This Summer's Best 14 Travel Apps
Updated: May 22, 2021
Essential Travel Apps to Help You Better Navigate Today's Global Landscape
One of the many things that COVID has taught us is that being aware, prepared, and strategic is critical no matter what direction we head in today.
These travel apps will help make the trek or trip for any road warrior or jetsetter so much smoother. Be it a spontaneous adventure or a meticulously planned trip for you and your crew, be sure to take these apps along with you.
For Flights -
TSA is most people's least favorite part of traveling. If you cross paths with a grumpy agent, they alone can cause you to miss your flight and question your existence. Consider this app as a welcome opportunity to get in sync with your TSA friends.
The MyTSA app gives its users a lot of essential info to know how best to pack and better assess their time management, for starters.
You can customize your profile by listing the airports you regularly fly in and out of, and you can find the airport closest to you, regardless of your departure.
This app will do all of that for you as it has up to the minute knowledge of the ever-changing and expansive TSA regulations.
They have a searchable list of anything you may want to bring in-flight with you. The app lets you know if it's allowed in carry-on bags, checked bags, or both. They also address limitations or special instructions that go along with the specified item.
We've found one of the most valuable things was seeing the TSA wait time for any airport 24/7 and if the TSA Precheck lane is open.
They can even keep track of your known traveler number for precheck. Going through this process is stressful at the best of times. During a pandemic, only ups the ante.
This app also has access to the latest TSA updates regarding COVID-19. Last, if you have concerns or questions, there's a page on the app where you can get in touch with someone.
You may look at the TSA differently after using the app.
App In the Air
App in the Air is the perfect travel buddy for frequent flyers. Users can book flights through the app or add them to their itinerary after booking.
You can make a profile and track miles, hours, airlines, and countries that you have flown to and when.
If you're meeting someone, you can share trips and know what flights they're taking. The app can put many crucial bits, like scanning your boarding pass, flight updates, baggage information, and any necessary travel documents on there. Any information you would need to fly is available all in one app.
For the wanderer who is willing to travel anywhere for the right price, Skyscanner can help you plan your next trip. If you're flexible with the date of departure but don't know where you want to go next, you can browse places and trip length options on the app and get cost-cutting deals.
It's perfect for someone with an appetite for adventure, ready to explore the world and spontaneously head in any direction on a budget.
The app also keeps your flight details and can give you price alerts when they find deals that match your budget.
For Road Tripping -
Are you looking for the perfect campground? The Dyrt is the Airbnb for RV’s, vans, and campsites. You can find the campground of your choice anywhere in the U.S. by filtering through different site types, features, and price points.
You can also sort by ratings and reviews to see what your fellow glampers and happy campers have to say about their experience. These filters help figure out family-friendly sites. You can even get as detailed to see the air quality of the campground.
If you're making a road trip and looking for places to park an RV and stay along your route, you can build a road trip on the app to link to google maps.
You can also share your trip with your girlfriends if they want to take the journey and piggyback on your adventure; the more, the merrier!
Roadtrippers is the perfect app for someone new to planning road trips and doesn't know what's out there to explore. It's often tough to find the quirky roadside attractions that are worthwhile to stop at and see.
This app lets you create your trip, or you could choose one of an abundance of guides and classic road trips to follow depending on your interests. Like amusement parks, some are made for specific themes, clues to the mystery regarding Roanoke's lost colony, haunted drives, to sprawling views of canyons and beaches.
They also have suggestions for families, solo trips, adult-only trips, and road trips closest to you. Life is a highway, so hop in the car and ride it all night long.
If you're the one friend on a road trip who has to use the bathroom every twenty minutes, this app is for you.
Flush tells you more than just where the bathrooms are but also can get you there with directions that go right into your google maps app, guiding you to the nearest bathroom, so the driver doesn't have to continually look to see what's off the next highway exit.
The app also gives users info about if the bathroom has a required fee, a key, or disabled access and is incredibly user-friendly. Perfect for a long road trip with a short blatter.
For Lodging -
For the person who travels on a whim or has hit a bump in the road getting to your destination, the Hotel Tonight app will have your back.
The app lets your browse hotels nearby with excellent deals, so your last-minute plans don't cause you to pay top-dollar for a one-night stay in a mediocre hotel. It's a real lifesaver when you're in a bind with a flight delay, cancellation, or a lack of commitment in your crew. If you travel enough, that's bound to happen.
Hotel Tonight relieves some of the stress of ever-changing plans.
Airbnb is the hub of unique stays almost anywhere you wander in the world. Any type of stay you can imagine is available to you, but not now. Airbnb is beyond busy right now. So, if interested, book far in advance as of right now!
Filter through a range of places from farms, tiny houses, and castles to chalets and cabins. If you're vacationing on a budget, there are many private rooms to rent out, so you don't break the bank on lodging.
If you're looking to have the entire place to yourself, there's plenty of options for that too and enjoy time alone with your crew as Airbnb Luxe is the new kid on the block on this platform. They are trying to compete with VRBO and the ever-growing demand for homestays of late and on a luxe level.
This app is a necessity if you want a change of scenery from your average hotel.
For Advanced Planning -
Tripadvisor is excellent if you're planning a trip and need ideas on what to do and see while there. Not only does it give you access to popular sights, activities, and restaurants, but you can also plan trips and make itineraries for each day of your vacation, starting with booking a flight.
Need a place to stay? They have you covered there too. You can browse through hotels and vacation rentals to stay for a romantic rendezvous or a girlfriend's getaway.
It's a versatile app for people who need planning and organization locked down in advance. It’s also an excellent palace to brainstorm. Then you cna hop off and take your booking elsewhere with a trusted travel advisor, like Women’s Adventure Travels.
For Transport -
If you’re traveling and don’t want to rent a car, drive in a new city, or rely on taxis, Uber is a reliable app to get around. Users can order a car anywhere, and they will match you with a screened driver. Others can follow your ride for an even safer experience.
The app also allows you to pay for the ride virtually with your credit card without any extra steps. You can also split the fare easily between any friends carpooling with you.
You can select many different types of rides depending on what you’re looking for and what city you’re in; some may be offered only in select places.
Uber WAV for people who need wheelchair-accessible rides, Uber XL for more oversized vehicles or a larger group, and even Uber Pool are similar to rideshare. If you aren’t an English speaker, they also have options for Spanish-speaking drivers.
Bear in mind, there are fewer drivers on the road right now, so wait times are far longer than you last remember, so call far in advance.
Car prices and gas are also on the rise, so expect to pay more than before.
For Practical Purposes -
When traveling abroad, the XeCurrency app is a necessity for your phone. It can be challenging to navigate the exchange rates, and this app makes it easy to compare.
With jetlag and vacation head, it’s easy to get confused and make costly mistakes. So, use it or lose it! It’s so easy ot get confused.
This app also lets you send money abroad quickly, which is great to have in emergencies.
It’s a safe and accessible place to keep money while traveling, and I need it available and handy. No one wants to spend a crazy amount of cash calling their bank to reassure them that, yes, you are spending money abroad; it is you and not a fraud.
For someone who wants to learn a new language, whether using it in travels or not, Duolingo can be convenient. Duolingo is a language learning app.
They have a wide range of languages to select to learn, and you can choose the pace you want to learn at depending on how much time a day you're willing to put in. The times only range from five to twenty minutes per day.
It sections activities based on what topics you want to learn; examples include intro (general), travel, phrases, restaurant, etc.
They give you speaking and typing exercises to practice with, so it’s easier for real-world implementation either in a classroom or traveling. Users can learn everything from vocab, conjugations, and helpful phrases.
Hello, Goodbye, Please, and Thank You go a long way when talking to locals. At least learn these phrases or point ot them on the app.
Citymapper makes navigating a city much more manageable, especially for those who get turned around quickly.
This app allows its users access to any information on any mode of transportation out there. You can also get a map of bus and train routes and personal maps to and from your destinations of interest. The app goes so far into detail it will tell you not only how long it will take but also how many calories you’d burn walking or biking from one place to another.
It is definitely for someone visiting or living in a larger city with hard to understand routes for transportation; Citymapper can make it so much easier and way less likely to waste precious relaxing time getting lost.
If you want to go on tours independently without a big tour group during the COVID era, this is perfect for a more personal experience. The Detour app has its terms created for its users depending on where they are and what’s close to them.
It’s great to be directed through numerous tours given by the narrator at any given moment while somewhere new. It’s also insightful as to the best places to explore that are less touristy and a first-hand and local experience.
Users can choose to implore on their own or alongside their adventure buddies, learning and trekking at whatever pace works best for them. Pop in your earbuds and explore.
For Any Savvy Travelers -
Travel Apps are essential for the new and or savvy traveler.
Also, working with a Travel Company like Women’s Adventure Travels for tours or individual, customized travel can take a lot of the stress and guesswork out of the travel equation for you.
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Written by Katie Hulce