Best 10 Apps for your Travel to the Philippines
If you have never Traveled to the Philippines, you are in for a treat. Its a very Beautiful country full of Islands and Ocean views. The Summer breeze is enough to make you stay forever. When you first get off the airplane, you’ll be amazed at the locals and how kind they can be. Very helpful, and they understand English very well. Once you get outside you maybe thinking to catch an Uber or Lift to your destination only to realize Uber and Lift don’t operate in this area.
Many tourist find that their favorite trustworthy apps have not made it out to the Philippines, but they may have alternative apps that can do the same things your favorite apps do for you. I listed 10 apps I believe you will need in the Philippines that you can use right away.
10 Best Apps
#1 Food Panda : Food delivery App
Food Panda is the go to for food delivery, very similar to Uber Eats, only they will deliver your food on motor bikes sometimes. Mostly car delivery but I did experience many motorbike deliveries. This app is amazing as it shows the food in the area and allows you to put in special requests.
#2 Grab : Transportation app
This app is similar to Uber and Lift. When I first arrived to Philippines I actually had the chance to use Uber a few times before it was completely shut off. Uber eventually bought Grab, and partnered since Grab has all the customer base in Asia and Uber couldn’t really compete. Can’t beat them Join them. Grab is also a great app alternative with some features Uber doesn’t even have, like the ability to text your driver in real time, and build travel points.
#3 Currency Calculator
This is obvious. Nothing special but I really found using a currency calculator helped me save money and understand costs better in Philippines.
I know this app is one of the many Hotel, Flight, Booking apps, but I promise you I’m not getting paid to say this. Priceline was treating me good over in asia. I honestly booked over 40 hotels, never had a problem, and also I was able to get multiple deals. Resorts and Hotels use Priceline lot.
#5 Air Asia
Airplane booking app, very affordable prices for those who want to see all that Philippines has to offer. I recommend the Air Asia flights because they are affordable for a first class ( front of plane) seating you can get your tickets for under $150 when traveling to any island. Mostly I paid $200 for 2 tickets first class, and comes with luggage, and food.
#6 Trip Advisor :
Ultimate Travel App great for finding 5 star restaurants and things to do. I ended up taking advantage of the review sections of all the activities I wanted to get involved in. I was able to read other people experiences with certain things I wanted to do so I could learn ahead of time how to approach each situation. WiFi was a big problem find in El Nido, which I talk more about in this article Trouble finding fast wifi in the Philippines? Thankfully Trip Advisor was there to help me find it, and avoid driving 1 hour out of town.
#7 Google Maps
So this should be obvious but you’d be surprised how many people would travel and not have a clue where they are or where they are going. You don’t want to have the taxi driver driving in circles racking up the bill. So pay attention to your surroundings with Google Maps. You can download the Philippines map on wifi at your hotel if you have trouble with signal.
Yes, you just don’t understand how complicated it can be looking for a hotel in the middle of nowhere. So this is where airbnb comes off the benches and helps to win the game. The best part about airbnb overseas is the prices just get cheaper because of the currency. Depending on which part of Philippines you are traveling they may have a lot of airbnb rentals or they may have little to none so have it all planned out before you go.
#9 Google Translate
For Languages and especially Tagalog the Filipino language. Unless you already speak Tagalog, you may want to bring your translator because everyone doesn’t speak English. Try to learn quickly how to understand gestures.
Last but definitely not least a weather app. Imagine going to the beach, then seeing rain clouds. You can find yourself buried under rainfall for hours because you had no clue the weather would change so fast. Its very accurate and I even recommend downloading a earthquake alert app or finding a page on twitter to follow Earthquakes happen out of nowhere in Philippines, so stay safe and be aware.
So in summary, you don’t want to get caught off guard and be unprepared for the journey ahead of you in the Philippines. Download these cool apps, to help you with productivity while your adventuring new places.