10 Travel Apps to Plan Your Next Trip

Planning a trip can be a daunting task, especially if you have never planned one before. There are so many things to take into consideration such as your flight, accommodations, what to pack, itineraries for when you arrive at your destination, and so much more. Let’s take a look at 10 Travel Apps to Plan Your Next Trip and maybe help you to be a little bit less stressed. What’s even better, they are all FREE!

1) Airbnb – 4.8/5 stars (Apple)

Airbnb App

Available on IOS and Android– FREE

BEST FOR ACCOMMODATIONS OUTSIDE OF HOTELS

No matter what type of accommodation you are looking for – a room, apartment, house, or even a treehouse (!), the Airbnb app can find it for you. Detailed information will include a list of available amenities. Top hosts are rated as Superhosts and come with lots of reviews to help you make a decision. There are 100+ app features. Here are just a few of them.

Features

  • Book vacation rentals
  • Save your favourites, things to do
  • Search for last-minute stays
  • Update listing and calendar information
  • Message host for directions, tips, help

2) Culture Trip – 4.8 stars (Apple)

Culture Trip App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR PLANNING UNIQUE TRIP

If you are looking to plan a unique trip, the Culture Trip app will help you find 300+ locations around the globe recommended by experts and local insiders.

Features:

  • 300+ locations
  • Easy to use
  • Book hand-picked stays
  • Gives recommendations based on personal preferences
  • Pinpoints current location so users can browse in their home location or on vacation
  • Saves searches so you can easily share on social media

3) Trip Advisor – 4.7/5 stars (Apple)

Trip Advisor App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Tripadvisor lists more than 8.1 million accommodations, airlines and restaurants with over 490,000,000 visitors a month. 83% of users use Tripadvisor to make travel decisions. Now you can easily plan your trips and reservations

Features:

  • Book hotels with free cancellation
  • Easily compare booking options
  • Find hotel deals
  • Relevant search results based on location
  • Get recommendations from other travellers
  • Android users can log in with Google
  • Access information on health and safety against COVID-19
  • See places saved on the map

4) GasBuddy – 4.7/5 star (Apple)

GasBuddy App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR LOWEST GAS PRICES

This app will help you find the best gas deals anywhere, a great feature when planning a trip. Covers over 150,000 gas stations in North America. This is another great app for when you want peace of mind.

Features:

  • Finds the lowest gas prices
  • Price hike alerts
  • Nearest gas station to whatever amenity you are looking for
  • Lets you know if you are paying too much for gas
  • Access to exclusive offers
  • Notified of car recall alerts
  • Free Gasbuddy Fuel Card for savings at the pump

 5) Skyscanner – 4.8/5 stars (Apple)

Skyscanner App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR FINDING AND BOOKING YOUR TRIP

Skyscanner has over 100 million people around the world who use their website and apps to plan trips. They are dedicated to finding you the best deals on flights, hotels and car rentals to make your trip planning easy.

Features:

  • Find and book great deals on flights, hotels and car rentals
  • Cancel or change dates with no fee
  • COVID-19 travel restrictions
  • No booking fees or hidden charges
  • Customize your search
  • Save your flight information until you are ready to book

6) Kayak – 4.8/5 stars (Apple)

Kayak App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR FILTERING OPTIONS

Kayak searches hundreds of travel sites around the world for you at the best prices. With the Kayak travel app, you can plan, book and travel all at your fingertips.

Features:

  • Compare prices by filtering flight options
  • No change fees and cancellation filters
  • Deals on car rental and hotels
  • Price alerts and price forecasts
  • Helps you plan your trip

7) CheapOAir – 4.7/stars (Apple)

Cheapoair App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR BUYING CHEAP FLIGHTS

Since 2005, CheapOair has helped travellers save on trips around the world through their websites. Now you can book from their award-winning app.

Features:

  • Earn double points when you book flights, hotels, or cars
  • Live trip updates on the go
  • Book flights, hotels and cars
  • Track flights and manage trips
  • Secure payment

8) CityMaps2Go – 4.7/5 stars (Apple)

City Maps2Go

Available on IOS and Android  – Free

BEST FOR BIKING AND HIKING TRIPS

Use the City Maps to Go app to create and plan your next mountain biking or hiking trip. Since it is an offline map app, you can avoid expensive roaming and poor internet areas.

Features: 

  • Optimized for outdoor travel (detailed maps of remote areas and national parks, and foot maps)
  • In-depth content (photos and tips)
  • Worldwide coverage (more than 150 countries)
  • Works offline (avoid roaming charges)
  • Plain trips and tours
  • Detailed maps
  • Share travel plans with friends
  • Sync between devices

9) TripIt Travel Planner – 4.8/5 stars (Apple)

TripIt App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST TRAVEL PLANNER

Tripit Travel Planner makes your life a little easier. Email all your confirmation emails to plans@trip.com and it can organize your plans no matter where you book and create a master itinerary for your trip.

Features:

 Real-time flight alerts

  • Access important information even if offline
  • Create master trip itineraries
  • Sync or share travel plans

10) XE Currency – 4.4/5 (Apple)

XE Currency App

Available on IOS and Android – FREE

BEST FOR CONVERTING MONEY

I absolutely love this app. I use it all the time here in Mexico but also relied on it while I was in Costa Rica. It is so quick and easy to use. Know your exchange rates at all times; can be used offline as well.

Features:

  • Transfer money in 65 currencies to over 170 countries
  • Save up to 10 currencies of your choice
  • Customize currency list to your priorities
  • Set rate alerts and receive notifications
  • Fast and easy
  • Available in Dutch, French, German, and Spanish

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