Our Top 5 Favorite Travel Apps
Forget the fold-up maps that refuse to re-fold, and the printed airport "cheat sheets" for your pocket. There's an app for almost everything when it comes to travel. Here are our favorites to download for your next trip. We've even included a cool info-graphic for your reading pleasure:)
There's a reason Skyscanner is trusted by over 80 million travelers monthly. The app searches for the most affordable flights, hotels, and rental cars and best options via its travel partners. You can see the cheapest dates to fly, and you can also get alerts when prices change.
Uber is the global king of ride sharing apps. You can quickly request a car directly within the app after perusing an assortment of differing vehicle rates and fare quotes. Afterward, you can connect with your personal driver, track the approaching car’s location, and securely pay your fare using a credit card — no cash needed. Rather than trying to find a taxi or a taxi stand, just bring one straight to you.
Google Maps is widely regarded as the best navigation app around. It offers directions for travel by car, on public transit, on foot, by cab, or on bicycle. You’ll find it fairly reliable in offering up local public transportation options in many countries. You can also use Maps to find out when places like museums or restaurants close, and check to see how busy a place is in real time.
TripAdvisor is a catch-all app when it comes to travel. You can quickly peruse millions of reviews, opinions, videos, and photos pertaining to just about anything related to your trip — bars, restaurants, hotels, airlines, and more. You can use TripAdvisor’s Near Me function to find well-reviewed places close by, but the best feature the app has to offer is the number of countries it supports — it’s just about everywhere, making it a necessary guide for every traveler.
FLIO provides users with terminal maps, a boarding pass scanner, a flight tracker and directions to shuttle buses and booking options for everything from parking to lounge access. The app's sheer variety of services and features make it a great addition to the app toolkit of frequent fliers and vacationers alike.