There are so many apps out there today (and this is just for traveling) that it was not easy to pick the 10 best travel apps. I narrowed it down to the following apps which I thought would be some of the best for traveling. These are not in any kind of order of quality; they are just a list of apps that you may find to be some of the best. You may know of other apps that you feel should be on this list; if so, please feel free to mention them so that we may share them with all the readers.
1. Travelmath Trip Calculator
The travelmath trip calculator is an app that lets you calculate travel distance, travel time and travel costs for your planned trip. Compare flying vs driving for cost, distance and time. Calculate the value of time vs cost by using a score. You can find driving distance between cities and flight distance between airports and you can also find flight times and length of the flights. You can calculate the cost of your driving and plan a budget for gas. If on a road trip, you can find hotels to stop at and the distance and time to reach them. This app is free and available for iPhones and Android phones. You can learn more about this app at travelmath.com.
2. Road Trippers
Road Trippers is an app that finds the best places to stop, plan a trip and book a hotel. You can organize a trip right on Google Maps. Just drop pins on the map. You can plan routes by walking and/or driving. This can be a great app for road trips. You can get this app for free for both iPhones and Android phones. Additional information about this app can be found at roadtrippers.com.
Skyscanner is a very popular app for finding the cheapest flights. It is most effective when you are flexible on the days that you wish to travel. You an look at the cheapest rates on different days and choose your dates accordingly. It even has the ability to look up hotels and car rentals. This app can be downloaded for free for iPhones and Android phones. You can also use this online at skyscanner.com.
4. Hotel Tonight
Hotel tonight is an app that helps you find hotels at the last minute. With just a few taps and a swipe, you will have booked a hotel for the night. If you got stuck in an airport and needed a place to stay for the night, this app could really come in handy. This is a free app that can be downloaded for iPhones and Android phones. See some of the ways that you can use this app at hoteltonight.com.
Hostelworld has an app that can find hostels for booking. I have mentioned them in Other Accommodations. Hostels are popular among the young people and are less expensive than hotels by eliminating many of the hotel luxuries. Although you can go online at hostelworld.com to find and book a hostel and also learn more about hostelworld, the app is also available for free for iPhones and Android phones.
AirBnB is a network that connects travelers with hosts for accommodations. Although the app is free for both iPhones and Android phones, you still need to set up a profile with AirBnB. Once setup, you are free to make reservations through the app. This is much more convenient then using the website airbnb.com when on the road. The cost of the fee is paid to AirBnB but is still less expensive as I discussed in my blog about cheap travel accommodations.
7. Google Maps
Google Maps is another free app that can be downloaded on your iPhone or Android phone for free. It may already be on your phone when you purchased it; if so, you do not need to download anything. You can use the Google Map features at google.com/maps but it is very inconvenient whereas using the app eliminates the need for any maps on all your travels. It can be used for road trips or even on car rentals. The ability to have it help you get to your destination whether it is by car or just walking has almost become a necessity. It also has the ability to interact with many different apps. Check with any apps that you have to determine if Google Maps interacts with it.
8. Google Translate
If you are going to be in another country that speaks a different language other than yours, then you might want to consider learning a bit of the language with a course line Rocket Languages. For your help, I have posted blog reviewing Rocket Languages. If you won’t be there that long and do not want to spend the time learning the language, then you will love Google Translate free app which is available for iPhones and Android phones. You can test it to see how easy it is translate from one language to another at translate.google.com. However, when you are traveling, you will find the app more helpful. You can even take pictures of text with your phone and have the app translate it for you. You can oral conversations with someone while the app translates it to the other person that you are conversing with and have them do the same thing to translate it back. You don’t even have to type anything; although, some languages may require you to type. Communications are no longer a problem.
9. XE Currency
Have you ever had all the exchange rates that you needed for your trip, only to find that they changed and are not the same anymore? Well, with the XE Currency app, that is not a problem. You can convert currencies with this free app on the fly. This not only is available for IPhones and Android phones, but is also available for Blackberry and Window phones. You can try out the exchange rates on xe.com but download the apps for convenience when traveling. Now you can be sure that you are getting the best exchange rate.
Uber is becoming one of the most popular services for travelers throughout the world. It is a transportation service that is similar to a taxi service but much cheaper. It is completely run by a free app that can be downloaded to an iPhone or Android phone. You have to set up your account with Uber before you can use the service. You can go online at uber.com to setup the account or use the app. You enter your credit card information on your account and every time that you use Uber, your account is automatically charged including the tip which you specify in advance during the setup. You can always log on to your account and change any information that you may want. I find this service very useful when traveling to or from an airport. However, you can use this service for day to day commuting around your own neighborhood. There are different levels of service with different costs. I found that UberX is the most popular and also the cheapest.
Although I have listed 10 best travel apps, these are only a small list of what is available when traveling. If you wish to share any ideas about other apps, please feel free to leave a comment below. If you wish to share other thoughts, feel free to contact us.