20 Awesome Free Apps You Need The Next Time You Travel

Thanks to technology, gone are the days of overpaying for flights, struggling to book a place to stay when you travel, or suffering through terrible meals at subpar

restaurants. With so many available apps to help you out, which ones are really going to save you time and money or make your trip more fun? We want you to have the best travel experience from start to finish so here are some  applications will put you at ease so you can focus on enjoying your trip.

1. Your personal Travel planner: Google Trip (iTunesGoogle Play)

Google Trips helps you to organise all of the details of your travel. So it pulls information such as flight times and hotel reservations from your inbox and pairs them with in-depth travel guides to your destination. One of the biggest benefits of Google Trips is that you can download everything (including maps) and use it off-line. So you don’t need to use data or Wi-Fi when you are on your trip.

2. Weather: AccuWeather (iTunesGoogle Play)

Wondering what to pack for your trip, or not sure what to wear in the morning? Accuweather provides you with accurate weather forecasts for pretty much most destinations in the world. There are a lot of weather apps out there, but we think that this one is the most consistent.

3. A travel agent in your pocket: Lola (iTunes/Google Play)

Created by Kayak cofounder Paul English, Lola is an app with a messaging interface that connects users with a team of travel consultants who can take care of every step of the planning process. The app uses a combination of artificial intelligence and an experienced staff to provide travelers with an alternative to many of the DIY travel websites out there.

4. For flight planning and saving: Hopper (iTunes/Google Play)

The basic premise of Hopper is that you set up what days you want to fly, then Hopper sends push notifications telling you how prices are changing and recommends when you should buy. Then you can buy tickets for your flight directly in the app. . If you want to wait or are looking up multiple routes, you can save the routes and you’ll be notified when the price goes down. Along with searching, users can also shop for flights on this ad-free app.

5. For hotel searching: Agoda (iTunes/Google Play)

Allow Agoda to use your current location to help you find a last-minute hotel, or search ahead of time for one of 925,000 hotels and vacation rentals. However you search, the app shows you a list and map of hotel options and highlights if there’s a deal within the selected location and dates. Simple yet sophisticated, Agoda also has search filters to help narrow down the results and options for how to view prices (in various currencies and by the base price or the total). Each hotel page features photos, reviews, amenities, and other information to help you decide.

 6. To help you find a place to crash last-minute: Overnight (iTunes)

Overnight offers on-demand booking of short-term rentals — think Airbnb meets Hotel Tonight. Overnight’s rentals are often cheap (you can book private rooms or entire homes), and users can often find accommodations in 10 minutes or less.

7. For translating languages: Google Translate (iTunes/Google Play)

Google has a few different apps useful for travel. Among them is its translator tool. Google Translate helps users translate 103 different languages through typing, voice, or camera (with about 30 languages able to be translated through photo). Save time by favoriting certain translations to pull out when you need them. And if you don’t plan to have international data on your trip, 50 of the languages can be downloaded and used for off-line translations.

8. For converting currency and measurements: XE Currency (iTunes) (Google Play)

Simple and vast, this app is helpful for making quick conversions. With over 5,900 units in 44 categories, you’ll easily be able to compare currencies or convert back and forth from the metric system. Only available on iPhone, iPad, and iPad touch.

9. Create and share a list of recommendations within the app: Google Maps (iTunes/Google Play)

In February, Google rolled out an update for iOS and Android devices that lets people build and share lists of recommended places within Google Maps. Users can follow their friends’ lists, as well as view and edit them on the desktop version of Maps. Lists are also available to view and edit offline.

The feature is perfect for travel, both for helping your friends and family on future trips or simply remembering all the places you visited while you were there.

10. For driving and road trips: Waze (iTunes/Google Play)

For road-trippers, Waze is a community-based mapping, traffic, and navigation app. Drivers in the area share real-time traffic and road info to help everyone save time. You can even save money on gas, as drivers share prices for all the gas stations in the area.

11. Local Lingo: Duolingo (iTunesGoogle Play)

Want to learn a bit of the local lingo before you go? Duolingo will help you do just that. Whether you’re a complete beginner, intermediate or advanced, the app will assess your current capability and give you a tailored set of lessons that will have you speaking your chosen language with ease in no time. Plus, it’s really good (read a bit annoying but effective) at reminding you to do your daily practice, so there’s no excuse for slacking. One of the star picks from our best free travel apps list. 

12. Airbnb but for renting cars: Turo (iTunes/Google Play)

Turo lets you rent a car directly from its owner rather than going through companies like Hertz or Enterprise. Turo is a car rental marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want, wherever they want it, from a community of local car owners throughout the US, Canada & UK. You can rent cool cars, like a Tesla Model S or a Range Rover Sport, or choose something a bit more dependable, like a Toyota Camry or Jeep Compass. Either way, it’s all done through the app and may help you get a better rate than at the big rental companies.

  13. For meal searching: Foodspotting (iTunes/Google Play)

With a focus on helping you decide what to eat instead of just where, this app acts as a visual menu for the food in the area you’re in. See what other Foodspotters recommend through their photos and information about the dishes they’ve had, and read comments from those who’ve tried the dishes. Each dish also has information about the restaurant where it’s available and a link to its Yelp reviews. Every Foodspotter also has their own page. If you’ve enjoyed a recommended dish from someone, you can follow them to see the rest of their food travels.

14. For local tips: Cool Cousin (iTunes)

One of the newer apps in our list, Cool Cousin features maps curated by locals from different backgrounds and industries. After selecting a featured city, you choose who your guide, or “cool cousin,” will be. For example, if you plan to visit London and like food, one of the cousins might be a foodie who can share little-known outdoor hideaways and their favorite terrace restaurants. You can get advice from multiple cousins at one time. It’s currently available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Along with London, other cities include Tel Aviv, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Rio de Janeiro. The developers are working on an Android version and plan to add more cities.

15. Your cool friend who knows all the best restaurants: Infatuation (iTunes / Google Play )

But the best part of The Infatuation is how specific it is — meaning it almost never steers you wrong. Looking for a place you can take a screaming child (and not get death stares)? There’s a guide for that. Need a restaurant (or 35) where you could get away with eating in your gym clothes? Infatuation is your guide.

16. Tipping Locally: Fancy Tips (iTunes

Tipping is a tricky business – the rules vary so much from country to country it can be hard to keep on top of the rules. Fancy Tips helps you navigate the muddy waters of tipping in your chosen location and lets you calculate the appropriate tip in accordance with the local customs. It also has handy guides about tipping for each country too, so you don’t have to whip out your phone each time to work out the amounts.

17. For pet owners: Pet First Aid (iTunes/Google Play)

Created by the American Red Cross, this is an essential resource for dog and cat owners. Along with access to step-by-step instructions for common first aid and emergency situations, the app can be especially useful when traveling with your pet. In the emergency section of the app, users can look up the closest vet hospitals in the area. Pet First Aid also includes a pet-friendly hotel finder, powered by BringFido, and there’s a guide to pet travel that discusses what to do before and during car, air, or boat travel.

18. Communicating  anywhere there’s wifi access: WhatsApp (iTunes / Google Play)

No introduction, no explanation needed right? WhatsApp is the global messaging app that’s pretty much universally used wherever you are in the world. Gone are the days of expensive International SMS fees – we don’t miss them and we’re pretty sure that you don’t either.

19.  This will make your vacation photos look professionally shot and Instagram-ready: VSCO(iTunes /Google Play )

VSCO is a free app that lets you fine-tune your photos — with beautiful results. It’s easy to make minor adjustments to your photos or test the variety of filters available, and the app often adds new filters to its marketplace (although not all of them are free). While Instagram is catching up when it comes to editing capabilities, VSCO is still the best photo-editing app out there.

Tab wants to eliminate the headache of trying to split a bill among a large party. The app lets you take a photo of the check, select your items, and calculate the correct tax and tip each person should pay.

20. For fitness on the go: Nike Training Club (iTunes/Google Play)

With over a hundred workouts with clear audio and visual guidance from experts, this app helps you exercise anywhere. Choose from workouts with no equipment or ones that can be used in a gym. Sort by the amount of time you have available, different levels of intensity, and other factors to help you personalize your new, on-the-go routine.



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