10 Travel Apps You Need To Download Right Now

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If you have been reading my content for a while now, you will know I am a huge fan of the open road. Getting in my car with a vague destination in mind, lousy car food, and fantastic company are just some of the reasons I love going on road trips. Whether you are a flyer or a driver, we all have a little bit of wanderlust in our hearts. Through many mistakes that turned into memorable moments, I have become a little smarter in my traveling expeditions. One of the vast improvements is being adequately prepared and having the right apps to help me along the way.

It doesn't matter if you are going on a single trip or planning multiple excursions, these apps are worthy of a download. They can help you book your flights, organize your plans, and so much more. While we all love spontaneity, having these apps will make your vacation (or business trip) sail smoothly. After all, there is no such thing as being too prepared. Your phone can be your travel agent, music playlist, and connection to the outside world while away from home.

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Kayak
This app has over 10 million downloads to-date for a reason. It is your one-stop shop for the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals. This app shows you price forecasts, so you know when the ideal time to purchase will be and will also keep all your information safe. This means you can keep your hotel confirmations, gate number, and so much more right at your fingertips. They search all over the internet for amazing deals, so you don't have to go through all the work.

Kayak is an excellent app for planning your trip and keeping you organized. With all of your necessities in one place, it is easy to see where your money is going and you'll feel confident that you are getting the best deal. The great thing about this app is that you can access it from your computer, tablet, IOS, or Android phone.

TripCase –Travel Organizer
This is an app that might not be as known but is definitely a necessity for anyone on the road (or plane). TripCase genuinely takes all the worry out of your head and plants it all on this one app. You can organize all your details and plans into one simple itinerary. You can arrange all your flight, hotel, and car information here to quickly access on the go. This app also lets you see if any flight information has changed, where your seat is, and shares your trip information with others (if you want), so your loved ones or business associates are always up to date.

That is not all this magical app does though. You can get an uber through here, look at different directions, and save restaurants and events you would like to see while visiting areas. Want to add a museum to your list? You can easily do that with this app! TripCase is definitely worthy of a download. Give your brain a rest and let this app do the work for you.

Airbnb
I'm assuming you have all heard of this, but if not I'll give a little summary. Airbnb is kind of like Uber for places to stay. People will put their apartments, houses, cabins, etc. on here for anyone to rent out for a night (or a week). What I love about this is that you get the amenities of a house while away from home. Depending on where you are staying, Airbnb can be a lot more affordable and give you a unique experience you won't get anywhere else. Airbnb also offers Trips; a feature that allows you to experience curated events by local guides.

Sound like something you want to do? You can use your house for this and get a few dollars as well! You can find out more information on the site (or app) and see if renting out your house is a good fit for you. After all, if you are going to be away from your home, then you might as well make some money!

Uber
Whether you are traveling or not, Uber is something we should all have on our phones. This is an incredible app that gives you a taxi ride from locals for (usually) a more affordable price. I love using this when traveling because it takes the hassle of renting a car out of the way. You just sign up and, when you need a ride, put out your location and your final destination. Whoever is around (and is wanting to do the drive) will agree to it and come to pick you up.

This is also an incredible app for anyone planning on going out for a few drinks. Instead of worrying about how you will get home, you can quickly get a ride from one of the many users this app has. The best thing? You don't need cash in hand! Everything is done electronically, so you don't have to worry about stopping by an ATM. Want to be an Uber driver? You can go to the site to see the requirements and start making money driving around town.

Google Maps
This is a must for obvious reasons. I believe all phones automatically carry this but, if not, you can easily download it. Google Maps takes that paper map out of the equation. Just type in where you want to go, and it will give you the quickest route. You can use this for driving, walking, or even bicycling. I am 100% sure that I would not be here today if it weren't for this app. It has gotten me out of many sticky situations while on the road.

Don't have the data for this app? You can easily download maps so that you are never without it in certain situations (a necessity when you are in a no connection zone). You can also use this to find local museums, restaurants, or even gas stations nearby. Trust me, after you apply this once you wonder how you ever got around without it.

PackPoint
Are you a person who always forgets some critical item when packing? If you are, then this is the app for you! PackPoint has been the topic of a lot of articles due to its phenomenal abilities. How does it work? First, you let it know where you are going, the duration of time, and different events you might be attending. It will then curate a list of things you should pack for the trip. It will even check the weather for you and let you know if you need to bring warmer clothing, an umbrella, and other necessities.

After you make your list, you can save it and share with others in case you have more than one person going on the trip. With this app, you'll never feel like you forgot something again. Or, if you are like me, have to go to a Wal-Mart to purchase a package of underwear because you completely forgot to pack any.

Google Translate
Are you visiting a different country? Don't forget to bring this gem with you. This app has been around for a while and is still an incredible place to translate almost anything. Through the years it has become much more conversational and currently offers over 100 languages. You can save common phrases, listen to translated words, or even draw different signs and words to translate. Don't have internet? It will still translate over 50 different languages for you.

XECurrency
Again, if you are traveling to different countries, this will be a must on your phone. With constant upgrades, they give you the most up to date information and continuously download to your phone, so you don't have to have an internet connection. With this, you can easily calculate your finances without having to do the math in your head. Don't let your money become confusing while away from home.

Yelp
Do you remember getting those big books each year filled with numbers? You know, a phone book? Yelp has become the new yellow pages with the electronic age. You can get all your restaurants and bars from around the world on this app. Find the best-rated places to go and what people are saying about them with this app. Yelp also gives you information about the local business like hours, phone number, and address for quick convenience. This is definitely a great download when you are in an unfamiliar place and want to try something new.

Spotify
Yes, this has nothing to do with travel. That being said, I think Spotify is a necessity for anyone on the road. With the premium feature, you can stream all of your favorite songs offline while driving to your destination. This is great for those areas that receive no reception. I have at least five different playlists that are designated for road trips. You can create a playlist or just follow one of the millions already established. Spotify is an excellent alternative for anyone who doesn't have CD's or when the radio turns into static.

Let me know in the comments below some of your favorite traveling apps out there. I barely touched the surface of the fantastic apps on the internet that help you get the most out of your traveling experiences. These are just some of my favorites that I know I could not live without.


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