Smartphone instead of paper and plastic, i.e. holiday applications

I have quite a few years on my neck, so I remember well the times when the phone was used only for calling while traveling, and this was occasionally due to the cost of calls. All tickets had to be printed, the cash was kept in the sock, and the map was in the backpack. Each major trip required much more work and preparation than it is today. Now all you need to do is have a phone in your pocket, a few zlotys on your account and Internet access.

mO Citizen is the basis

I must admit that not everything in our beautiful country works as it should, but the mObywat application is a notable exception. For several years now, I have not been a fan of keeping a pile of documents in my wallet, so this app was tailored perfectly to my needs. I keep my ID card (which is honored, for example, by railway lines), driving license and registration document (which may be useful during the inspection).

The most important thing, however, is that for several days in the application I also have the EU Covid Certificate, which is respected by all EU countries.

Accommodation & hairsp; – & hairsp; where, how?

It is worth having all your reservations and tickets at hand at every trip. I try to be a cautious traveler, so before leaving, I always install the applications I need, but also download the necessary documents in PDF format.

When it comes to accommodation, I used the app the most. It allows you to search for places to sleep and make payments, and then manage your booking. Of course, you will also find accommodation confirmation there along with the most important information about the hotel. Over the years, this application has evolved, thanks to which you can also buy a flight or rent a car.

Most of the big accommodation websites have their own app, so of course you have to download the appropriate one. They all have similar functions and most often differ only in appearance. Airbnb is also worth mentioning, thanks to which you can find accommodation from private people, which is often not only cheaper, but also the location itself can be much more interesting.

An alternative for many is looking for accommodation for free. This way of traveling and exploring the world is becoming more and more popular every year. The CouchSurfing application will not only allow you to find a person who will share your apartment, room or sofa, but also we will be able to become the hosts.

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What about tickets? These can also be kept on the smartphone

If you can’t stay at home and dream of a trip to some distant country, you will almost certainly fly there.

A good practice, in addition to downloading PDF documents, is to install the airline’s application. There you will also find your ticket, you will be able to manage your booking, check if the flight has any delays, and you will also check in online. I do not want to list all available applications, because each carrier has its own, so I will honorably mention our home airline.

I don’t know if you are like that, but I have always had a problem with buying train tickets in other European countries. I remember that once I was looking for crossings in Germany and Italy and I completely couldn’t get my head on it all. That is why I have high hopes for the Omio application, which I found recently and, unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to test it in battle yet. You can book train, air and even ferry tickets in it in many European countries, Canada or the USA. This seems to be the solution to my problem.

Flixbus checking ticket

At this point, I could not skip the Flixbus application, which made my Italian adventure from a few years ago quite comfortable and stress-free. The features are rather standard & hairsp; – & hairsp; connection searches, reservations or electronic tickets & hairsp; – & hairsp; but with a large network of locations across Europe and great promotions on some journeys, it’s worth having it on your phone before traveling.

Trains are great for traveling around Poland, I used to use them regularly myself. For people who also like this means of transport, the BILKOM application, i.e. a creation of PKP, in which you can check the timetable and buy train tickets, will be a good choice.

SkyCash is a real combine for buying many digital tickets, such as rail, air or public transport tickets. In addition, in the application, we can pay for the highway, parking in the city or even pay for entry to the Tatra National Park. It is worth remembering that before leaving the car, put a sticker on the windshield informing you that you pay for parking via the application.

For more local trips and sightseeing in Polish cities, I sincerely recommend Jakdojade. Thanks to this application, you can easily check the most advantageous route to a given place (buses, trams, local railways), but also buy a ticket. A handy perk is showing delays in real time so you can better plan your trip.


It is worth securing your wallet and going only to good places

There is hardly a worse thing about leaving than limiting access to finances. On the other hand, I am not an advocate of keeping money in a sock, so I always have Revolut installed in addition to my banking applications.

Quite honestly, the prices for withdrawals or payments are often quite close to the banking ones, but this is my back-up app should any of the payment methods fail. Of course, I have a virtual card connected to Apple Pay.

Tripadvisor is an application that I always remember when I intend to travel abroad. When I was in Italy a few years ago, I only wanted to go to good restaurants, so I used the opinions on Google maps and this app, which is very popular in the world. There you can also check accommodation reviews and find interesting tourist attractions. It is worth spending a moment before leaving to optimize your trip.

As for a holiday, no papers, no money or plastic

In the case of domestic travel, virtually all documents and papers such as confirmations, reservations and tickets can be left at home. There is also no cash, although it is always worth having a few zlotys with you for a rainy day.

I really regret that traveling a dozen or so years ago was not so easy, because I would probably save a lot of time, nerves and money. Currently, it is enough to have a phone with you, and preferably a power bank, because the use of all these applications can effectively discharge it.

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