5 Must Have Travel Apps

Posted on Aug 8 2013 - 11:21am by Victoria Heckstall


It’s always fun to get away and travel to a new country or even a new state. However, there are times when things don’t always go as planned. Whether it’s missing a flight, running out of gas, needing an extra hotel room, or not sure what to do with your free time, there are things that can pop up at any given time to throw you off kilter. With our lives growing busier by the day, it is essential to have tools to make traveling a lot easier. Whether you are traveling for business or for leisure, below are 5 must have travel apps that you should download today.

Travel Planner

First up is the TripIt app. The TripIt app is a travel planner that is available on the iPhone, Android, and even Blackberry devices. As you receive confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, etcIt imports and conveniently organizes all the travel details you need in one place. It even provides maps to and from your airport, pick-up and drop-off times for your rental car and more. You can even add plans to meet with your friends and family for lunch and it will be added to your agenda.TripItalso has the ability to scan your email inbox for travel companies and automatically import them to create your TripIt itinerary. Of course, you can easily share your travel plans to your favorite social media website or via email with the simple click of a button.

Save on Gas

Next is the GasBuddy app. Whether you are traveling to a neighboring city or taking a long road trip, there will be a sense of peace in knowing where the nearest gas station is and more importantly which has the cheapest gas price. This app helps you to save money and plan your time on the road more efficiently. The GasBuddy app will also help you avoid running out of gas particularly when driving through long stretches of roads with very few business establishments in sight.

Hotel Accommodations

If you find yourself in need of a hotel at the last minute especially when flights may get cancelled and there’s no hotel vouchers for compensation, then check out the Priceline app. Even though you can use this app for flights and rental cars, the rave reviews are for finding great deals on hotels. This app searches for the hotel nearest your desired location and allows you to book directly from your phone. Whether you are booking in advanced, at the last minute, or checking in after midnight, the Priceline app will get you the accommodations you need.

Stay Connected

Another must-have app is the WiFi finder. It seems the smarter the cell phones get, the more expensive the data roaming charges are. To save money on your bill, use the WiFi finder app to locate the nearest wireless internet connection. It lets you know where the nearest free or paid publicly available hotspot it. This app helps you to stay connected to friends, family, or even the workplace should you need to while on travel.

Local Fun and Convenience

Last but not least is the app that helps you enjoy your new or old surroundings by giving you access to all things local. Whether you’re trying to find the nearest restaurant or need to know the next show time for the movie you’ve been wanting to see, the AroundMe app will help you. This app is integrated with your mobile GPS device and will take you to your nearest destination. You never have to worry about where to go or what to do with the AroundMe app conveniently installed on your mobile device.

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About the Author

Victoria Heckstall is a professional writer who has been writing online since 2011. She is also the owner of Young Work At Home Moms where she shares advice with others who want to work from home.