Travelling is fun, but preparing for a trip can be quite exhausting. Here are some of the best Travel Apps that can make this task easier for you.
These apps are designed to help you Book Flights & Hotels, Save Money while travelling, Find Businesses, and help with Languages and currency during your trip.
Apps For Booking Flights & Hotels
These are some of the most popular Free Travel apps that can help you in the crucial task of booking flights and hotels.
1. Trip Advisor (Free)
Trip Advisor is the ultimate Travel App. This great app allows you to book hotels, find cheap flights, restaurants and major attractions in the city.
Just enter the city you want to visit and let Trip Advisor takes care of all the bookings. The app has over 100 million downloads on Google Play Store alone.
This Free app can be downloaded from Google Play, Apple app store and Windows store.
2. Hotel Tonight (Free)
Hotel Tonight is an app that allows you to book a hotel room at the last minute for a cheap price.
The app scans for available hotel rooms in the city and shows you how much it costs and how much you are saving compared to the regular prices.
Apart from last minute bookings, this free app also lets you book hotels in advance.
Hotel Tonight can be downloaded from Google Play, Apple app store and Windows store.
3. Skyscanner (Free)
Skyscanner is a very useful travel app; it scans all the available flights and shows you the cheapest ones. It also provides you with a chart view, which shows you on which day of the month or week prices are the cheapest.
Another good feature of this app is that it shows you how much you can save by travelling from a nearby airport.
Skyscanner is available on Google Play, Apple app and Windows stores.
4. Expedia (Free)
Expedia is a popular travel app that lets you book flights and hotels at discount prices. The app gives users mobile only discounts that are not available on Expedia’s website.
Users who are already signed into the app can book a flight or hotel in less than 30 seconds.
The app is available for free on Google Play, Apple app Store and also on Windows Store.
5. Airbnb (Free)
Airbnb is an app that connects travellers with real estate property owners around the world.
The app allows real estate owners to post ads for available accommodations; travellers can then view these ads and contact property owners for short term rentals.
The app has over 600,000 listings in over 34,000 cities and has helped thousands of travellers to find accommodations at a cheaper price, compared to hotels.
Airbnb is available for free on Google Play Store and iTunes
6. Seat Guru (Free)
Seat Guru is an app for those who want to pick the best seat available on a flight.
Once you have managed to find your flight on the app, you will be presented with a full seating map and reviews of individual seats. You can use the seating map to select seats that suit you the best.
Seat Guru is available for free on Google Play Store and iTunes.
Apps For Saving Money
Listed in this section are some of the best travel apps to help you save money while you are travelling.
7. Gas Buddy (Free)
Gas Buddy is a great app that helps you find the cheapest gas prices available near you.
The app is fueled by users who constantly update gas prices after they have visited a pump. Users providing the most updates win a $100 free gas gift card.
Gas Buddy is available for free on Google Play, Windows store and iTunes.
8. Expensify (Free)
Expensify helps you keep track of your expenses during your trip. All you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and the app automatically records it.
If you don’t like receipts than you can simply sync your credit card with Expensify and the app will automatically record all transactions.
Expensify also automatically converts money from different currencies into your preferred currency.
This useful travel app is available for free on Google Play, Windows and Apple app stores.
9. WhatsApp (Free)
Download WhatsApp, in case you want to avoid spending your hard earned money on texting and talking while you are in a foreign country.
WhatsApp allows you to be in touch with your family and friends, without incurring those dreadful long distance and roaming charges from your phone company.
WhatsApp is available on Android, iOS and Windows phone.
10. TextNow (Free)
TextNow lets you make free calls and send free messages to any phone number in the United States and Canada over an internet connection.
TextNow provides you with your own phone number and supports voicemail.
This Free app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.
Apps For Finding Businesses
Listed below are some of the best free apps to help you find businesses at your travel destination.
11. Yelp (Free)
Yelp is a very useful app for travellers as it provides you with nearby businesses and also provides reviews for each of these businesses.
Yelp has over 50 million reviews of various businesses all over the world. The app provides photos, phone numbers and lets you make reservations.
If you want to help the community you can take pictures of shops you visit and provide your own review.
Yelp can be downloaded for free on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices.
12. Urbanspoon (Free)
Urbanspoon is an app that lets you find the best restaurants available near your location. The app contains reviews from both app users and food critics.
The app also provides users with restaurant hours, phone numbers and driving directions.
Urbanspoon is available for Free and can be downloaded to Android, iOS & Windows Phone devices.
Apps For Language & Currency
Travelling to a different country where English is not widely spoken can make it difficult to communicate with locals. Here are some apps that can help you deal with different languages and Currencies.
13. Pixter Document & Image Scanner (Free)
Pixter Document and Image scanner app allows you to take photos of signs or writing in any language and convert that writing into a different language.
Just take a picture of a sign in a language that you don’t understand and the app will convert this sign into a language that you can understand.
Users of Windows Phone can download a trail version of this app for Free. Full version of this app is listed at $4.59 for iOS devices and $1.99 for Windows phone users.
14. Google Translate (Free)
Google Translate allows seamless translation between languages.
If you want to say something, just enter it into the Google Translate app and specify the language that you want the app to pronounce this word in.
Google Translate is available for free, both for Android and iOS devices.
15. XE Currency (Free)
XE Currency provides live currency rates for almost every currency around the world. The app stores rates on your device so you can convert currencies even when you are not connected to the internet.
This useful app is available for Free in Android, iOS & Windows Phone devices.
Apps for Getting Around
Finding your way around a new city is very hard, listed in this section are the best travel apps that can help you in getting around the place.
16. Google Maps (Free)
Google Maps app for Android and iOS devices features voice guided navigation to help you get to your destination easily.
Google Maps covers 220 countries; it reports accidents, transit routes and provides other useful information.
Google Maps can be downloaded on Android & iOS devices.
17. Waze (Free)
Waze is a GPS based app that provides turn by turn directions, traffic updates and is based on live feedback from its community of millions of users.
The app automatically shifts your route away from traffic jams, road blocks and congested roads, helping you arrive at your destination in time.
Waze can be downloaded for Free on Android, iOS & Windows Phone devices.
18. Uber (Free)
Uber can be a useful app if you are not taking your car with you on your vacation. The app lets you call for a taxi and then pinpoint a location from where you want to be picked up.
Uber lets you compare cars, fares and make your selection. The app also lets you pay for your ride with your credit card.
Uber is available for free on Google Play Store, iTunes and Windows Store.
19. The Weather Channel (Free)
The Weather Channel allows you to view weather reports for any place in the world. This helps you avoid surprises and be prepared to meet the weather conditions at your travel destination.
The app gives you information about current weather conditions and provides weather forecast for the next 10 days.
Weather Channel is available for Free in Android, iOS & Windows Phone versions.