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The Best Apps for Anxious Travelers

best apps for anxious travelers

Anxiety can wreck your travel day. If you suffer from anxiety at home, prepare yourself with specific tools to cope. It might be keeping your hands busy while on a plane or starting your morning with meditation before tackling a new city.

With smartphones becoming better and better, there is now plenty you can do to manage your stress on the go – especially with the abundance of apps on the market. We’ve chosen a few of the best apps for anxiety to check out:


Free, iPhone and Android

I recently discovered the excellent Zen app, which has a few components. Reflections are inspirational quotes that you can post to social media. Relax features background noise like trickling water, nature sounds, and white noise. Meditations features guided meditations that you can use for free or upgrade for additional versions.


Free, iPhone and Android

Fans of adult coloring books will also enjoy the Colorfy app. Choose different designs and the touch screen to fill in your chosen colors and textures. It takes up less room than those traditional coloring books and utensils!


Free, iPhone and Android

Headspace is a company that provides mental health assistance for people who may not need a traditional therapist but they also have an app called Take10. It provides you with 10 minutes of guided meditation per day. The app is free, but the complete service is available for a fee.

>>See how one traveler tackled her anxiety by traveling.

Worry Watch

$1.99 USD, iPhone

Journal your inner worries in the Worry Watch app, which allows you to later follow up and track the situations based on outcome. This way, you can see what situations create the worst anxiety. It’s available on all of your Apple devices and can be used offline.


Free, iPhone and Android

Similar to the features of the Apple Health app, Pacifica can track your mood, health, goals, and thoughts. It also has techniques to calming your mind, whether it’s patterned breathing or mindful meditation.

Amazon Prime Music

Free, iPhone and Android

As an iPhone user, I am not a huge fan of Apple Music, but now my music player of choice is the Amazon Prime Music app. I’m already a Prime member, so it’s included with my yearly fee. They make great playlists and you can also create your own of your favorite calming music. Nick Drake is perhaps my favorite calming musician, but PopSugar also has a great list.

White Noise

Free, iPhone and Android

If you have trouble sleeping like I do, especially on planes and in transit, White Noise can block out the snorers, honking horns, and loud music. Choose from multiple tracks of background noise to soothe you. The app also includes multiple alarms that will wake you up in a less jarring manner. There are also upgraded options for an additional fee.

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Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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