Whether you are looking for the next place to visit or just arrived, these must own travel apps can improve the quality of your trip. As you will see, there is a travel app for almost anything that you want to do
1. Google Trips
Just as you use Google to search the web and check your e-mail, Google Trips can also help you plan your next trip. Whether you are looking for things to do, places to eat, or even creating a flight itinerary, this app can almost do it all.
While you can create an itinerary based on a travel guide you purchase, Google Trips has the option to map out a half day or full day itinerary for your destination. If you don’t like the itinerary you can waive the “magic wand” and the app will create a new one for you.
If you have a particular attraction or restaurant in mind, this must own travel app can also tell you the distance and show you directions with the in-app map.
2. Lonely Planet Guides
A digital take on the paperback guides that Lonely Planet publishes, the Lonely Planet Guides app is free. You can access guides to over 100 cities in the U.S. and around the globe on your smartphone or Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch.
Whether you want to travel to London, Nashville, Beijing, or Rio de Janeiro, you are in luck with Lonely Planet.
As so many other travel sectors are entering the “sharing economy” you can also skip the rental car agency with Turo. This app allows you to rent cars from private owners and save money in the process. Whether you want to rent a basic car like a Volkswagen Jetta or a Mercedes, you can find them on Turo.
It’s possible to save over $100 a day in rental fees. For example, you can rent a convertible Chevy Camaro in Los Angeles for $65 a day which can easily be $170 a day from a regular rental agency like Hertz. Plus, all cars rented from Turo are insured by Liberty Mutual Insurance with $1 million coverage in liability and rental car damages.
Turo is available in over 4,300 cities and 300 airports in the U.S., Canada, and U.K.
Cost: Free to Browse
Delayed flights are never fun and they usually mean you are going to spend part of your vacation stuck in “airport purgatory” instead of relaxing at your destination. With the FlightStats app, you can track the recent performance of particular flights to see if that 40-minute layover is actually possible. You can also use the app to track the real-time status of connecting flights if you are already traveling.
When your flight gets delayed, overbooked, or canceled, AirHelp can help you save $680 for domestic or European flights. If you meet the criteria for the country you are flying from to submit a claim, in about three minutes AirHelp will submit the paperwork for you and work on getting your refund.
Your odds of getting compensated for flights to or from Europe is much higher as EU law allows compensation for more flight delays and interruptions. It’s free to see if you delay qualifies, and, it only take three minutes to find out.
If a claim is successful, they keep 25% of the refund. If your claim is denied or AirHelp determines you do not qualify for a claim, you will not be charged a penny.
Cost: 25% for Approved Claims
Instead of scoping out Yelp or TripAdvisor for your next vacation, use Localeur. This is one of the few must-own travel apps that gets suggestions from local residents that know the best place to eat, visit, and play while you are in town.
Localeur covers approximately 50 major cities in the U.S. including San Francisco, Austin, Savannah, and Kansas City. Or, you can also check out Melbourne or Sydney, Australia if you plan to visit “the land down under.” You can research curated itineraries that might pique your interest or just find out the local hotspots.
7. Cafe Wifi
If you are on the hunt for free wifi, Cafe Wifi will list all the places you are currently located or traveling to that offer wifi. By using FourSquare and user generated reviews, you can find the hotspots and internet cafes that are not your typical Starbucks.
Currently, the app is only available for Apple devices. An Android app is in the works. The app does a pretty good job at finding the free wifi hotspots in the U.S. You can also find them in major international cities as well and Cafe Wifi is also rolling out coverage to smaller international towns too.
If you will be traveling alone, SoloTraveller is a social network app for travelers looking to connect across the globe. Whether you want to share a taxi ride, meet locals, or meet up with fellow like-minded backpackers, you will probably like this app.
Airbnb is a great way to find a place to sleep in over 191 countries. With its more straightforward approach that helps you communicate directly with the Airbnb host, you can find a place to sleep in a pinch if necessary.
Cost: Free to Browse
When you want to relax in the airport lounge during your next layover, LoungeBuddy monitors your airline status and credit card benefits to locate airport lounges you have access to. If you do not have lounge membership for the current airport you are visiting, you can also purchase access using the LoungeBuddy app.
You can also use the app to view reviews, photos, and amenities that other lounge visitors have posted to the app as well.