10 Best Travel Apps to Download for Your Next Trip
Last Updated on September 23, 2019 by
As travelers, it’s important to keep track of everything that goes on when we plan our trips: from the moment the idea to board a plane sparks to the minute we touch down, we want everything to run smoothly. Whether it does run smoothly is another story entirely, but because technology almost always seems to be within reach (or in our pockets), here are 10 iPhone apps that might help you relax just a little bit.
Instagram is the ultimate app for destination inspiration. Check out other traveler’s photos to get psyched up for your next trip, and share your own beautiful photos. Follow your favorite accounts and grow your own audience, collecting likes as you go.
When you’re running late for your flight, what you have in your suitcase is perhaps the last thing on your mind. You may later regret it when you remember you forgot your favorite book beside your hammock at the beach. Whether you’re leaving home or going home, Packing Pro helps you keep track of everything from your passport to your electronics. This app allows you to create and edit your own customized packing list, show items as packed or unpacked, and e-mail your packing list to others.
If you have trouble wrapping your head around the conversion of your home currency to the currency of the country you’re traveling in, XE Currency is the perfect app. While backpacking through multiple countries at a time, it can be very helpful for converting values between currencies of neighboring countries. It has live currency rates and charts for every currency in the world, a converter, and can refresh the rates every minute. The best part is you don’t even need access to the internet to use it!
If we were restricted to traveling only to the places we could speak the languages of, our travel experience would have gone into a drought. Luckily, it’s easy to buy a book about the French language or take a class or two on how to communicate in Spanish. But what happens when we’ve set foot at our destination, and the locals are speaking to you like their neighbor? iTranslate has dictionaries, a listen and speak feature, and a conversation mode to help you out when you’re tongue tied. Another fantastic translating app is Google Translate.
As travelers, we are easily accustomed to organizing details of our trip, but because we’re still humans, we tend to forget something every once in a blue moon. TripIt helps you create an itinerary for better organization of your travels, from confirmation emails to reservations from cruises or hotels. It can help you keep track of flight details, and can store maps and directions. You can also get the Pro version, which comes with perks like real-time flight alerts and tracking points.
Price: Free (Delivered in US for 99¢ and $1.99 in other countries, postage included)
If you’re the kind of traveler that likes to send out postcards to family and friends, Postagram allows you to do just that with a little extra. Postagram lets you pick a photo from your iPhone or take a picture to send as your postcard, which are printed on glossy photo postcards and only take two to five days for delivery in the United States, Europe, and Canada.
Flights can be a little disorienting with cancellations, delays, time changes, weather, the list is nearly infinite. FlightView can take away some of the stress by checking current flight information, providing delay and gate updates, and tracking flight progress on a live view map. It’s much easier to travel at ease with an app that keeps track of all of your flight information for you!
Whether you’ve been to a destination once or ten times, it can be difficult to come up with a plan for what to see and do each day. TripVerse is an app that can help you organize, store, and share your itineraries day-to-day during your travels. You can list everything from check-ins to tours and it’s all displayed beautifully on your mobile device to help your travels go as smoothly as possible.
Whether you’re looking to visit a certain destination or if you’re already there, Google Maps can help you navigate to wherever it is you may want to go. Google Maps gives you step-by-step directions to get from Point A to Point B, and is especially useful during road trips. I’ve found so many uses for Google Maps, from navigating to nearby restaurants to ensuring that taxi drivers aren’t ripping me off. It’s my go-to navigation app whenever I don’t know my way around.
The only transport app you’ll ever need, Uber connects travelers needing rides to independent taxi drivers in the area. Get a safe and secure lift in minutes without a need for reservations and with no lines. At the end of your ride, your credit card or Paypal account will be charged automatically.
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Elica is WildJunket's web editor. She grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art. She is a student who is enamored with learning and pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, photography, and traveling. She blogs at Travelengua.