Yes, 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.
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.
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.
Best International Travel Apps
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
Best Travel Organization Apps
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.
Best Touring Info Apps
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.
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
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.
Best Weather Apps
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
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
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.
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!
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 Apps – a list by Dick Jordan
MyItchyTravelFeet.com Travel App Reviews – a 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 Apps – a list by Talon Windwalker