With so many choices in travel apps, it can get overwhelming trying to decide which app is best for you. Below are my top 10 recommendations covering everything from road trips to air travel. Please leave your comments below telling me what your favorite travel app is.
FIELD TRIP 3.7
Field Trip is a great app when you visit a new city, or for finding places, events, and more wherever you may be. Field Trip is your guide to unique things in the world around you. When you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card with details about the location. No click is required. If you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places.
NOTE: Field Trip runs in the background on your phone and can decrease your battery life.
- Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest around you.
- Go on a Field Trip while you drive. Field Trip can detect when you’re driving and automatically “talk” about interesting places and experience around you.
GOOGLE TRANSLATE 4.4
This is a great app when traveling somewhere that you do not speak the local language. You can use this app several different ways.
- Text translation: Translate between 103 languages by typing
- Offline: Translate with no internet connection (59 languages)
- Instant camera translation: Translate text in images instantly by just pointing your camera (38 languages)
- Photos: Take or import photos for higher quality translations (37 languages)
- Conversations: Translate bilingual conversations on the fly (32 languages)
- Handwriting: Draw text characters instead of typing (93 languages)
- Phrasebook: Star and save translated words and phrases for future reference (all languages)
A great app for finding the best prices on air travel. Hopper predicts the future prices of airfare and tells you the best time to buy your ticket. Watch your next flight in the app and get a notification as soon as the price drops to its lowest point. This app will tell you if you should book now or wait for a better price using the price prediction feature.
- PREDICT the best time to fly and buy so you’ll score the cheapest fares.
- WATCH a trip to receive price alerts via push notifications the instant prices drop.
- BUY cheap flights in 60 seconds or less with just a few taps and a swipe.
- Find the cheapest travel dates using the color-coded calendar
- Get smart travel tips about nearby airports and dates to save even more on your trip
- Use filters to get custom predictions about the best flight for you. Remove long layovers, stops, or basic fares that have lots of extra fees and restrictions
- Find out about breaking fare sales, hacker fares, and exclusive deals available from your home airport
- Last minute travel? Find great travel deals that leave in the next days. Check out our companion app GTFO for more last-minute deals
- Receive help 24/7 from our support agents if you need to cancel or modify your flight
MOBILE PASSPORT 4.6
The Mobile Passport app speeds you through U.S. Customs when entering the USA. This app currently works at 24 airports worldwide and 1 cruise port. See app details for list of locations. Officially authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, MOBILE PASSPORT allows U.S. and Canadian passport holders (on B1 or B2 visas) to submit their passport control and customs declaration information via their Android device and bypass the regular line to enter the United States. This app effectively replaces the traditional blue-and-white paper declaration form required of all travelers entering the U.S. by air or sea.
- Complete your profile with basic passport information.
- Answer CBP’s questions about your trip.
- Submit your information UPON YOUR ARRIVAL and get a receipt from CBP.
- Skip the regular line and follow the signs for Mobile Passport Control.
- Scan your receipt and show your passport to the CBP officer.
PACK POINT 4.6
PackPoint is a free travel packing list organizer and packing planner for serious travel pros. This app will help you organize what you need to pack in your luggage and suitcase based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip. Just enter in the city you’re going to travel to, the departure date, and the number of nights you’ll be staying there.
- Check out the Customize menu within the app for Premium features
- Customize to add activities or to repeat outfits
- Connect PackPoint to TripIt and create your packing lists automatically!
- Pack smart to avoid airline luggage overage fees
- Create a luggage checklist now, and then edit it later as you pack
ROAD TRIPPERS 4.7
Currently only for trips in the USA. This is a great app for any US based road trip. Enter your route from A to B and discover everything in between. The route planner includes instant fuel cost estimation and a function to explore places within a set distance from your route. This app will give you details on attractions, historical sights, food, music, nightlife, quirky roadside attractions, scenic points, national parks, hotels, and shopping. NOTE: Continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease battery life.
- Free travel guides
- Plan and save itineraries
- Share and plan trips with friends
- Discover places along your route
TripIt instantly organizes all your travel plans in one place. Simply forward travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and TripIt will create a master itinerary for each of your trips. Now you can access your plans anytime, anywhere.
- After booking, simply forward your confirmation emails to email@example.com and TripIt will instantly create a master itinerary for each of your trips.
- You can opt to allow TripIt to automatically import travel plans from your Gmail, Google Apps, Outlook.com or Yahoo! mail inbox, so you don’t have to forward confirmation emails.
- Access your travel plans on your smartphone, tablet, computer or wearable device anytime, anywhere.
- Sync TripIt with your calendar, so your travel plans show up alongside other meetings or events.
TRIPIT PRO (cost upgrade):
- Get helpful reminders and real-time flight alerts to stay one step ahead.
- Suddenly need to switch your flight? TripIt Pro can help you find an alternate flight.
- Tracks your rewards points and frequent flier miles,
- Alerts you if a better seat becomes available
XE CURRENCY 4.4
A must have when traveling to foreign countries. All the world’s currencies at your fingertips! This free edition of the XE Currency Converter App not only provides live exchange rates and charts, you can also set an XE Rate Alert to monitor your favorite currencies for immediate notification.
- Stores the last updated exchange rates so it works even when the internet decides not to.
- Easy to use currency calculator using XE’s currency converter.
- Monitors up to 10 currencies at once.
- Live rates are refreshed each minute for every world currency and precious metal.
GOOGLE TRIPS 4.1
Google Trips makes exploring the world easier by organizing your essential info in one place and making it available even offline. Get activity suggestions based on what’s nearby, You can customize day plans and your travel reservations from Gmail. Every trip contains ideas for things to do automatically organized into useful categories like Top Spots and Indoors or Outdoors. For many of the world’s top places, you’ll get curated local suggestions and travel tips.
- Your travel reservations are automatically gathered from Gmail and organized into individual trips. Each trip contains day plans, things to do, food and drink suggestions, and more.
- See your flight, hotel, rental car, and restaurant bookings in one place without having to search for them individually.
- For several hundred of the world’s top places, find popular day plans organized on a map that you can customize based on your interests and available time.
- Find out when you’re near popular attractions (and whether they’re open) as well as reviews and ratings from other travelers.
HOTEL TONIGHT 4.4
Amazing hotel deals for tonight, tomorrow and beyond! This app gives you discounts on hotels empty rooms. You get the best rates and deals, whether last minute or in advance. HotelTonight makes it incredibly easy to find and reserve a sweet deal at a great hotel.
- Book a room for tonight, tomorrow, next week, next month and beyond – up to 100 days in advance in most popular locations.
- Great for spontaneous vacations or planning a trip in advance. Discounted last minute hotel bookings: North America, Europe, Australia and more!
- See ratings, reviews, and photos from fellow bookers
- HT Perks program – the more you book, the better our deals get! Level up to score even bigger discounts
- Simple categories (like Basic, Hip, and Luxe) to make it easy to find the perfect hotel, inn, bed and breakfast, motel, resort or other lodgings for you
- 24/7 customer support (from real, live, nice people)
Supports paying with Google Pay
Check out this post for more great Travel Apps that don’t require WIFI.