Top 20 Travel Friendly Apps

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Listpiration TravelFill up your phone with new applications before taking off on your next trip! With so many iPhone and Android apps available, finding the best ones isn’t always easy. If you’re planning a trip to knock some items off your own bucket list, here are twenty useful mobile applications worth downloading.

Whether you are searching for ways to get around, discover new things to do, places to visit, or how to stay connected on the go, I hope you find these helpful:

* indicates availability in the iPhone App Store only.

GETTING AROUND:

  • Google Maps – Great app to get step by step written or verbal directions.
  • HopStop – Traveling via train, subway, bike, bus, ferry, or taxi? Get local transit directions.
  • Uber – Available in many cities, this is a super user friendly alternative to getting around. First time using Uber? Receive $10 off your first ride here.
  • Taxi Magic – Need to grab a cab? Locate or schedule a taxi pick up.
  • Amtrak – Plan and book your railroad adventure.
  • AllSubway * – ($0.99) Find your way underground through various cities.
  • FlightTrack * – ($4.99) Track your flight status in real time.
  • Commander Compass Lite – Navigate with confidence. Milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, GPS tracker, speedometer, gyro horizon and inclinometer tools included.

STAY THE NIGHT:

  • Hotel Tonight – Nowhere to stay? Grab last minute deals in various cities.
  • Airbnb – Find a room, apartment, home, or condo to rent. Available in over 190 countries.
  • Hotels.com Choose from over 15,000 global hotels and manage your reservation.

THINGS TO DO ON A BUDGET:

  • LivingSocial – Explore places and things to do with daily deals.
  • Groupon – Deals for things to do, see, and try. Available in more than 500 cities worldwide.
  • Yelp – Discover new places to east, drink, explore, and much more. Find reviews, deals, and ratings for many places around the globe.

STAY CONNECTED:

  • Postagram – Share your adventures! Send a real postcard from photos taken with your phone.
  • Skype – Stay in touch with mobile video chat and connect to WiFi hotspots by paying for only the time you use.
  • Google Translator – Traveling to a new country? Translate text (and some spoken) words and phrases in 60 languages.
  • WiFi Finder – Need to get online? Locate free public WiFi hotspots in their network of 320,000.

MISC:

  • TripIt – From maps, to reservations, your calender, and more, access, manage, and share everything related to your trip.
  • GlobeConvert * – Convert currency and units on the go.

 

What other apps do you find useful when traveling?

 

7 Comments

  1. Great list! One app I like to use abroad is “metrO”. Gives you public transportation directions in most any city in the world. 🙂

  2. check out another travel app called Simply Declare. works great, keeps track of all the stuff we have to declare back to customs after traveling abroad. I even use it for currency exchange before I buy something to make sure I don’t go over our duty-free allowances. Hate customs, this app makes it less stressful for the whole family.

    • Excellent suggestion, thanks, Frannie! I’ll definitely add it to my phone. Anything to make traveling less stressful. 🙂

      • no kidding. I hate having to figure out what I bought, how much it is. it’s a great little app to help. thanks for answering back

        • Anything to save time and stress! It’s never really fun to spend time in lines or at customs filling out paper work any longer than you already have to. How did you first learn about Simply Declare?

          • We found it in the App Store before heading overseas. Loved going through customs knowing exactly how much we spend, in an itemized list. Even the customs agent wanted to know about the app.

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