targets in Europe such as Rome or Madrid is already very strong, there is still room for improvement in Southeast Asia. But already now you can book numerous tours from different providers.
| || Viator |
The Viator platform is part of Tripadvisor and offers a truly huge range of Southeast Asia travel tours, whether hot air balloon over Bagan or Giant Wheel in Singapore. But also cooking classes and boat tours are offered.
| || With locals |
On the With Locals page, you can book guided tours of local private individuals. Or get to know the local cuisine together with them.
| || Backpacker Pack Tripps |
On the BackpackerPack Tripps side you can book guided backpacker tours. Period: a few days to two weeks.
I use the following apps and programs regularly during my travel planning.
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| || Google Maps |
You probably know that too: you're planning a trip to a country you've never been to, and you're constantly flirting with new city names that you do not remember and that you certainly can not pronounce. To at least keep their situation, I put myself on Google Maps on a map in which I save them as pinheads.
| || Citymaps 2 go |
Paid app that lets you download and use offline maps. Here it goes to iOS and here to Android .
| || Rome 2 Rio |
Great site. With Rome 2 Rio you can find routes and bus connections as well as check distances. Is also available as an app.
| || Evernote |
I am not planning a trip without the note program Evernote . Whether packing list, important information or route ideas, here you can save everything. With the help of the web clipper, which you can install as an add-on in the browser, it is possible to save articles from internet pages together with photos and tag them with keywords (eg #Thailand, #Krabi). With the paid premium version, you can even share individual notebooks with your travel partner.
| || dropbox |
Dropbox is a (limited) free online store. Here you can - provided good internet connection - for example, photos on the way secure.
| || Google Drive |
Another way to save data online is Google Drive . In addition, documents can be edited together.
| || 1password |
With 1Password you can save your passwords. It syncs with your other devices. Very helpful.
At the most beautiful goals but dissatisfied with the photos? Here are some tips on how to make your pictures better in the future.
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| || Photo course from 22places |
If you really want to learn to shoot better, the 22places Photography Course is the way to go. In 59 lessons with 40 videos, you will learn everything from the basics of technology to image design and image editing. Very worthwhile!
| || Drone course from My-road |
Drones are currently in, but only a few get the most out of their aircraft. The online course of travel bloggers Bina and Francis creates the basics and gives real expert tips.
| || Edit pictures online |
On the website of the photo provider Shutterstock you have a free image editor . This allows you to edit, crop or filter images online. Even texts you can easily incorporate in the photos. In addition, you have the ability to change image formats , reduce the size of images or create collages .
The topic of health should be included in your travel planning right from the start. This concerns both the correct provision (vaccinations Co) as well as the first-aid kit and the conclusion of an insurance, the treatment costs on the spot and in the worst case reimbursed the return transport.
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| || travel pharmacy |
Before you travel to Southeast Asia, you should have a few thoughts on the first aid kit. In this article you will find tips and information.
| || Shop Pharmacy |
Whether mosquito repellent, painkillers or ointments, before long journeys are usually some purchases necessary. I have compared and found that at the shop pharmacy some things were up to 30 percent cheaper than at Bol.com or the pharmacy in the neighborhood.
Exclusively for readers of Fascination Southeast Asia, there is a whopping 10% discount on travel on this page until 30.11.2019. Coupon code: travel set101019 (only 1 x per customer usable, no cash payment)
| || Comparison calculator travel health insurance / cancellation insurance |
Here you will find a handy comparison calculator that contains what I believe are the best travel insurances. You simply enter your age and the duration of the journey, and you can already see the different rates in the overview.
If you need some information in advance, you should read this article . Incidentally, in addition to the travel health insurance, you can also find out about the costs for a cancellation insurance, a travel cancellation insurance or a luggage insurance there.
| || Hanse Merkur |
The international health insurance of the Hanse Merkur is regularly assessed as good.
| || STA Travel |
STA Travel's international health insurance offers many benefits for young travelers.
| || Center for travel medicine |
Background information and up-to-date reports on topics such as dengue, malaria and Zika are available at CRM .
| || German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health |
Here you can find doctors in your area who give you the best advice about which vaccinations are really necessary before you travel.
Even the countries of Southeast Asia are not free of conflicts. Therefore, you should inform yourself before your trip about the current situation.
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| Safe travel |
Good app from the Foreign Office in Germany. Including current safety instructions, "What to do in an emergency" and where-is-me-function. Here for iOs and here for Android .
| || assets: |
On my travels, I always have a lot of camera equipment, a notebook etc. included. All this I have included in the photography insurance of Aktivas . Although this costs me around 100, - € a year, but I am internally more relaxed, if I leave the things in the evening in my wooden bungalow, whose door almost already falls over reputation.
General safety tips
To inform about the current situation in the countries of Southeast Asia:
- the German Foreign Office
- the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Whether it's a good backpack, a space-saving sleeping bag or a practical packbag, those who travel a lot should put a lot of value on good equipment. On the following platforms you will find everything you need.
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| || Bol.com |
(Almost everything you need to travel can be found on Bol.com .
| || Globetrotter |
Highly recommended, however, is the mail order company Globetrotter , which also has some branches in major German cities. Especially when buying backpacks, it pays to try them in the store.
| || Decathlon |
Low prices and a wide selection - that's what Decathlon stands for. There are branches in many cities, but you can also order online at any time.
| || mountaineers |
A wide range of trekking and travel accessories as well as outdoor articles are available for mountain lovers .
| || Trunki |
A great selection of children's suitcases, bags and seats is offered by the Trunki brand. Look here in the overview .
You want to remember your trip or let friends and family share it? Then put a few texts and pictures into the net. Here's how it works:
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| || WordPress |
Fascination Southeast Asia was created with Wordpress and most other blogs as well. Those who travel the world longer than the classic holiday season will find here the best tools to report on the go.
| || TRASTY |
You do not want to write so much, but rather just share the most beautiful photos? Then take a look at the new platform TRASTY . There it is very easy to upload your pictures and provide them with signatures as well as some travel information. Then you can share your smart travel page on Facebook via Facebook or email it to friends and family.
| || MyPostcard |
You are looking for a mixture of modern and classic? Then take a look at the app MyPostcard (here for iOS and here for Android ). There you can upload your travel pictures and create your own postcard. This will then be sent out from Germany and will most likely arrive before you return home.
| || Day One |
If you prefer to collect the memories just for you, then the Day One diary app ( iOS / Android ) might be for you. Whether text or picture notes, here you can save everything that is important to you.
You still do not know exactly where your next trip should go? Then let yourself be inspired a little. There are beautiful photos on networks like Pinterst or Instagram. And also on this page you will find a variety of interesting ideas.
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| || Instagram |
Take beautiful holiday pictures on the way, if necessary with a filter and then share them with friends. That's fun. Here is my Instagram profile .
| || Pinterest |
Boredom in the office or a rainy Sunday? At Pinterest, you can take photos of the most beautiful places in the world and then add them to your own bulletin boards. For example, you can create a bucket list for yourself. Here is my Pinterest profile .
| || Audio Books |
A good way to get inspired is with audiobooks. Whether driving, in the train, on the Cross-Trainer or relaxed on the sofa: Never before has it been so easy to gather new ideas for your next trip and to learn a lot more interesting facts. There are now countless great travel books that you can listen to. Especially large is the selection at Audible. For example, in "A Journey Through Thailand," the two authors take you on a bike ride through Chinatown in Bangkok, a cooking school in Chiang Mai, and a boat ride in Phang Nga Bay. A good start for Thailand newcomers. But of course there are many more titles to other countries and cities.
Do you have more tips for this list?