10 Travel Apps You Need For Your Next Trip
There are many ways in which our smartphones have made life easier. One of those ways is most certainly travel. This past December, my wife and I took a trip to Europe to visit Amsterdam and London. My phone became my second appendage and made many aspects of our trip substantially easier. Thanks to Verizon’s new travel pass service, all I had to do was turn my phone on when we touched down in Amsterdam and I immediately had service. Without further ado here is my list of my ten favorite apps you should download before your next trip.
The Google Translate app is extremely helpful when traveling abroad to a country where English is not spoken regularly. With over 100 language translations available, this app has gotten me out of a few language barrier binds. The app even allows you to take photos of text and it will translate it for you! Currently you are able to download languages for offline translation on android devices only. As of writing this article, Microsoft just announced this week that their translate app will soon be available offline for iOS devices.
Awardwallet has been one of my go to sites for years. This site brings all of your loyalty accounts (hotels, airlines, rental cars, etc.) into one central hub to let you see all your points and miles balances in one place. You are even able to login to any of the accounts directly from Awardwallet with one click. The Awardwallet app is great and makes checking your balances on the go very handy. They will even send you a push notification when any of your balances change in value.
Flightradar24 is a flight tracking app that shows live air traffic from every aircraft from around the world. It provides schedule and flight status data from airlines and airports. This app is very fun to play around with and takes the guessing game out of picking people up at the airport or waiting to meet people at a connection. There is a $2.99 one-time fee for this app, which I feel is well worth it. I know this is one of Mr. TT’s favorite apps. Check out our review here.
Sometimes using points and miles on a flight either doesn’t make sense or just isn’t an option (for example when you have specific dates that can’t be adjusted and the miles redemption is overpriced). For situations like this I always turn to Hopper. Hopper predicts the optimal time to book a flight by analyzing thousands of fares daily and alerts people when to book via the app when prices drop below the historic average. You can use their “Watch a Flight” feature and they will notify you at the best time to book based on historical data. I have saved a fair amount of money with this tool.
TripIt allows you to build easy to read travel itineraries that can easily be shared with others you may be traveling with. All you need to do is forward confirmation emails for flight, hotel and rental car reservations to the app and they will automatically build the itinerary for you. This is especially helpful for long, complicated trips with multiple stops and methods of travel. Tripit will also notify you if you have a delay, departure, or cancellation on your next flight.
This app takes the stress out of packing for any trip. PackPoint builds custom packing lists based on the weather of your destination city and any plans you have while there. It will even help you make sure you pack enough of the basics for the duration of your stay. For an additional $2.99 you can download the premium version, which allows you to sync the app to your TripIt account. It will then automatically create packing lists for your TripIt created itineraries, among other things.
LoungeBuddy is great if you have elite status on an airline which allows access to their premium airport lounges, or if you are a member of Priority Pass through your American Express Platinum card membership. LoungeBuddy will tell you where the closest lounges are to your location and let you know which of them you have access to in any airport. You are also able to see photos, amenities, and reviews from other travelers. This helps if trying to decide between a few different lounges you may be able to access. Through a recent update, you can now also buy one time access to some lounges directly through the app.
The TripAdvisor app brings millions of restaurant, bar, hotel, and sightseeing reviews to your fingertips. Travelers rate them on a 5-star scale, which gives you a fantastic travel guide at your fingertips. This is a great tool if you don’t want to page through thousands of reviews and travel recommendations for your destination. I also highly recommend the Yelp app to give even more restaurant review options!
This is one of the most interesting travel apps of the last few years. This app is from the U.S. government and is a phenomenal option for international travelers who do not have Global Entry. It only works in Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco, but it is expected to roll out to more locations. The app allows users to enter their passport and travel information, submit it and electronically, and generate a receipt to show at customs and immigration checkpoints when coming back into the country. See our review here.
Google maps has saved Mr. TT and I more times than we can count. There is no easier way to figure out subway or tram schedules in any city around the world. It also makes both walking and driving directions a breeze. You can also now download maps while you’re connected to use while offline. This is a must-have if you are traveling internationally!
What are your favorite phone apps? We would love to hear in the comments below!