Travel Apps You Should Download Right Now

In today’s world access to technology has never been easier. We’ve become obsessed with useful apps over the years that add convenience to our lives. Take a look at some of the best travel apps that areย sure to prove useful when planning your next trip. Even better? They’re FREE!


EVERYTHING GOOGLE

Google Earth

  • Familiarize yourself with places before you visit them.
  • Browse by layers including roads, borders, places, photos, and much more.

Cost: FREE


Google Translate

  • Translate 103 languages by typing.
  • Translate 52 languages without the internet.
  • Use your camera to translate languages instantly
  • Draw characters or letters with your finger.
  • Translate with voice by speaking into the microphone.

Cost: FREE


Google Maps

  • Download maps to use offline.
  • Get to your destination faster with real-time traffic updates.
  • Catch your bus or train with real-time transit updates and gate locations.
  • Search for places to eat, visit, and more near your current location.

Cost: FREE


Google Trips

  • Organize your essential info in one place, even offline.
  • Your reservations are automatically gathered from Gmail and organized into individual trips.
  • See your flight, hotel, car, and restaurant bookings all in one place without having to search for them individually.
  • Find popular day plans organized on a map so you can organize them by interest and time.

Cost: FREE


TRIP PLANNING

TripAdvisor

  • Access to millions of traveler reviews of restaurants, attractions, hotels and more.
  • Create lists and itineraries based on the places you are wanting to visit.
  • Book hotels, flights, restaurant reservations, and attractions.
  • Create a travel timeline to keep track of the places you visited during a day.

Cost: FREE


TripIt

  • Instantly organize your travel plans all in one place.
  • Send your travel plans to TripIt and they will create a master itinerary for your trips.

Cost: FREE


Trover

  • Explore geotagged locations by other travelers to gather trip inspiration.
  • Create lists to save locations to easily access your ideas.

Cost: FREE


Pack Point

  • Tell Pack Point where you going and watch as it practically packs your bags for you.
  • Complete your packing list by giving information on the weather of your location and what kind of travel you will be doing.
  • Share your packing lists with others and look up packing lists for inspiration.

Cost: FREE


FLIGHTS

Skyscanner

  • An all in one travel app that allows you to search for flights, hotels, and car rentals.
  • Explore top deals and search “everywhere” to see where you can go on your budget.

Cost: FREE


SeatGuru

  • Find low-priced airfare through TripAdvisor.
  • Pick your ideal seat on your airplane based upon reviews
  • View traveler photos of the seats.

Cost: FREE


Kayak

  • Another all-inclusive travel app that allows you to compare flight costs, hotels, and car rentals.
  • Allows you to keep your travel plans organized for easy access.
  • Buy with confidence with Kayak’s price forecast.

Cost: FREE


ROAD TRIPS

Gas Buddy

  • Save time and money by looking for the cheapest gas near your location.
  • Get directions to the specified gas station of your choosing.

Cost: FREE


AAA

  • Access to hundred of useful discounts by uploading your membership.
  • Easily get roadside assistance (towing, battery jump, change a flat tire, etc).
  • Look into AAA approved and diamond rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

Cost: FREE (Purchase a United States AAA Membership based on your location here)


CAR RENTALS/RIDES

Turo

  • Browse unique cars for rent by local owners in the US and Canada (soon extending to other locations).
  • Get the car delivered around town or to nearby airports.
  • List your car and earn extra money to fuel your adventures.

Cost: FREE

Click this link to sign up and get $25 off your first Turo!


Uber

  • A ride share app for fast, reliable rides in minutes – day or night.
  • Know the estimated cost of the fare before your ride.
  • Tap to request a ride and easily pay with credit card through the app or cash in select cities.

Cost: FREE

Click this link to sign up get $20 off your first Uber!


Lyft

  • Another ride share app for a reliable ride.
  • Tap to request a ride and pay by credit card
  • Rate your driver and see others ratings.

Cost: FREE

Click this link to sign up and get $20 off your first Lyft!


ACCOMMODATIONS

AirBnB

  • Access unique homes and places to stay all over the globe.
  • Discover secret spots via your host.
  • Message your host safely on the go.
  • List your space and start earning money!

Cost: FREE

Click this link to sign up and get $35 off your first AirBnB stay!


Couchsurfing

  • Browse millions of local hosts offering a place to stay for aย minimal cost.
  • Stay and meet with locals for an authentic travel experience.
  • Find fun nearby events spotted by other couch surfers.

Cost: FREE


Hotel Tonight

  • Find a last-minute hotel deal on-the-go.
  • Book a hotel up to a week in advance.
  • Search by city, attractions, nearby hotels, or a specified map area.

Cost: FREE


DINING

OpenTable

  • Discover local restaurants wherever you are.
  • Book reservations for popular restaurants.
  • Get rewarded for dining out and save on future meals.

Cost: FREE


Nowait

  • See the current wait times for nearby restaurants and put yourself on the waitlist even if they don’t take reservations!
  • Track your spot in line while you wait from your home or in the car.
  • View nearby restaurants based on their wait time to easily select a place that is convenient for your schedule.

Cost: FREE


LEISURE

Kindle

  • Have access to over 4,000,000 books, audiobooks, magazines, and more.
  • Download eBooks on the go and read them directly on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Share your downloads with others via your family library.
  • Switch seamlessly between reading your book and listening.

Cost: FREE


Amazon Primeย Video

  • Stream and download movies and TV shows to your device and watch on-the-go!
  • Have access to Amazon exclusive videos and movies.

Cost: FREE (Although you must have Amazon Prime membership to use)


Netflix

  • Much like Amazon Prime Video, you can stream and download movies and TV shows to your device and watch-on-the go!
  • Have access to Netflix exclusive videos and movies.

Cost: FREE (Although you must have a Netflix membership to use)


OTHERS

TraffickCam

  • Traffickers regularly post photographs of their victims posed in hotel rooms for online advertisements. This app enables you to help combat sex trafficking by uploading photos of the hotel rooms you stay in when you travel.
  • Investigators cross-reference your photos with that of the photos used by traffickers.

Cost: FREE

If you don’t download any others PLEASE try out this one, you could be saving someone’s life.


Free Wi-fi Finder

  • Find free wi-fi hotspots in over 50 countries around the world.
  • No need to be connected to the internet to find wi-fi hotspots, all locations are stored on your device.

Cost: FREE


Which of these useful apps do you use and already love?
What ones will you be downloading right now?

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Check out some of the best travel apps that are sure to prove useful when planning your next trip. Even better? They're FREE!

14 Comments

  • Reply
    BOYEATSWORLD
    January 22, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Great tips. I’d never heard of Pack Point, must go check it out

    • Reply
      kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 6:53 PM

      Hope you enjoy it! I can definitely be a handy way to make lists of what to pack for specific places.

  • Reply
    Pete
    January 22, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    Oh boy! Some great apps there. Google Translate is magic – just turn it on, set the languages you want to translate to and from, and just point the camera at a sign or a newspaper or whatever, and it actually changes the text on the screen in real time. This is awesome.

    Google Maps is fabulous. I’d be lost without it.

    AirBnB and Uber: heavy users of those. I love AirBnB; I get a whole apartment for the cost of a hotel room. That includes kitchen and laundry, so massive savings in time, money, and convenience.

    Traffickcam is something I’ve had loaded up for a while now. Heartily endorse.

    • Reply
      kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 6:54 PM

      Thank you Pete! We love these apps too and swear by all things Google as far as apps go. We’ve started using AirBnB more lately and love it too!

  • Reply
    Lauren West
    January 23, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    These are all so great! we rely on so many google ones. And we must start using Traffickcam!

    • Reply
      kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 6:55 PM

      We rely heavily on google as well. Traffikcam is a new favorite, such a great concept and cause.

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    Carly Wayward Heyward
    January 23, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    I pinned for later! Some of these I had heard of, but some look super amazing!! I can’t believe how helpful some of them are, even offline!

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    Bhushavali
    January 23, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Awesome list! I totally agree on the Google Translate. When I was in France, I used it to talk to the locals. I’ll type in what I wanted to ask and ask them to type back the answer in French!!! It was crazy but totally saved the day!!! And Google Maps??? I can’t imagine any travel without it!!

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    FoxintheForest117
    January 23, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    I’m going to have to try out Google Translate! For some reason I’ve always just traveled with a crappy old phone that can just text and used my nice on airplane mode. It’s nice to tune out – but it’s also nice to be able to have the phone for maps and what not – which, STILL WORKS in airplane mode. I was in NZ and had my phone off of data and you couldn’t search anything, but if you loaded the app before you turned the phone to airplane mode you could use the map and a dot would show up to indicate where you were. Wild stuff!

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    xxxgingerpawsoutdoorsxxx
    January 23, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    I’ve already downloaded some of this app and I will look at some others especially for the dining and restaurants… we just usually go to the places on our way and try our luck if we’ll like the food. Thanks for this!

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    lydia@lifeuntraveled
    January 24, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    What a great list! I guess I have a lot of catching up to do as far as apps are concerned! I don’t usually use them but I’m going to check out the Google translation app. I’m curious to know if it translates properly. Any feedback?

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    rhiydwi
    January 28, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    I have a grand total of 2 of these on my phone, but with every single one of them I found myself nodding away and mentally making note to download later on! Except Google Translate. Not because it’s not great because, well, it is! But because I’m a translator by profession and so it just feels wrong to download a robot to do my job haha. Pack Point in particular sounds like an absolutely genius concept! Too often I’ve packed for the completely wrong season.

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    La Vida Viva Travel
    January 29, 2017 at 3:13 AM

    Yep, fantastic list of apps and THANK YOU for recommending people to download TraffickCam! Awesome post that will be super helpful to a lot of people!

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    Adrenaline Romance
    January 29, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Wow! That’s a whole lot of travel apps. Although we presently don’t bring too many gadget during our trips, we guess it’s time to buy a more advanced smartphone, considering the usefulness of these apps. Google Maps, Google Trips, Skyscanner, and Kindle would probably be the most useful for us.

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