Best Travel AppsYes, Virginia, there really is an app for everything – especially when it comes to travel. As a commercial airline pilot, my husband loads up his iPhone with travel apps, which then download to my iPhone at the same time. Sometimes I keep them, other times I let him take them for a test drive and let me know which ones are worth keeping. Here’s a list of apps I find worth the MB, and faves from other travel bloggers as well.

Best Airline Travel Apps
FlightView – Shows you all airlines flying between city pairs for specific dates/times you enter and tracks flights by flight number/route. My husband likes this one and uses it regularly. No need for airline specific apps – this one app gives you all the airlines routes in one place.

Gate Guru – Provides real-time flight status with push notifications along with a wealth of airport content specifically customized to YOUR itinerary and reserve last-minute airport rental cars. – Julie Cohn of ALittleBiteofLife.net.

Seat Guru – Find low airfares, pick your ideal seat on the plane, and get real-time flight alerts. – Whitney Trujillo of TheMotherList.com.

Sky Scanner – Search millions of flights from 1000 airlines around the world – both low-cost and scheduled – to find the perfect flights at the cheapest price. Then buy tickets directly from the airline or via a travel agent – all in a few taps. – Jen Miner of TheVacationGals.com.

Best Road Trip Apps
Beat the Traffic – Real-time traffic info. Quickly check the latest traffic conditions, incidents, and know the fastest route to take before you head out.

Waze – a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas money.

iExit – Tells you what’s coming up in real time when driving on the interstate: gas, hotels, rest areas, or specifically a Starbucks. – Karon Warren of AllThingsLifestyle.com.

AAA Mobile – Maps, directions, reviews, rest stops and nearest gas stations combined with member discount information all in one easy-to-use app. – Emily Jones of DailyMom.com.

Best Parking – parking search engine that gives you the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in 100 cities & 115 airports throughout North America, saving you hundreds of dollars! – Scotty Reiss of SheBuysCars.com.

Love’s  Connect – Find the nearest Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores no matter where you are for the best priced gas, good food and clean bathrooms! – Tonya Prater of TheTravelingPraters.com.

Roadside America –  Never miss another giant twine ball, crazy museum or hilarious statue. – Tonya Prater of TheTravelingPraters.com.

Best International Travel Apps

Your Passenger Rights – Lets you know your rights if anything ever goes wrong while traveling outside of the U.S., regardless of your mode of transportation. – DJ Yabis of DreamEuroTrip.com.

Smart Traveler – The official State Department app for U.S. citizens traveling abroad, gives you easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, warnings, maps, U.S. Embassy locations and more. – Suzanne Wolko of PhilaTravelGirl.com

Word Lens – Instantly translate printed words using your built-in video camera, in real time! – Suzanne Wolko of PhilaTravelGirl.com

XE Currency Converter – Convert every world currency and keep from getting ripped off when making big purchases or converting money in other countries. – Olivia Peters of HalfwaySomewhere.com.

Best Travel Organization Apps

Tripit – Keep all your confirmation numbers and other trip information handy in one place. – Jody Halsted of FamilyRambling.com.

Key Ring – Keep track of frequent flier miles and numbers with the app designed so that you never have to carry plastic or paper loyalty, membership, library cards or coupons
again. – Julie Cohn of ALittleBiteofLife.net.

Kayak – Compares hundreds of travel sites to find you the best deal. Includes hotel, flight and car search and booking, flight tracker and itinerary management. – Jen Miner of TheVacationGals.com.

Best Touring Info Apps

Field Trip – Runs in the background and when you get close to something interesting, you’ll be alerted to the notable places/landmarks/museums in your area. – Carissa Rogers of GoodNCrazy.com.

World Around Me (WAM) – A location based Augmented Reality app that simplifies places search worldwide with visualization. To show all the local information about places in your area, just point your phone in any direction and discover all the places of interest in that direction. – Milene van Arendonk of MyCupOfTravel.com.

Trip Advisor City Guides – All the restaurants, attractions, hotels and reviews you love from TripAdvisor, stored in an app. – Mary-Frances Main of MidCenturyStyle.net.

National Parks by National Geographic – Award-winning interactive guide to 25 of America’s most visited national parks. Includes free photo galleries, visitor information, and maps. – Jen Miner of TheVacationGals.com.

Best Hotel/Accommodations Apps

Hotel Tonight – Find unsold rooms on short notice for discount rates. – Dick Jordan of TalesFromTheRoad.com

Hotels.com – Hotel booking and last-minute deals.

Room 77 – Find the most rates on 200,000+ hotels worldwide. Compare rates across hundreds of leading travel sites, including Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, Booking.com, Hotels.com, hotels directly and many more. – Connie Roberts of BrainFoggles.com.

AirBNB – Discover thousands of places to stay in more than 34,000 cities; book one-of-a-kind accommodations and find rooms for rent directly from your mobile device; search for last-minute accommodations anywhere in the world; find long-term sublets;
explore legendary properties, vacation homes, and apartments, and add them to your Wish List to share with your friends. – Jen Miner of TheVacationGals.com.

Best Restaurant/Dining Apps

Urban Spoon – SHAKE your iPhone and the Urbanspoon slot machine will suggest a restaurant. DISCOVER great new places to eat. See what’s NEARBY in your ‘hood, or BROWSE a comprehensive list of restaurants. Make a RESERVATION, and expand your DINELINE by checking in. See what your FRIENDS like. – Julie Cohn of ALittleBiteofLife.com.

TruxMap – Live gourmet food trucks map for 34 US cities and 2 in Canada. Menus, reviews, food images, location requests and directions are just one touch away. – Jen Miner of TheVacationGals.com.

Best Weather Apps

The Weather Channel® – 7-day forecasts, weather maps, severe weather push alerts and more from the trusted Meteorologists at The Weather Channel. – Liz Wright of Travelogged.com

MyRadar Weather Radar – Displays animated weather radar around your current location, allowing you to quickly see what weather is coming your way; another of my husband’s favorite apps. He’s a weather geek.

Best Disney Apps

DisneyWorld Lines – From TouringPlans.com, helps you save time and money during your Walt Disney World trip by helping you figure out where to go and what to do during your Disney vacation.

Mouse Wait 2.5 – Get wait times, full dining info, live pics, live videos, breaking news, food reviews, & more from any location from the most popular and critically acclaimed Disneyland iPhone/iPad/Android App since 2009.

Disneyland Inside Out – Wait times, Facebook connectivity and discussion forums to share your experiences.

Disney Mobile Magic (Official Disney Parks app) – Featuring Walt Disney World® maps, official Disney Parks-provided wait times, FASTPASS® return times, and the ability to view menus and book dining reservations, manage and share itineraries with family and friends, find details about nearby Disney Characters, attractions, entertainment, park hours and schedules, and more!

Read Debbie Kaplan’s reviews on all of the above mentioned Disney apps at FriscoKids.com.

Best Photography Apps

Postagram – Create and mail postcards of photos you take during your travels. – Jody Halsted of FamilyRambling.com.

Snapseed – Professional photo editing tools on your phone. Think Photoshop for the mobile device.  One of my faves, I can often make unusable photos usable again.

Photo Collage – Combine multiple photos into one collage for sharing on social media.

Waterlogue – Not free, but very addictive! Turns your photos into watercolor paintings that look real! – Ciaran Blumenfeld of Momfluential.com.

Best Social Apps

Instagram – Makes your photos look amazing with lots of filters to play with, then share in the community and on other social media sites to be the envy of all your friends!

FourSquare – Check-in, post a pic and write a little review of all the places you travel. – Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer of ‪HeidiTown.com.

Trover – Lets you share cool places within a community and get love for your finds. – Lance Longwell of TravelAddicts.com.

Travel App Reviews by Travel Bloggers

These bloggers have written their own posts about the travel apps they love. Check them out:

“Must Have” Travel Appsa list by Dick Jordan

MyItchyTravelFeet.com Travel App Reviewsa list by Donna Hull

8 Apps that Make Traveling with Kids Easier (who doesn’t need that?) – a list by Ciaran Blumenfeld

My Best Travel Appsa list by Talon Windwalker