Useful Travel Apps for the Camino


Recommended (highly!)
(
for both men, and women)

I have the first edition of these:
the Topo Athletic Hydroventure 1 Trail Running Shoe.
(there might now be a discounted price for this first edition)

I’ve always been an ankle-high boots person for the Camino.
But these fantastic trail runners changed my mind.
They’re both sturdy & comfortable, on the trails—and on long urban walks.

Runners are experts at protecting the feet.
And on the long Camino journey, your feet are everything.
(although,
spirit matters too…)
—Jean Christie

Topo Athletic Hydroventure 2 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

 
 
 
 

The Best Weather Apps for the Camino


Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
Whether the weather be dry,
Whether the weather be not;
We must weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

— Anonymous (British)


AEMET

AEMET is an acronym for "Agencia Estatal de Meteorología."
Spanish government weather app (Spanish language), and it's free.

If you don't speak a word of Spanish, don't worry.
The app is easy to use, thanks to clear navigation within the app, and the use of simple icons and images.

The reviews are a bit mixed as of this writing (hopefully issues will be fixed in future updates).

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.


 Weather Mate (free)

Android — I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play storean alternative, highly-rated free app is here.

NOTE
For me, it was worth it to spend $2 (as of this writing) to get rid of the annoying ads on this free version for an iPhone.
Because it's a weather app, there's already a lot of information to view on the screen.

That's why I got the...

Weather Mate PRO

Android — I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play storean alternative, highly-rated free app is here.

iPhone TIP

I recommend deleting the free version before downloading the Pro version, if you try the free version first (like I did).

Here’s why:

On an iPhone, you can upgrade to "Pro" by clicking a link in the free version of this app, but then it's a separate download for the Pro—and the icons look exactly the same. In other words, you'll see two icons, looking exactly the same, side-by-side. Confusing!
—Jean Christie


The Best Money Exchange Rate App for Travelers

XE

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

Be sure to refresh XE to update currency exchange rates (open the app when you have a wifi connection).

NOTE

I've used XE to get currency exchange rates for years and years—even before smartphones were born!
  I've been satisfied using their app too.

This is the
free version of the app, and it has advertising.
Unlike some free apps, I didn't find the
XE ads intrusive. 
You should
get the XE PRO if you want to avoid all ads.

—Jean Christie

XE PRO

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.


The Best Units Converter App to use on the Camino

Converter (unit conversions)

Android — I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play storean alternative, highly-rated app is here.

Here's how you can use this app for your Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, and also for related travel in Europe.
You can convert...

  • Length: Kilometers to Miles; Meters to Yards, Millimeters to Inches

  • Temperature: Celsius to Fahrenheit

  • Weights: Kilograms to Pounds, Grams to Ounces

  • Data: MB Megabytes to GB Gegabytes (example use: your phone's carrier plan has data limits)

  • Speed: km/h to mph (Kilometers per Hour to Miles per Hour—in case you drive)

...and many other categories of conversions that you might find useful whether traveling, at home, or work.

This is an excellent app, with a simple and clean design. You'll find it easy to use immediately.
It's been around since 2008; early days for the iPhone! 

One reviewer wrote that their older eyes loved this app.
Me too: I could actually see the results without my usual reading glasses!

NOTE
This app is free.
But it also has a "latest exchange rates" subscription option.
I got it: it's only .99¢ USD per year (at the time of this writing).
Yes, $0.99 USD. 
I so loved the app I wanted it to express my appreciation to the fellow who made the app,
 and $1.00 USD per year seemed a small price for such a well-designed and useful app.

—Jean Christie


The Best Calculator App for Traveling

CalcTape Paper Tape Calculator

Excellent app for Camino planning, like to add or subtract kilometers — or to keep track of your travel expenses.

Add text next to your numbers. 
Save & even sync your calculations to other devices.  
Print, email and/or export a calculation to other apps, like Dropbox or Box. 

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.


The Best App to Find Accommodations on the Camino

Booking.com Travel Deals

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

Nearly 160,000 people rated this app 4.8 out of 5 stars.

And I agree.
I first heard about this app several years ago from a Spanish pilgrim, while hiking the Vía de la Plata route.
Sure enough, I found affordable accommodations while on-the-go for the rest of my journey.

For “Newbies”
Sometimes pilgrim-specific places to stay on the Camino are fully booked.
Or, you may want an occasional break from the communal living style at pilgrims' accommodations.)

Booking.com

I’m a fan of Booking.com for travel deals, so I’ve become an affiliate partner with them.
At no extra cost to you, I earn a small commission if you make a reservation on their website.
Because this site is reader supported, it helps — Thanks :-)


The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Apps for Travelers
 

You'll have no problem finding meat dishes in Spain and France.
 But a lot of people prefer Vegan or Vegetarian restaurants at home or while traveling—including while walking the Camino.  
Here are a couple of apps to help find them.


HappyCow Find Vegan Food

Find restaurants and health food stores (180 countries), read reviews of what others say, and more... 
A highly rated app!

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.


Vanilla Bean Vegan Restaurants

A new source to find Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants world-wide. If you have the storage space in your mobile phone, get this one too... 

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.


The Best Vegetarian Recipe App

Green Kitchen

It's great fun to cook meals with others at pilgrim accommodations,
and a vegan/vegetarian app might inspire you with its healthy recipes!

Android —   I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play store — an alternative, highly-rated app is here.


The Best Vegetarian Recipe eBooks

Enjoy Cooking With Others in the Communal Kitchens in Camino Albergues

It’s fun to create dinners with other pilgrims, and an ebook recipe book can help with the shopping and preparations—especially when creating meals with folks who speak different languages!

Pictures are worth a thousand words!


How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

For Mark Bittman fans How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.
(link will take you to Apple Books).

You can also get the Kindle book on Amazon:

 
 

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

Another highly-rated Kindle book (that you can carry without weight on your Camino journey!).