Whether traveling for pleasure or business, let these apps guide you along every step of the journey – from planning trips and navigating airports, straight through to finding the best accommodations, restaurants and attractions in cities around the world.
Free | iOS (Android coming soon)
Start planning with Trippy, an app that connects with Facebook to collect trip recommendations from the people who know you best – your friends. Find out which of your friends have visited or lived in a particular city and collect their top picks for local attractions, restaurants and accommodations. After gathering feedback, create a trip itinerary to keep destination maps and phone numbers close at hand.
Head to the airport with GateGuru, an all-in-one guide for major airports across the world, providing customized information based on your itinerary. Simply input your itinerary, and the app sends push notifications and updates about upcoming flights, including departure and arrival gates and terminals. It also includes airport maps and security wait times, and a complete directory of restaurants, services and shops within the airport, including Yelp-style reviews from other users.
For some travelers, a hotel may simply be a place to rest their heads. But for users of Airbnb, a service that connects travelers with people who have space to rent, the accommodation itself may very well be an integral part of a unique and authentic experience. Accommodation on Airbnb ranges from simple guest rooms in homes, to entire private islands. Browse and book over 200,000 accommodations within the app available in more than 192 countries, available at a wide range of price points.
Looking for more traditional accommodation, and need it fast? Try Hotel Tonight, an app that partners with hotels around the world to offer last-minute deals that are up to 70 percent off standard rates. Everyday at noon, find available hotel rooms for that same night that can be booked in cities around the world at a discounted rate, and available until 2 a.m. the next morning.
Find. Eat. Drink.
Free | iOS
Now that you’re warm and settled, it’s time to grab a bite to eat at one of the city’s best local eateries. Find. Eat. Drink uncovers the favorite restaurants, bars and specialty food shops of top chefs, sommeliers and bartenders in cities around the world. Simply open the app and it will offer recommendations nearby. Or, plan the trip ahead of time by entering the destination city of your travels and saving interesting venues for later reference. You’ll be surprised at the hidden gems that these industry professionals uncover.
Free | iOS
Whether traveling for work or for pleasure, breaking bread with new friends is generally a highlight for many. Grubwithus allows people to join in on group dinners happening in cities around the world. Simply type in the destination city to find group dinners happening at restaurants in that city that revolve around particular themes. Reserve a spot for a meal directly within the app, which includes appetizers, entrees and desserts, frequently service family-style, all for average price of $25 US.
Tired of lugging around that heavy guidebook? Just download one of over 80 free digital guidebooks available within the Triposo app to lighten your load. The guidebooks work offline without requiring an Internet connection, and cover more than 15,000 destinations across the world, including sightseeing venues, restaurants, nightlife and hotels. The app also lists tours, events, and parks in the city for those who want to refresh with a nature break.
One of the sticky points of travel can be a language barrier that prevents proper communication. Vocre is an instant translator that supports a wide range of languages. Simply speak into the app, and it will translate and speak out the phrase in the language of your choice. And when that person responds, it will translate their speech into English so you don’t miss a beat.
You may be traveling in space, but how about traveling in time? Historypin will take you back in time and show you photos of attractions from the past. For example, open up the app in front of the Eiffel Tower and see photos of visitors who came before you overlaid on top of the modern scene, with photos as far back as the 1840s. Make sure to add your own photos to the app to leave your mark on history. The app was created in partnership with Google and relies on contributions from libraries and users across the world.
This simple app will allow you to convert every world currency, and get insight into currency conversion rate changes over time, so you’ll know whether or not it’s a good time to convert your extra cash. The rates refresh every minute, and up to ten currency conversions can be tracked within the app at any time. Additionally, the app can be used as a rate conversion calculator even when not connected to the Internet or a data connection.