We’ve all been in a situation where we say “I wish there was an app for that.” Well, there are tons of apps out there that make traveling much easier, and maybe even change the way you travel for good. Travel apps can help save you time and money, and tons of them are even free to download! Here is a list of 10 apps that will change the way you travel.
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This is the ultimate transit app. You can get detailed subway, train, bus, taxi, walking, and biking directions in more than 600 cities worldwide! This app also offers official transit maps, nearby station search, and station-to-station schedules. HopStop even estimates your travel time and cost for taxis. It will report real-time delays, crowds, and other issues with HopStop Live.
Send and receive messages for free no matter where you are in the world! Stay in touch with your family and friends while you’re out of the country by downloading WhatsApp. This app allows you to send texts, photos, and audio notes back and forth from wherever you are.
This amazing app points you to the nearest hotspot when you’re in need of Internet access. It helps you get cheap or even free wi-fi when you’re out and about; perfect for traveling.
Organize your trip itinerary so you won’t be going crazy trying to figure out what to do while you’re traveling! This app puts everything you need in the palm of your hand. Forward your flight, hotel, and other confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and the app will combine everything into one organized itinerary. It will also add extra information such as weather, directions, and maps.
If you hate your seat on the plane, download this app to help you grab a better one! If you want more leg room, a seat that reclines, or maybe a seat closer to the bathroom, you can choose the “Seat Map Advice” option on the app. It then gives you the option to punch in your flight number. This will pull up your plane’s seat map, and all you have to do is pick which one you want! (If no one is sitting there, of course.)
As a flyer, you should know your rights when it comes to airlines. If your flight has been canceled or the airline has lost your luggage, FlyersRights will tell you what the airline legally owes you (in the U.S.) so you can demand what’s yours. Most of the information can be accessed without wifi, making the app very easy to use.
Just as the name suggests, this travel app helps you find the closest whatever you’re looking for, such as gas stations, parking lots, ATM, restaurant, hotel, etc. The app lists your options by categories, and tells you how far each one is. It will even give you a map with directions showing how to get there.
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Convert foreign prices into American dollars, so you know exactly how much you’re spending on your trip. Download this app to calculate dollar values instantly, using real-time exchange rates.
Save time getting a dinner reservation! This app immediately shows you which restaurants have availability for your party at the times you want to dine. Click to reserve your table, and then you can even forward the confirmation to TripIt (previously mentioned) so that the reservation gets immediately added to your itinerary!
Find the best airport food and shops near your gate! Punch in your airport and terminal, and the app will tell you which restaurants, stores, and other services are nearby. It will also show you how other travelers rated each place, and where you can find a deal.
What is your favorite app to use when you’re traveling? Comment below or tweet us @travefy!