There are so many great places to visit and also dozens of awesome travel apps that'll help you not only channel wanderlust into an experience you'll never forget, but also, save you money. With the help of some of the best travel apps, you'll actually enjoy the buildup to your next adventure.
The beauty of KAYAK is that it aggregates the best fares from most airlines, allowing you to filter flight options based on your airline preference and departure times, while easily changing dates and destinations. You can also find deals on car rentals and hotels. Once you’ve booked, the app, available on iOS and Google Play, keeps your plans organized and updates you on flight status, airport terminals, and security wait times.
Whether you’re looking to rent a room, a house, or an entire hacienda, you can search for accommodations in your desired location. The app lets you filter through photos and reviews, as well as sort by amenities—like a pool or washing machine. Plus, a local host can provide insight about great dining spots.
For the unacquainted, TripAdvisor has over 700 million reviews of 8 million destinations to peruse before booking your hotel, dinner reservation, or even planning a day at the museum. Free on both iOS and Google Play, the comprehensive app is available in 28 languages. You can also follow friends and travel experts for advice that matches your interests, view travel videos, read articles for inspiration and write your own reviews.
Despite the cost-saving benefits of a road trip, gas money can really start to add up if you’re driving for days. GasBuddy helps you find the best gas prices near you. With at 4.7/5 rating and over 300,000 reviews on Apple, the app has helpful features like a gas price map, outage tracker during natural disasters, a trip cost calculator, and useful search filters like brand, price location, available restrooms, and more. Bonus, you can save 5¢/gal on every gallon if you use the app’s free “Pay with GasBuddy” card.
When you gotta go, you gotta go, but finding a public toilet when you’re traveling can be quite the task. The Flush Toilet Finder saves you time and helps you avoid an accident with the over 190,000 public bathrooms in its database. Flush will tell you which ones are free, accessible for the disabled, or require a key and users can even rate and report a toilet. The Flush app is available for free on iOS and Google Play.
In this app, travelers who are all about that RV life will find 40,000 stop-offs anyone on the open road will want to know about: Public and private RV parks and campgrounds, as well as rest areas, gas station, and stores. The parks are sorted by rating with their amenities listed, and your options include photos, so you know what to expect ahead of time. Unlike other RV park apps with similar search capacity, RV Parks & Campgrounds is both ad-free and actually free.
Booked that spontaneous flight, and now you’re trying to figure out where you’re going to sleep at night? In the middle of a road adventure and need to find lodging ASAP? Don’t panic, there’s an app for that. HotelTonight finds last-minute deals on hotels near your location, ranging from “basic” to “luxe” options, including unique boutique hotels. The app allows you to filter for location, dates, the number of guests, pet-friendly options, and amenities like a gym.
Waze makes it easy for you to avoid congestion, blocked roads, police, accidents or other hazards that might increase your driving time—because starting off vacation by sitting in traffic is a major mood killer. The app has a speedometer to help you make sure you’re staying within the speed limit, and it updates your arrival time based on live traffic data.
One way to fully immerse yourself in your travel destination is to meet and talk with locals. Meetup can help you connect with people who are interested in the same things as you, even while on vacation. Whether it’s cooking, tech, sports, music, or photography, the app will help you make new friends all over the world.
Citymapper helps you find the fastest, easiest way to get around major cities in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. Offering up-to-the-minute info on mass transit, commuter trains, ferries, bike share, and car services, you’ll know the second there’s a service disruption or traffic jam and how long it’ll take you to walk instead. With its directions and maps, the free app will have you zipping around like a true native in no time.