Our Favorite Travel Apps

While there is absolutely something to be said for just showing up in a place with no plans, no guides, and no idea what’s going on, there are also a lot of tools out there that make life as a traveler much easier. Enter the world of travel apps. Need the most up-to-date guide for a region? Want to find out if there are any good restaurants in the airport? Not sure what to pay the taxi driver? There’s an app for that. Yes, it’s cliche, but it’s true. There is an app to handle just about every imaginable travel question. Need some help getting started? Here are a few of our favorites.

Lonely Planet
Need a city guide or a phrasebook? Look no further. The Lonely Planet app offers city guides and phrasebooks to offer you insights into a new city and a helpful hand with a new language. The app offers maps, neighborhood guides, things to do, recommended excursions, background information on the area, and tips on getting around. The neighborhoods section offers recommendations on local things to do, sights, shops, places to eat, accommodation, and places to go out. Just click on the desired location and it pulls up a map, an address, and any other useful contact information. One word of warning, some of the features require Internet connectivity so if you’re going to be utilizing those features, you might want to add an international travel plan. The app does warn you before it connects to the Internet though so you won’t get tricked into expensive roaming data charges.

TripIt
The app version of one of the best tools online to manage your travel plans and keep everything in one place. Aside from flight information, hotel bookings, and car rentals, you can also use this app to keep track of appointments and meals. For the organizatonally-challenged, this app is a gift from the heavens, allowing you to manage your itineraries without having to search through e-mail folders or pockets for those pesky details.

GateGuru
If you have hours to kill, wandering through the airport can be a pleasant adventure and a great way to pass the time. Otherwise, it’s just a frustrating experience trying to find the best meal option, a good book, or that souvenir you forgot to buy your mom. GateGuru provides users an easy way to see the layout of an airport and find whatever is you’re looking for. Because there’s nothing worse than getting through security only to discover that the best meal options were pre-security.

Taxi Magic
We wish this app was available worldwide, but for now it’s only available within the U.S. Still, it’s pretty awesome. It tells you the best place to hail a cab, how much you should pay, and also allows you to pay directly through the app so if you don’t have cash, no problem. If there’s a participating cab company in your city, you can book a cab through the app. If not, Taxi Magic will give you phone numbers for local companies so you can call and arrange for a cab yourself.

FlightAware
There are plenty of apps out there to help track your flight. We’ve used the website for years so when the app came out, we were all over it. Whether you’re picking up a friend at the airport or trying to see if there are any delays on an upcoming flight, a flight tracker app makes the process quick and easy when you’re on the go.

By Nikki Hodgson

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