Since travel apps seem to come and go faster than fashion trends, I decided it is time to update my list of favorite apps I use when traveling. I still recommend these from last year, but here are some of my new favorite travel apps that landed on my phone this year. Hopefully, you will love them as much as I do.
Favorite Travel Apps for 2016
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This app is great for communicating with caregivers when you are traveling or planning for a sitter. Little Peanut on the Go allows you to plan for packing, sharing schedules, and providing emergency contact information. My husband and myself have used it on several occasions to share our children’s schedules when I am away from home. I create a plan with the schedule and share it with him via the app so he can see where everyone needs to be at any given time. Little Peanut on the Go also has the ability to build packing lists and to-do lists. All it takes is a one-time in-app purchase to have the convenience of sharing information with any caregiver of your choice.
Rome2rio is a trip planner that helps you discover how to get anywhere. You enter any town, address or landmark as your destination and Rome2rio dsiplays flight, train, bus, ferry and driving options with estimated travel times and fares. It’s fun to just play around and dream some days about all the travel adventures you can have or even use it to plan your next vacation.
Yelp is a reliable source for recommendations of local businesses in your community or on the road. If you want to find the best ice cream nearby, odds are Yelp users will point you in the right direction. Not only is Yelp good for restaurants, it can also help with nearby gas stations, grocery stores, and playgrounds.
The trivago app is the world’s largest hotel search engine. The app compares over 900,000 deals from more than 250 booking sites daily to find the lowest rates, even at the last minute. Easy to use, some of the deals I have found are real bargains. I like how you can see reviews from all the different search engines together in one place, so you know if the hotel is a good choice. One of the newer apps I’m using, but definitely enjoying.
The perfect app for those who want real time traffic information. Waze relies on information from its community of users who act as “eyes on the road”, sharing up to the minute traffic tips, helping other drivers avoid traffic and accidents.
When you want to stay in touch overseas and don’t want to pay exorbitant fees, download WhatsApp, put your phone on airplane mode, and do all your communicating over WiFi. WhatsApp allows for phone calls and texting via WiFi, with relatively clear calls and quick texts. We’ve used in Europe and Mexico and would highly recommend.
As soon as we know we are traveling to a foreign country, we start teaching ourselves and our children some key phrases for our travels. Duolingo is the one app we’ve found where the kids don’t complain about learning the language. They love playing the games! The app offers free Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Dutch with more in the pipeline. Definitely a worthwhile app to have before and during a trip abroad.
When traveling without WiFi, one of the most frustrating things is not having access to your map function. City Maps 2Go allows you to download over 7,000 city maps with additional recommendations for dining, attractions, and local favorites to round out your itinerary.
Skyscanner is pretty awesome when it comes to finding the best prices for the dates you want to fly. Skyscanner compares millions of flights to find you the cheapest deal and they also can compare and find the cheapest hotels and car rental for your next trip.
Tripcase is a great way to organize your itinerary for any trip. You upload your flights, accommodations, and activities via email to the app and it creates an itinerary for you can view before and during your travels. You can also share the itinerary with others. It’s like having your own personal assistant and that’s never a bad thing.
*All of these apps are available on both the iOS and Android operating systems.
Do you have any favorite travel apps you would recommend?