The Seven Best Free Travel Apps

With the summer solstice behind us and the inevitable short winter days coming soon, you won’t be able to use the seven hottest summer apps until next year. However, there is no better time than now to hit the road and do some traveling. Explore these seven free travel apps to get the most from your phone while you’re out and about.

7 apps for travel

 

1. Google Maps

It’s hard to talk about traveling anywhere without mentioning some kind of map app. Google Maps makes a great travel companion by giving you spoken directions, traffic updates, and even detailed information about businesses in your area. With the stand-alone GPS going the way of the dodo, there is no better substitute than this application.

As an added bonus, both iOS and Android users can use Google Maps in offline mode with the largely unknown “OK Maps” feature.

iPhone | Android

Google Maps

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Dropbox

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2. Dropbox

Aside from being a must-have resource on your computer, Dropbox is also an invaluable tool while on the go. Create backups of your pictures, share a folder full of documents with the rest of the caravan, and organize your trip all in one app. iPhone | Android

 

3. GasBuddy

What good is a car if it has an empty tank of gas? GasBuddy is a community-driven app where users enter in current gas prices for locations they have visited. This synergy amongst users makes it much easier to compare gas prices in the local area and find the best prices at a quick glance. The user interface is easy to use, and switching between a list of gas stations and a map is a breeze. iPhone | Android

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Yahoo Weather

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4. Yahoo Weather

Nothing is worse than having a literal dark cloud hanging over your head. Avoid these problems by planning your travel days ahead of time by using the Yahoo Weather app. Yahoo Weather is not only elegant; it also provides information that is easy to read and that’s useful during travel days.

iPhone | Android

 

5. Airbnb

Unless you’re Walter White and you own an RV, you’ll need a place to crash during your travels. If you’re avoiding hotels like the plague, Airbnb can help you find houses or apartments that can be rented from real people. Staying at a cozy home, instead of a bedbug-ridden hotel, usually makes for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. iPhone | Android

Airbnb

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Yelp

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6. Yelp

Most aspects of your trek have been covered with the apps above—except for food! It can sometimes be a daunting task to find the right place to eat when you visit a new place. Yelp can take out the guesswork out of finding that one hole-in-the-wall pizzeria with the best slice of pepperoni in town. And you’re not just limited to restaurants! Find trustworthy auto mechanics, the cleanest hotels, and pretty much any other type of business.

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7. Siri & Google Now

While they’re not technically “apps,” Siri and Google Now can be life savers while you’re on the go—especially if you’re driving long distances. On iOS, simply press and hold the home button to have Siri listen to commands. Tell her (or, as of iOS 7, him) a wide array of commands such as: “Text my wife that I’m driving, and I can’t answer the phone,” “Remind me to stop for gas in 20 minutes,” or even “How far are we from Disneyland?”

If you’re on Android, simply say, “Ok Google” (on certain Android phones) to have your phone start listening to you. At that point, you can repeat some of the same commands that you can give Siri. In addition, you can ask: “What is the flight status of [insert flight number],” or “What is this song?” to have it tell you the current song on the radio. All in all, there are over 70 different commands that you can run with Google Now.

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Final Words

These are some of the best free travel apps that I like to use, and each of them have proved to be crucial while on the go. Try them for yourself and see if they work for you. I also invite you to try the Jimdo app to build your website or write blog posts while you’re on the road. Of course, feel free to share the travel apps that you’re fond of too in the comments section. Safe travels.

 

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11 Comments

  1. When traveling abroad we find Simply Declare a must have app. We started with the free version and the upgraded to the ads free version for .99 We use it as a currency converter, and it tracks what we have to declare when we return to the state.

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    • Hi Frannie!

      Thanks’s for sharing that app with us. I might just add it to another app list down the road when I talk about apps for traveling outside of your country. : )

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    • Simply Declare looks cool. Another app that is useful for tracking your itineraries all in one place is TripIt. Also, we released a tool for searching for cheapest flights from nearby airports that combines various modes of travel.

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      • Nice! I’ll keep an eye out for that app.

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  2. AroundMe has been a great help for me when traveling. Rather than just showing things randomly by distance, it lets me select categories of what I’m looking for: restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, whatever. That way, I can cut down on the number of hits I’d get from, say, GoogleMaps.

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    • Ah yeah, that’s great! It looks clean and easy to use.

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  3. These free Seven Apps are very helpful for us when we traveling outside. and also very useful for us.

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    • Glad to hear that!

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  4. All of the stated devices ate very useful in traveling and from the transporter point of view these are very much helpful.Really thanks for sharing such a useful devices.

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    • You’re welcome! Stay tuned for more of these in the near future.

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  5. I like Yelp’s data, but hate its interface. I prefer eatingaround.com (iPhone only) to find restaurants near the hotels I stay at.

    Good call on Yahoo! Weather, who knew they had beautiful apps over there ;)

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