Best Travel Apps

Best Travel AppsWe love taking our smart phones and tablets with us when we travel.

There are so many great travel apps out there.  Here are some that we use, particularly for international adventure travel.

Let us know what your favorites are!


Flight+

  • Features:
    • Track live flight status at every airport (16,000+) in the world, in real-time
    • Departure, Arrival, Terminal, Gate, and Flight Status information available
    • Aircraft and seat maps available
    • Synchronizes with TripIt
    • Weather forecasts for destinations
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:  iPad, iPhone, and iPod
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Urbanspoon

  • Features:
    • Restaurant recommendations by consumers and food critics
    • Find food and dining by rating, distance, and cuisine
    • Reviews, menus, and contact information
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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World Nomads – Travel Language Guides

  • Features:
    • Learn basic travel phrases in 25 different languages:
      • Swahili
      • Nepali, Khmer, Malay, Lao, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese
      • Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian
      • Russian, Croatian, Swedish
      • Greek, Turkish, Arabic
      • Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese
      • Aussie slang
  • Cost: Free
  • Platform:
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National Geographic World Atlas

  • Features:
    • World maps in high resolution provided by the National Geographic Society
  • Cost: $1.99
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  • Star Walk

    • Features:
      • Interactive astronomy guide
      • Provides detailed information about celestial objects you see in the sky above you
    • Cost: $2.99
    • Platforms:
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FlightTrack 5

    • Features:
      • Real-time flight status
      • Updates on gate changes and delays at 4,000 airports worldwide
      • Ability to share and track others’ flights
      • Zoomable flight maps
      • Weather radar
      • Ability to track multiple flights
      • Airport terminal maps
    • Cost: $4.99
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XE Currency

  • Features:
    • Calculate world currency prices
    • Live exchange rates
    • View historical currency rate charts
    • Monitor 10 currencies
    • Stores last updated currency rates for use when the Internet is not available
    • Pro edition:
      • Ad-free
      • Monitor 20 currencies
  • Cost: Free or $1.99 for Pro edition
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Duo Lingo

  • Features:
    • Learn major European languages through a game setting
      • Spanish, French German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Irish, and English
    • iPhone App of the Year 2013
    • Google Play’s “Best of the Best” 2013
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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Google Translate

  • Features:
    • Translate between 80 different languages
    • Speak, type, wrote, or take a picture for translations
    • Can be used offline when you do not have an Internet connection
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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Photo Grid

  • Features:
    • Create a 4×4 interactive photo / video collage
    • Upload photos or choose photos from Facebook, Instagram, and other photo sharing sites
    • More than 300 layouts available
    • Add text, emoticons, and clip art to collages
    • Create video slideshows with music
    • See edits to photos in real-time
  • Cost: Free
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City Mapper

  • Features:
    • Map app that helps you compare transport options (public transport, walking, car/taxi, and biking) side-by-side for major world cities in the U.S. and Europe
    • Calculates travel time from Point A to Point B
    • Finds the closest train/subway station
    • Has Citibike information
    • Previously searched destinations are saved under the search bar
    • Offline subway maps
    • Apple App of the Year 2013 runner-up
  • Cost: Free
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PackPoint

  •  Features:
    • Generates packing list based on length of travel, weather, and activities
    • Share packing lists with others
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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Packing Pro

  • Features:
    • Generates expert packing list based on number of adults, children, and days of travel
      • Takes into account temperature, destination, food preparation, and laundry preferences
    • Sample template lists available
    • Create, edit, and check-off customized packing lists
    • Allows creation of sub-lists for managing business or large family trips
  • Cost: $2.99
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The Converted

  • Features:
    • Shows conversions in an easy-to-understand visual format
    • Convert currencies, metric to English measurement units, and more
  • Cost: $3.99
  • Platform:
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City Maps 2Go

  • Features:
    • Offline maps of thousands of worldwide cities
    • Contains in-depth guide to those cities, including millions of points of interest, with local insider tips
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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Stay.com

  • Features:
    • Offline maps of thousands of worldwide cities, with GPS available
    • Create personal travel guides for yourself or collaborate with friends and family
  • Cost: Free
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iStone

  • Features:
    • Digital phrase book app that contains over 300 common phrases in several languages
  • Cost: Free for application experience or $2.99 for full language phrase book
  • Platform:
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TravelNerd Airport Guide

  • Features:
    • Find real-time flight information by flight number or route
    • View airport terminal maps and amenities, like ground transportation and parking
  • Cost: Free
  • Platform:
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Trip Journal

  • Features:
    • Document your travel in real-time using Google Earth
      • Write journal entries
      • Use photographs and videos
      • Track your route, distance, and location
    • Share with friends and family using popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter
    • #1 Travel Application as recognized by Google
      • Received $100,000 prize from Google for innovative concept and design
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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GateGuru

  • Features:
    • Maps of more than 204 airports
      • Find services, retailers and restaurants as reviewed by users
    • Check-in for flights
    • Flight information and real-time change notifications for thousands of worldwide airports
    • See security line wait times
    • View TripIt and Kayak itineraries
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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Viber

  • Features:
    • Make phone calls, text, and share pictures for free with other Viber users using your data plan
    • Call non-Viber phone numbers at low rates using ViberOut
  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms:
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Canva

  • Features:
    • Simple graphic design program for iPad
      • Create flyers, presentations, Facebook covers, Blog graphics, business cards, posters, invitations, and more
      • Use a template or start with a blank page
      • Search the Internet for graphics, photos, and fonts to use or upload your own
      • Edit photographs easily
      • Work with others on designs
  • Cost:  Free
  • Platform:  iPad only
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    LoungeBuddy

    • Features:
      • Find airport lounges all over the world
        • Find lounges available for a fee
        • Find lounges associated with airline elite status, lounge membership, and credit card affiliation
    • Cost:  Free
    • Platforms:
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      AirHelp

      • Features:
        • Get compensation if your EU flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked
          • For any flight subject to EU passenger rights
        • AirHelp handles your claim on a no win, no fee basis
          • If AirHelp is successful, you get 75% of the claim
      • Cost:  Free
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        Destination-Specific Guides

        • Available from local tourism boards and companies
        • Get more detail about a specific destination than a general guide book gives you
        • Examples:
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1 Response to Best Travel Apps

  1. DougLas says:

    I would also add one more awesome navigational app – Spyglass. It works great when offline, assuming that you pre-download maps that you need. It also have many useful features, such as marking waypoints, saving spots, measuring your speed and distance to the target, sharing locations with friends and much more. https://itunes.apple.com/app/spyglass/id332639548?mt=8&at=11lLc7&ct=c

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