13 Best Travel Apps

Foursquare

Foursquare

Pros:

  • Wide variety of places to visit in a specific city
  • The reviews from other people will help you decide on what’s better for you

Cons:

The FourSquare App may be a little complicated for first-time users since it has so many information Some labels and icons may not be very intuitive You’ll need to practice to use filters the way you want.

Bottom Line:

Without any doubt, when you’re looking for a great restaurant, bar. coffee, or whatever place you have in mind, the FourSquare App is the place to go. With so many detailed reviews about each place you have the intention to visit, you’ll get a pretty good idea about it. Despite the reviews are more concise than on Yelp, for example, you’ll still have a pretty good idea of what to expect. However, you just can’t forget the design and usability. Despite we understand it’s not easy to put so much information together in just one place, as well as they have been improving, it may still be overwhelming.

LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy

Pros:

  • Extremely easy to use interface
  • See the lounges available either when you’re planning your trip or when you’re already at the airport.

Cons:

The Android app needs an urgent update because it keeps crashing.

Bottom Line:

The LoungeBuddy App is amazing for all travelers. Either when you’re a frequent or an occasional traveler, you’ll see how this app can be quite useful because it will allow you to have a good time while at the airport, waiting.

When you’re searching for the available lounges, you’ll be able to see how much you pay (if anything) as well as what they offer. And the best thing is that you can pay directly through the app.

Hotels.com

Hotels.com

Hotels.com Logo

Pros:

  • The user experience couldn’t be better
  • The amount of information and the way it displays it allow users to search for the best hotels quickly
  • The deal of the day is an exclusive for the app users.

Cons:

The only thing we can say is that there is always room to evolve. However, we can’t seem to find anything that isn’t already covered with the app.

Bottom Line:

As one of the most prominent names in the industry, the Hotels.com App is one of the best apps when you’re looking for a hotel. With so many information, an easy to use the filtering system, and the ability to save some hotels as your favorites, are just some of the best features it offers. Plus, the fact that the Hotels.com App didn’t forget to add the special discounts only to app users make it even better because it will allow you to save a lot.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

Tripadvisor Hotels Fligts logo

Pros:

  • Very easy to use interface, even for first-time users.
  • A tremendous amount of reviews that allows you to make a better decision regarding the places you want to visit, where you want to eat or go out for a drink, the shops you need to visit as well as the monuments, among others.
  • The app is very quick. Even when you do a search it responds quickly.
  • The ability to use the TripAdvisory App offline is a must.

Cons:

The Map tool needs to be improved. Sometimes, it is very slow to load and you might even notice that it freezes.

Bottom Line:

The Trip Advisor website is a must visit when you’re going abroad, either to a different city or a different country. And they just turned things even better by having an app that is easily accessible through Android and Apple. It’s incredible how they are able to have such an easy to use interface and have so many information at your disposal at the same time. Even the search is amazing. If it weren’t’ for the maps to take so long to load, we could say that this was the perfect app for any traveler, regular or occasional.

Tripit App

Tripit App

Pros:

  • Automatically creates the itineraries for your trips, using your email confirmation notices.
  • It creates itineraries that include airports, hotels, cruises, car rentals, restaurant reservations, among others.
  • Includes maps of the airport terminals and destinations.
  • Even more features with the Tripit Pro.

Cons:

The ads are really too much. They could condense all the information in a better way.

Bottom Line:

Without any doubt, Tripit is one of the best apps you can have when you’re a frequent traveler. It’s ability to import all the confirmations automatically and to retrieve an itinerary are amazing. Despite there is always room to improve, it already does more than enough.

SkyScanner App

SkyScanner App

Pros:

  • Easily and quickly search for the cheapest flights, hotels, and car rentals to everywhere in the world.
  • They have included a Top Deals feature where you can see the best offers for summer vacations and weekend getaways.
  • Easy to follow and well-presented information.
  • No added fees when you book your flights, hotels, and car rentals.

Cons:

Since SkyScanner doesn’t sell flight tickets themselves, and if you’re using multiple airlines during your trip, you’ll have to book each trip in the respective airline’s page. Although this might not sound like a big deal but you should keep your fingers crossed to make sure you book one flight and that the prices won’t change for the other one.

Bottom Line:

Searching for the best flights, car rentals, and hotels can easily be transformed into a daunting and endless journey. However, when you have such a simple app like SkyScanner on your side, you can be sure that you’ll find the best deals.

Kayak App

Kayak App

Pros:

  • Extremely simple and easy-to-use app for searching and booking flights, car rentals, and hotels.
  • Many different search filters that will save you both time and money.

Cons:

It displays some ads. Sometimes, you’ll need to enter in a completely different website to book the flight, hotel or car rentals that you choose, leaving the app.

Bottom Line:

When you’re thinking about traveling, either for a couple of days or for a month, you should consider trying the Kayak App. Just see how everything runs so smoothly and you just can’t imagine the time saver this can be. Filled with great deals especially for mobile users, you can be sure that you’ll save some money as well.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing

Pros:

  • The search is amazing. You can filter it by age, smoking, pets, and much more.
  • They have many users from all over the world. So, it will be hard not to find someone in the next city you’ll be visiting.
  • Profiles are complete which is great for security.
  • The private messages and requests are a great feature that works very well.

Cons:

Having too many users may be considered a disadvantage as well because it may take you some time to select the right host you’re looking for.

Bottom Line:

When traveling has become so expensive, it’s great to have an opportunity to travel the world without worrying about staying at hotels. And with the added security that the Couchsurfing app brings to the table, it couldn’t be better.

The same remains true to when you are the host. Being able to meet different people, with different cultures allow you to learn and to evolve. And you have always the chance to say that you’re not available in case you don’t like the other person’s profile.

With so many updates and more and more people downloading and installing this easy-to-use app, your options will be endless.

Airbnb

Airbnb

Pros:

  • Very easy to use and navigate.
  • Hosts usually provide many different photos that allow you to see exactly what you can expect.
  • Different options to choose the location you want: either use regular search or see the available hosts in a specific area in a map.
  • Great messenger tool.

Cons:

There are some costs for both travelers and hosts: travelers need to pay a 6-12% guest service fee (apart from the reservation price) and hosts will need to pay a 3% fee for each reservation.

Bottom Line:

The Airbnb App is a great app when you’re looking to have a different experience with your accommodation. Instead of just choosing a simple apartment or a room to spend the night (or days), you can also search for houses, caves, castles, and even igloos. This will allow you to have a really remarkable experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

As a host, depending on what accommodation you’re offering and where you’re located, you can make some extra money by renting a place you’re simply not using. By providing great images of the property, you will be able to attract more travelers.

The only negative side of the Airbnb App are the extra fees for both the travelers and hosts.

Google Translate

Google Translate

Pros:

  • 1. Quick – Gооglе Trаnѕlаtе іѕ very ԛuісk аnd if you аrе in a ruѕh and you nееd the іnfоrmаtіоn fаѕt, then іt mіght be whаt уоu nееd tо dо.
  • Aіd іn lеаrnіng – Mауbе уоur fоrеіgn lаnguаgе ѕkіllѕ аrеn’t реrfесt and уоu nееd hеlр with a few оf thе wоrdѕ. Yоu might оnlу use Gооglе trаnѕlаtе as a dictionary or as a way to guіdе you іn the rіght dіrесtіоn wіth your оwn mental trаnѕlаtіоn.
  • Oреnѕ up a whole nеw wоrld tо уоu – If уоu are juѕt beginning tо learn a fоrеіgn lаnguаgе, Gооglе Trаnѕlаtе wіll hеlр уоu gain іnѕіght into the culture оf thе реорlе уоu аrе studying. Instead of уоu having tо wаіt to bе able tо rеаd аrtісlеѕ about thаt соuntrу’ѕ economy, hіѕtоrу and сurrеnt еvеntѕ, you can rеаd thеm rіght whеn уоu start lеаrnіng their language еѕресіаllу іf you hаvе Gооglе Trаnѕlаtе іnѕtаllеd on your brоwѕеr tо automatically translate wеb ѕіtеѕ that аrе nоt іn уоur nаtіvе lаnguаgе.

Cons:

Uѕіng іt as a сrutсh – Some реорlе uѕе Gооglе Trаnѕlаtе wіth thе intention оf just hеlріng thеm a lіttlе while they hаvе thе intention оf doing thе bulk оf thе translation thеmѕеlvеѕ. But, оvеr tіmе, thеу juѕt rеlу оn Gооglе Translate more аnd more untіl thеу dоn’t even trу tо trаnѕlаtе thе wоrdѕ thеmѕеlvеѕ аnу mоrе. Inсоrrесt trаnѕlаtіоnѕ – Google Trаnѕlаtе іѕ оnlу as ѕmаrt аѕ іtѕ code. It саnnоt detect thе nuаnсеѕ of a lаnguаgе and ѕоmеtіmеѕ іt’ѕ just plain wrоng! But, for whаt іt is, іt іѕ ѕіmрlу аmаzіng, but іt wіll nеvеr bе аѕ good as thе humаn brain. (I knоw, nеvеr say never. But, this is just mу opinion.)

Bottom Line:

In соnсluѕіоn, this арр wіll be оf grеаt help tо аnуоnе whо wоuld lоvе tо соmmunісаtе wіth реорlе who ѕреаkѕ other lаnguаgеѕ аrоund thе wоrld, but you ѕhоuld аlwауѕ bеаr in mіnd thаt it is nоt advisable to use this арр whіlе wrіtіng аn аrtісlе or an official report.

XE Currency

XE Currency

Pros:

  • Supports more than 180 currency rates.
  • You can see the historical chart of the currency you want for over 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 1 year.
  • The graphics are interactive and with precise values.
  • You can store the last currency rates you downloaded and continue to use the app offline.

Cons:

The only con that we see is the fact that the Android version still doesn’t allow you to create or define any alerts for when a currency reaches a pre-determined price.

Bottom Line:

With over 40 million downloads, the XE Currency App is definitely the best app in what concerns with currency converters. It’s not a simple app to use as it’s practical and you can even use it offline.

When you use the XE Currency App you immediately understand what it does and what you need to do to get what you want. So, in terms of usability, it couldn’t be better.

Waze

Waze

Waze Logo

Pros:

The smart and unique design brings Waze up to the competition of Apple Maps. Even though this wouldn’t be a great substitute for Google maps, it’s still an amazing app for those who would prefer something else. It still stands strong as a standalone app and Google’s ownership of the company hasn’t taken a huge impact on its outstandingly smart algorithm and intelligent navigation. Its data driven, community based software works like magic and no matter the circumstances or the complexity of the road the fastest route will always show.

Cons:

There are no pedestrian, bicycle, or slow moving truck directions. At times, the icons can be hard to distinguish, and at areas with large amount of traffic icons it can make it hard to read.

Bottom Line:

Ride the Waze

So should you use Waze? There are much better options now compared to Waze, and any navigation app that isn’t Google Maps or Apple Maps isn’t really taken seriously. But that doesn’t take away the fact that Waze still holds its own identity. The community driven app is still unique and outstanding. Its crowd-sourced data and its amazing algorithms that collects data from your frequent drives; this app is still a great investment of your time.

Uber (Get Taxi Service)

Uber (Get Taxi Service)

Uber Logo

Pros:

  • Great way for drivers to know where they can make more money
  • Customers have a wide variety of payment methods
  • As a customer, you can leave your review/feedback about the driver
  • Real time maps that they you exactly where the Uber driver is.

Cons:

Despite there is a lot of information regarding the driver’s earnings, it’s still incomplete. Drivers need to rely on Uber’s information, without having any way to control it. Drivers don’t access any information regarding their total cost management, like driving expenses or fuel cost. Customers don’t always know they have the ability to rate their drivers.

Bottom Line:

Overall, the Uber app is a good app either for drivers as well as for passengers. However, drivers can’t connect between them (which could improve their work), and Uber is the one who decides on the rates. For passengers, this is a great app that allows you to search for the best drivers.