6 Best Travel Apps

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Traveling can be stressful and with the holidays coming up I bet a lot of you will be traveling to spend time with loved ones. Between booking the trip and then the actual traveling, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite travel apps that I could never live without. From the first stages of planning my trip to getting to my final destination, I use all of these and would be totally lost without them.

TripIt: TripIt gets first on the list because I would probably miss half of my flights if I didn’t have it. You can read my more in-depth thoughts on it here. Whenever you book something, whether it’s a flight, a hotel, a train or even a theater ticket, all you have to do is forward it to TripIt and it will add it to your account under a specific trip. It can add all of the details from the email and can combine multiple aspects for one trip into one easy section. No more fumbling around for your record locator and no more panic attacks over not remembering the time your fight departs and not being able to find the email. The service is free, but you can also pay for TripIt Pro, which will send you updates about your flight, gate, delays, cancellations and more and it can also offer you alternate flights if a flight is canceled or delayed. You can read more about TripIt Pro here, and it’s only $49 a year.

Kayak: When it comes to booking flights there are so many different booking sites out there it’s hard to know where to even begin. Kayak is my personal favorite for a few reasons. Unlike specific booking sites, Kayak will pull up the prices across dozens of airline and booking sites and puts them all into one easy-to-access place. When you search for flights on Kayak, you can also tick some boxes to search Priceline, Expedia and CheapOair as well, so if you’re looking for more options this automatically cuts your time spent on various sites in half. There is also an option on Kayak to include nearby airports to what you’ve put in, so for example if you’re searching for flights out of JFK, it will also bring up LaGuardia and Newark flights as well to easily compare prices. If you don’t have set dates for your trip yet you can select the flexible date option and it will show you the dates surrounding the one you picked to help you find the cheapest option. Finally, I find Kayak is the most reliable in actual prices airlines and booking sites charge, it sometimes includes budget airlines (where a lot of booking sites don’t), and it’s even begun to allow you to book through it’s own site.

Orbitz: Like Kayak, Orbitz will search for the cheapest flight, but I like it because when you book through it, they will give you Orbucks, which you can then redeem for future bookings. It isn’t much, but if you’re going to book through them anyway, at least you can get something back to use later.

Hotel Tonight: I’ve been following Hotel Tonight since it came out and it’s improved a lot since the beginning. The purpose of Hotel Tonight is to get great deals when booking hotels last minute. Its flaw when it started was that it only let you search and book hotels within 24 hours, and I found very few circumstances where this would actually be super useful. Now you can look at dates up to seven days out, which is far more useful for the vast majority of people. They do tend to have better last-minute deals than other booking sites so if you ever find yourself in a pinch, checking this app is a must.

TripAdvisor: Obviously TripAdvisor is a website as well, but if you’re on the go this app is beyond useful. If I’m looking for reviews for anything from a hotel or restaurant to an attraction, TripAdvisor is my first stop. There have been countless times I’ve been sitting somewhere with free WiFi in a foreign country trying to look up reviews for something on the TripAdvisor app; it’s one of the most widely used reviewing sites so no matter what you’re looking for I almost guarantee it’ll be on there.

Google Maps: This might sound like a dumb suggestion, but something a lot of people don’t know is that you can actually save maps of cities offline for use when you have no data or WiFi. All you have to do is go to the city you want and scroll about a bit to load it, then go to the menu and select “save offline.” I can’t even tell you how many times this has saved me from wandering aimlessly through a city wondering where the heck I am.

These are my personal favorite travel apps, but other notable ones are Airbnb, Dropbox (you can save these documents offline as well), Uber and Google Translate. These apps keep my life in order and whether you’re traveling 20 times a year or just one, these apps offer something for everyone. What are some travel apps you guys can’t live without?

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  • The Southern Fried Bride

    Love finding out about these these apps for my upcoming holiday and New Year’s travel! Thank you for sharing these great resources.

  • Love all of these apps! I had never heard of Hotel Tonight, but it seems pretty handy and I will be downloading it in a bit. Excited to try it out!

    • It is! I don’t normally book things so last minute, but when you need it, it’s SO handy.

  • Pinning this for later. I use TripAdvisor and obvs Google Maps but haven’t heard of any of these!!!! Thanks girl!!! xo

    • Thanks, Chelsea! So glad this will be helpful for you! 🙂

  • I’m in the midst of planning a trip for Spring Break and this was just the post I needed!! So perfect. Thank you for compiling them up. 🙂

  • Oh never heard of TripIt. I’m going to check it out. Thanks for this great list!

  • A couple of these I hadn’t heard of, so I’m pinning it to my travel board. Thanks!

  • Sarah Twain

    Have you tried Momondo- that’s my app of choice. Especially when booking flights. Will have to check out TripIt.

    • I have, Sarah! Momondo is very good and I do like it, it’s definitely one of the better ones. I do find that Kayak has the ability to weed out fake prices more though and there’s nothing worse than finding a great deal and clicking through to find it doesn’t exist! Lol. Thanks for reading!

  • amotherworld

    I haven’t heard of TripIt – will have to check out! I use TripAdvisor and Google Maps all the time when I travel.

  • Jessica Lyn Humrich

    I love google maps but did not know you could save them offline! Handy!

    • I know, Jessica! It’s so handy and when I discovered that I was SO excited!

  • Thanks for the suggestions! I always love Tripadvisor 🙂

    • Thanks! TripAdvisor is the best– my go to for EVERYTHING.

  • These are awesome! I used the Airbnb app and Trip Advisor app quite a bit during our Europe trip. One of my favorite map apps is Citimaps 2 Go. It cost about $5 but you have unlimited access to interactive maps of hundreds of cities that you can save to your phone and use while you’re data or wifi is off. It was a GAME changer during our trip when we were trying to find places! You’ll have to check it out 🙂

    • Thanks, Lauren! I’ve heard of that! It’s definitely something I’ll need to look into buying. I don’t mind paying for apps as long as I get my money’s worth, which I definitely would with that! Thanks!

  • I haven’t tried Hotel Tonight yet mainly because I haven’t had a need for a last minute hotel. I could see this working out really well if you are traveling across country and not sure exactly where you are going to end up for the night.
    xo, Laura

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    • Yeah totally, Laura. I’ve found it super useful a few times when I booked a really last minute trip– it’s great for that kind of stuff!

  • Intriguing! I’ve used a few of these as websites, but hadn’t thought of trying the phone version before!

    • You definitely should, Rachel. They’re really useful, especially on the go!

  • Liz

    Good to know! I wast just on vacation.. and totally got the travel bug. I’ll keep these in mind for our next trip!

    • I hope you do, Liz! Further excuses to travel lol!

  • Antonio Vereen

    Thanks for this list. Some of these I had no idea about. Going to be a lot of traveling in the coming year and these will help out. 😉

    • Good! So glad to help and thanks for reading!

  • Yes! Great list! Just started using Kayak and I love it. I’ve heard of Hotel tonight, but haven’t used it yet. Nice to know that it’s not just the 24 hour app now. Love TripAdvisor for reviews!

    • Thanks for reading, Kelly! It’s definitely the best in my opinion in terms of the booking/searching sites. Hotel Tonight has definitely become a lot more useful since they increased it to 7 days. It’s still not available in a lot of cities, but it’s definitely growing!

  • Great list!!! I always use Orbitz and google maps!! I need to try Kayak!

    • Thanks, Brittany! I hope you do give it a try, it’s totally my favorite.

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  • I love Flying (it connects with TripIt and logs all your flights! so tells you how far you’ve travelled and all different stats!), moflow and Spendee (for travel expenses), Packpoint (packing), Tripomatic and Triposo (for itinerary planning) 🙂

    • Nice! I’ve not heard of some of those, but I’ve always used FlightDiary, but Flying sounds better because it connects with TripIt! On FlightDiary you need to physically go in and enter all of the flight info. Thanks so much for sharing!