Road Trip: 60 Mobile Apps For Travelers

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It’s that time of the year again: it’s time to get out of that chair, out of the house and out of the country! Bored with how mundane life has become, or how work and projects have taken over your life so completely? We think you need a vacation and deep down inside, you know you do too. While travelling is not everyone’s cup of tea, there are now many apps to help you organize and plan your vacation well.

In this article we are featuring some apps that can help you get around a new place with ease, and find recommendations for places to stay or dine at. This list also features travel guides and planners, transportation apps, Maps/GPS apps as well as a bunch of useful apps that we’ve parked under Utilities. Are you using any of the apps listed below? Share your review.

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Travel Guides/Planners

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Plan your holidays on the go with apps like:

Yelp

The Yelp app is probably one of the best app available with lots of updates and reviews by the active and growing community of locals. Yelp helps you find and plan the best places to eat, drink, shop, relax and enjoy during your trip. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Yelp

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a great tool to find hotels, restaurants and tourism spots in any destination, anywhere around the world. It comes with reviews and tips from fellow travellers and you can even sort the results by the ratings provided by reviewers. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

TripAdvisor

Travelocity

With detailed information on flight and other forms of transportation, Travelocity helps you look for the best option and time to travel, as well as hotels and good deals near your current location. All these can be done with a simple search, with quick booking facility. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Travelocity

Tripwolf

Looking for the finest guide to discover the most popular cities in the world? Tripwolf may be it, with every information provided e.g. maps, guides, feature etc, accessible directly from your app even without an Internet connection. Truly convenient! [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

tripwolf Travel Guide with Offline Maps

TripDoc

TripDoc helps you organize your trip with options to keep notes, mark your current location and share places or maps with friends via email. It also allows you to list places and show everything on a map. [$2.99]

Platform: iOS

TripDoc

TouristEye

TouristEye gives you the option to choose cities you want to visit and build a cutomized daily itinerary of the places you want to see. Not only that, you also get to find out about transportation bookings, lodgings as well as travel events. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

TouristEye

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet is synonymous with the travel world, and through its Travel Guide app, Lonely Planet offers an option to buy and store your country guides, city guides, audio phrasebooks and audio walking around tours. All these guides are accessible offline too. [Free]

Platform: iOS

WorldMate

WorldMate helps you to plan, book and manage your trips easily. It’s useful for keeping tabs on travel schedules, and it’s an axcellent all-round travel companion. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

WorldMate

KAYAK

Kayak, the no. 1 mobile travel organizer lets you organize your full itinerary at your fingertips. You can easily check or compare prices for flight, hotel and car rental. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

KAYAK

mTrip

mTrip uses augmented reality to display tourist attractions in your area, and it guides you to each tourist attraction with directions. mTrip also allows you to share your trip with friends over Facebook or email, with personalized e-postcards. [$5.99]

Platform: iOS | Android

mTrip

Hipmunk

Need to find a better way to compare flights? Hipmunk shows you relevant flights on a timeline, making it easier to visualize your future plans and pick the best flight for your trip. Hotel search results are shown on a map, so you can see exactly where you will be staying. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Hipmunk

TripIt

TripIt is an easier alternative to organize and share your travels, as it “automagically” takes all your trip details and create one truly helpful itinerary. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

TripIt

Gogobot

Need an app to help you plan your trip? Gogobot helps you with that by browsing over 60,000 destinations and insider tips. Gogobot also has a tool to create stunning photo postcards of your trip to share on Facebook and Twitter. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Gogobot

Transportation

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GateGuru

It provides you with real-time flight statuses, airport wait times, even structured list of airport food, as well as shops based on over 30,000 reviews and tips from fellow travelers. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

GateGuru

Amtrak

The Amtrak mobile application gets you access to all the travel information you need with the added facility to book your trip on the go. Stay up-to-date with the status of trains. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Amtrak

Taxi Magic

Need to find Taxi at your current location? Taxi Magic helps you with that with a booking facility that is integrated with taxi dispatch systems via the Internet. You can also track the arrival of your taxi via the dispatch updates and map. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

FlightAware Flight Tracker

FlightAware Flight Tracker not only allows you to track the real-time status and the tracking map of any commercial flight worldwide, but also general aviation in the US and Canada airspace. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

FlightAware Flight Tracker

HopStop

HopStop provides you with detailed public transit, taxi, biking and even walking directions in dozens of cities throughout the US, Canada and Europe. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

HopStop for iPhone

Skyscanner

Skyscanner lets you compare over 1000 budget and scheduled airlines in seconds, and buy air tickets directly from the airlines or travel agents for the best deals. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Skyscanner

aMetro

With aMetro, you can find the routes between stations and estimate travel time as it shows you the maps of transit systems all over the world including subways, metro, buses, trains and many other. [Free]

Platform: Android

aMetro

GPS/Maps

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Triposo

Triposo offers you the best travel guide for your phone, all you need to do is just download the country guide and it will work offline. The guide includes detailed city maps of top cities. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Triposo

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder

The best app to find parks near you, along with activities you can do at every national park, state park and federal public land in the US. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder

Skobbler (US/CAN)

Skobbler is a visual guidance that gives you turn-by-turn navigation with voice. It also comes with take-me-home functionality. [$0.99]

Platform: iOS

Waze

Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic jams, save time and money off gas prices using Waze, a community-based traffic & navigation app. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Waze

OffMaps 2

OffMaps store maps locally on your device and lets you search maps even when you are offline; you can also bookmark wherever you are. [$0.99]

Platform: iOS

OffMaps 2

Trapster

Trapster is a cool app that will alert you of speed traps, speed limits, red lights as well as other road rules that can get you in trouble in real time. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Trapster

AroundMe

Need to find out what’s around you? AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

AroundMe

iExit

iExit may be your best friend when driving on the interstate as it will tell you which upcoming exits have what you need e.g. gas, hotels, rest areas or specifically a Chick-Fil-A. [$0.99]

Platform: iOS | Android

iExit

Where To Go?

Where To Go is a fun-to-use app with the ‘Shake-To-Suggest’ feature, helping you to explore and find the closest bars, grocery stores, pharmacy, taxi firms or historical point-of-interest. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Where To Go?

bohoGuides

BohoGuides is a simple app that lets you download and store over 1000 localizations and 800 of guides and maps. [$2.99]

Platform: iOS | Android

bohoGuides

Swim Guide

Swim Guide lets you know if a beach is open for swimming and when the water quality is poor from within the app. Areas are marked with colors for water-quality reference. It also tells you the beaches closest to you, lets you do searches or browse maps. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Swim Guide

Hotels

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Jetsetter

Need to find the world’s greatest hotels, homes and vacations? Get Jetsetter to provide you with all the best. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Jetsetter

Expedia Hotels

Expedia gives you great deals even for tonight, at over 130,000 hotels worldwide. The app helps you find room anywhere and book directly with only 4 taps. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Expedia Hotels

Hostelworld.com

The app that brings you over 25,000 hotels and budget properties in over 6,000 destinations worldwide. Do a quick or book on the go. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Hostelworld.com

Airbnb

A growing and trusted community, Airbnb is a marketplace that connects you with people who have space for rent, worldwide. Find a room of any distinctive space: from a private apartment to a private island! [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Airbnb

Hotels.com

The Hotels.com app provides you with the best interactive hotel booking experience. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Hotels.com

HotelsByMe

HotelsByMe allows you to easily find and book over 120,000+ hotels worldwide, with detailed info of the hotel. you can easily view amenities for all hotels, or filter and sort the hotels to find what you need. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

HotelsByMe

Food & Beverage

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Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot helps you to quickly and easily find bakeries, candy and ice cream shops in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Sweet Spot

Find Chocolate

Craving for chocolate? Find Chocolate uses your current location to create a list of nearby chocolate shops, and uses maps to help you get there. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Find Chocolate

Zagat

Zagat lets you browse restaurants while traveling by plane, subway, or anywhere even without reception. [$9.99]

Platform: iOS | Android

Zagat

Foodspotting

Foodspotting is a cool app to discover nearby dishes, or find whatever you’re craving and see what’s good at any restaurant. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Foodspotting

OpenTable

With over 20,000 restaurants partner, OpenTable lets you make free restaurant reservations in the United States and Canada. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

OpenTable

Lunchbox

Lunchbox is another app that helps you discover new food around the corner, the best coffee in town, or the trendiest bar in the city. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Lunchbox

Camera

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Instagram

Quickly snap a picture with Instagram, choose a gorgeous filter to transform its look and feel, then share it to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

instagram

AutoStitch Panorama

A state-of-the-art technology that automatically recognizes and smoothly combines overlapping images, AutoStitch is your best option for making panorama creations on your iPhone. Plus it’s easy, fast and fun. [$1.99]

Platform: iOS

AutoStitch Panorama

Photosynth

Also a panorama creation app, Photosynth makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events around you. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Photosynth

Camera Awesome

Camera Awesome takes your photos to the next level by making your memories come alive with photo filters of stunning professional effects. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Camera Awesome

Utilities

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GasBuddy

Out of gas? GasBuddy locates gas stations near you and provides you with the price too (USA and Canada only). [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

GasBuddy

EveryTrail

With EveryTrail, you can plot your trip, photos and videos right on the map in the mobile app and upload it to EveryTrail.com, Facebook or Twitter. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

EveryTrail

Go Select Passes

Save more with Go Select Passes as it turns your phone into a mobile pass to more than 400 U.S. museums, attractions, tours and more with up to 40% savings. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Go Select Passes

ChatTime

Fancy making free, crystal clear phone calls while on the go? Use ChatTime to talk to other ChatTime Users wherver you get a cellular signal. [Free]

Platform: iOS

Currency

Currency provides up-to-date exchange rate information for over 100 currencies and countries. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Currency

Trip Journal

Trip Journal is the ultimate travel app as it lets you track, record, and documents your travel in a beautiful app, then share it with friends and family. [$2.99]

Platform: iOS | Android

Google Translate

Travelling to a place where you don’t speak the local language? You’ve got nothing to worry about with Google Translate. Supports up to 60 languages. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Google Translate

WIKITUDE Augmented Reality Browser

A truly engaging and immersive experience with this app as you can see places, points of interests and other exciting AR content through your camera’s field of vision. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

WIKITUDE Augmented Reality Browser

uPackingList

Need a packing check list for your travels? uPackingList application is designed to turn packing into a fast and convenient activity for any journey, be it business, fishing or a roadtrip. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

uPackingList

GPSnote

With GPSnote you can easily add and edit notes on a map, or delete it when needed. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

GPSnote

iMedjet

An abbreviated version of Medjet’s medical consultation benefit and mobile medical information that you can carry wherever you go. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

iMedjet

Goby

Goby uses push notification to send you recommendations of cool things near you, even when you are not browsing the app. Just log in once and you’ll instantly begin receiving recommendations personalized to your unique interests. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Goby

Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi is most important when you travel, and this app helps you to quickly and easily find free or paid Wi-Fi near you. You can download the offline map for reference too. [Free]

Platform: iOS | Android

Wi-Fi Finder

Author:

Kay is a tech-savvy and regular writer at Hongkiat.com. He also maintains K-Director, a technology blog. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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