When you’re out-of-town, downloading travel apps on your Android phone or tablet can help your journey to go much more smoothly. Whether you’re traveling by car or by air, for business or pleasure, there’s an app to help keep your trip organized and show you great places to visit along the way.
Ten Great Travel Apps for Android
These ten apps can make traveling easier and so much more fun (in no particular order):
Gas Buddy: If you’re getting ready to head out on a road trip, don’t forget to download this app before pulling out of your driveway. Gas Buddy finds the cheapest gas in your area, so you don’t overpay at the pump! Users can also help others by reporting gas prices as they seem them, and by doing so earn points for the chance to win $250 in gas each week.
Yelp: When you’re heading to an unfamiliar city, it’s always helpful to get recommendations on where to eat, stay, and what to see while you’re there. The Yelp app can do this for you. Simply type what you’re looking for, and the name of the city, in the search box and user ratings will appear. It’s like having a personal tour guide in every city!
TripIt: If you have trouble keeping track of your travel reservations, TripIt is the app for you! All you have to do is forward your hotel, airline, restaurant, theater, and etc. reservations and they’ll organize them for you. You can access your itinerary from anywhere, and share it with anyone, so you’ll never have a (good) excuse to be late or get lost again.
FlightTrack: All jetsetters are going to want to get this app, immediately! Use it to track flights; get real-time departure, gate, and delay info; find alternate flights if yours is cancelled; check the weather radar and forecasts, and more. This app covers more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines throughout the world, so it’s pretty likely that it’ll be able to track you, wherever you’re going.
GPS Navigation & Maps: When you’re far away from home, it’s always wise to have a map with you. This app will not only show you how to get to your destination, it will navigate you there. Worried that you’re going to be in a rural area with an internet connection? No problem, as all features can be used offline.
BestRoute Pro: When you’re visiting a new spot, you don’t have the insider knowledge to know which routes to take to cut down on travel time. That’s where BestRoute Pro comes in. Program a route containing up to 50 stops in this app and it will find you the optimal routes to save both time and gas money. While you’re driving, it will continuously update your arrival times, so you’ll know what time you’re going to reach your destination.
Marine&Lakes: USA: If you’re traveling by water, this app can help to keep you on track to your destination. Use it to create and edit routes based on your cruising speed and fuel consumption, take pictures, get up-to-date wind and tide information, receive localized updates from other community members, search for businesses along your route, share your travel status with family and friends, and so much more!
Backpacker GPS Trails Pro: This app is a must-have for backpackers, hikers, and campers! Use it to view maps to your destination, navigate your route with GPS, as a digital compass, to take photos of interesting sites, and more. Backpacker GPS Trails Pro works in the remote outdoor spaces without the help of data or cell signals, so take it to national parks, wilderness areas, and back roads locations, and don’t worry about not getting a connection.
Hotels.com: When you’re on a road trip, sometimes it’s best to wait to make hotel reservations until you know where you’re going to end up for the night. Use the Hotels.com app to find a hotel with available rooms near your destination (when you’ve decided where exactly that is). You can search by price, hotel ratings, and amenities to find lodging that fits your needs and your budget. Make the reservation through the app, so you don’t have to waste time driving around town looking for a place to stay.
Places Near Me: It can be frustrating trying to find bars, restaurants, shopping, and anything else when you’re in an unfamiliar city. When you think you’re heading to a restaurant around the corner from your hotel, it’s never fun to discover it’s actually ten blocks away. This app can solve this problem by taking your current location and showing you what’s nearby. It even allows you to save places that you want to visit and will send you reminders when you’re in the neighborhood.
Don’t forget to download some of these helpful Android apps before embarking on your next journey. They’ll help you to avoid mishaps like being a clueless tourist, a victim at the gas pump, or stranded without a hotel room.
Above is a guest post by Sara Collins who is a writer for NerdWallet, a site that helps consumers find the best savings account.