Do you love your smart phone and love to travel? Thanks to an arsenal of amazingly useful applications, mobile devices can be a marvelous help when it comes to travel. All that you need to improve your travel experience is just a few taps away, from planning itineraries, booking flights and choosing accommodation to making restaurant reservations and checking out nearby attractions. By the time your trip comes to an end you’ll wonder how you ever managed without these portable pocket resources. You may already have your list of favorites, but here is a list of 10 travel apps that we love.
WorldMate is the travel app that has it all. You can use WorldMate to plan, book, and manage your trip. The mobile travel dashboard allows you to view all your critical trip info with just one click. WorldMate not only synchronizes your flight, hotel, car and other travel bookings with your calendar, but you’re also able to see the weather forecast in your destination and geo-locate any address in your itinerary so that you’re able to find your way around with ease. It even has a currency converter for those who don’t enjoy doing the math in their head. WorldMate allows you to have important information like confirmation numbers, phone numbers, terminals and gate numbers right at your fingertips. The flight alert function lets you know about any flight delays, flight cancellations, and gate changes. It’s the organized traveler’s favorite tool. The WorldMate app is free to download, and is available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Nokia phones. For even more functions you can purchase the WorldMate Gold subscription.
TripAdvisor is without a doubt one of the most popular travel apps available. It’s been downloaded more than 15 million times. If you’re looking for a great restaurant, or if you want to find popular attractions in the area you can read reviews and tips from other travelers. There are offline city guides to dozens of the world’s amazing cities. TripAdvisor has partnered with OpenTable so that you can even make restaurant reservations using the app. And once you’re done visiting the sights and experiencing the gastronomic delights yourself, you can leave a review of your own. You can even submit photos straight through the app. The TripAdvisor app is free to download, and is available for for iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia phones.
Skyscanner is one of the best apps available for searching for flights, with more than 6 million users. The beauty is in the simplicity. The app has been designed in such a way that comparing airlines and fares is a breeze. Finding and booking the cheapest flight is just a few taps away. The Skyscanner app is free to download, and is available for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Phones.
If you’re traveling to a destination in the United States, the Yelp app is a priceless resource. This review website has reviews and suggestions about business across America from more than 50 million contributors. If you need to find a WiFi service, a doctor, or if you want to find a good restaurant with outdoor seating, this easy-to-use app has a wealth of information. Yelp is free to download for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Phones.
Gone are the days where you had to carry around a bulky guidebook. If you’re looking for a city guide, the Triposo app is without a doubt the best one out there in our opinion. The guide includes an overview map for the country and detailed city maps for the top cities. The maps work offline. It’s packed with practical information on major sights, restaurants and nightlife. The travel dashboard includes incredibly useful functions like a currency converter, weather information and useful phrases. The best part is this iPhone/iPad app is free!
This beloved photo-sharing app transforms your holiday photos from boring to beautiful. You can play with dozens of filters and borders to transform your travel pictures into works of art that can be shared with friends and family on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. 50 million users have joined in the fun. This awesome iPhone app is free to download.
7. Lonely Planet City Guides
Another popular city guide app is the Lonely Planet City Guides. Lonely Planet offers over 70 city guides that tell you what to see, where to eat, sleep, shop and go out. Location-aware maps show you where you are, what’s nearby, and how to get there, and work even when your phone is offline. There are also audio walking tours you can purchase for Paris and London. The city guide apps are available for iPhone, Android and Nokia, for £3.99 each.
8. XE Currency
Not all of us have the ability to quickly convert currency in our head. If you wandering around a bustling market in Bangkok, or haggling in Istanbul, the XE Currency app allows you to convert currency on the spot so you’ll know if you really are getting a good deal or not. The app features live currency rates, but also stores the latest currency rates so you can even use the app when you’re offline. XE Currency is a free app that is available for iPhone and iPad.
Although it doesn’t have all the functions of WorldMate, Tripcase is another popular app for organizing travel information. This travel organizer stores all your confirmation numbers and itinerary information in one place, provides real-time flight alerts and critical travel updates, and allows you to share your travel information with family and friends. Tripcase is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry and is free.
10. Ask a Nomad
Last but certainly not least on our list is the Ask a Nomad app. Do you want to know where to get the best steak in Dallas? Where the best spot is for a picnic in London? What the best way is to get from the Amalfi Coast to Parlemo? Well, ask a nomad. This Q&A app allows you to get answers from travelers and locals. It’s the ideal app to ask travel questions or help others by sharing insights and local advice from your own travels. Ask a Nomad app has info about places nearby, based on your GPS location. It’s a free app that is available for iPad.