Do you know that over 70% of US travelers use their smartphones when traveling? Travelers use mobile devices for almost every aspect of travel. This includes booking trips, planning activities, directions, locating restaurants, reviews and so much more. Maybe because I know what it’s like to travel without a smartphone, the more I travel, the more I appreciate mine. Traveling is easier now thanks to being able to quickly search for things online plus a variety of helpful apps. With so many available apps and new ones popping up almost daily, how do you choose the right ones? I am sharing some of my favorite and best travel apps you should know about.
What are the best free travel apps?
After doing my own research when it comes to travel themed apps, I have learned that there are lots of really great free ones. Some of the apps actually help you to be a better and more informed traveler.
There are apps that can help you plan, book, pack, get lost, explore and a whole lot more.
Before you start planning or head out on your next trip you should definitely download some of these apps so you can get the most out of your travel experiences.
15 Best Travel Apps
This is one of the travel apps I have used the longest. My favorite feature is that you don’t have to know where you want to go because Skiplagged will show you when you can find the cheapest flights to certain destinations.
Download the free app, or even use the desktop site to start saving money when booking airfare and hotels. With Skiplagged you don’t have to worry about experiencing fraud when booking travel, like some other third party sites, because you will be getting the best available rates anywhere.
Skipplagged is how I discovered last year that the least expensive time to visit Paris was March, and I was able to take a budget friendly trip there.
Even the free version of this incredible app will have all of your travel plans organized in seconds. Simply forward your travel confirmations to firstname.lastname@example.org so TripIt can create a master itinerary for you.
Not only does it create a schedule for your travels, but TripIt can also can help you navigate your way around while traveling. Easily sync your travel plans to your calendar or share them via text or email. This is one of my favorite apps to use when I travel without my family, especially so my husband can stay updated on where I am.
Guess what else this app can do? Track flight compensation eligibility if your flight is delayed. TripIt is one of the most intuitive apps I have ever come across.
This app is extremely helpful when you are traveling in another country and don’t speak the language. It helps you connect and communicate, while also learning at the same time.
You will be able to speak, snap a picture, write or type in order to talk to someone who speaks a different language.
I loved that many of the Uber drivers in Paris used Google Translate.
Learn a language for free with this app anywhere at anytime. Duolingo makes learning a language fun thanks to earning points, racing the clock and being able to level up.
This app helped me brush up on my French before visiting Paris. There is also Duolingo Plus, which is ad-free, lets you save courses offline, plus supports their mission of bringing free education to millions.
5. Trail Wallet
This app was created by a couple who has been traveling full time since 2010. Budget, track expenses in your home or local currencies, see how much left you have to spend while traveling and more.
My teenage son will be traveling to Europe this summer without us and he will definitely be using this app. I like that he’ll be able to take photos of his receipts, upload to the app, then share the information with us no matter where he is in the world.
Plan your vacation, manage your reservations, select/modify Fast Passes and get attraction wait times with this magical app.
The only thing this app can’t do is get rid of the crowds, but read here for some crowded Disney Park strategies.
Make booking travel easier with this app that predicts prices to save you money, while also helping you book flights and hotels.
This app doesn’t only have to be used for travel, but it really helps when traveling with people that you are sharing expenses with.
We used this app on a girls trip earlier this year and it was great for keeping track of expenses and calculating who owes who and how much.
The Mobile Passport app enables U.S. passport holders and Canadian visitors to submit their passport and declaration information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via their mobile device instead of completing the traditional paper form. They can then access separate, expedited Mobile Passport lanes in the Federal inspection area, which saves time.
Peace of mind so you can count on a ride even when you are far away from home.
The Uber app and service has been so helpful to me when traveling, especially since I don’t usually like to rent my own car.
No need to worry about directions, language barriers or making sure you have cash on hand since everything is done right through the Uber app.
We are a family who loves a good road trip. Last year we road tripped it 12 hours straight through from Colorado to New Mexico and then ended up at this luxurious resort in Arizona. This is not only one of the best travel apps, but it has also become one of our best road trip friends.
Roadtrippers is a free app and desktop site that will route your road trip while helping you discover places in between to explore.
This app is so powerful it even includes fuel cost estimation and a function to explore places within a set distance from your route.
I love that the app also provides road trip tips, travel inspiration and encouragement to actually go off the beaten path.
Packing for travel is always something I often hear stresses people out. Packr will make your life much easier, along with my carry on luggage essentials. This app is the ultimate travel packing list.
Not sure about the weather when and where you are traveling? Packr will give you the 8 day forecast and the packing list will automatically update depending on the weather and temperature.
This app offers support for multi-destination trips and for parents there is a family mode when you have to pack for the kids.
13. XE Currency
This app gives you access to the world’s currencies right at your fingertips.
When traveling internationally I found this app so helpful for easily calculating foreign exchange rates.
Flio is your personal smartphone flight companion. Thanks to Flio’s real time flight status system, you get instant updates on your boarding time, gate, delays and where to pick up your luggage.
That’s not all this app can do… Flio is also an airport guide (lounges, food, shopping, terminal maps), provides discounts and vouchers to help save you time and money, and also a social app.
The only issue about this free travel app is that I wish I knew about it sooner. Tipping varies from country to country and it’s tough to know when to tip, when not to tip and how much.
GlobeTips app detects the country you are in automatically, helps if you need to split the check, calculates the amount and provides a complete tipping guidance based on the local culture and traditions. GlobeTips offers tipping advice for 240 countries and regions.
Do you have any favorite or best travel apps?
Download and give some of these a try before your next trip and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
These free apps will help you with planning travel while also encouraging you to explore more, both near and far.