Timesaving Travel Apps

One of the things I love most about summer is the opportunity to travel. This year we took several trips including Cabo San Lucas,  Santa Barbara, and New York. We also recently took a wonderful trip to Monaco and Italy. I like to maximize our travel time so I use the help of technology to do so. There are a few timesaving apps that I love to use and I would recommend them all for travel. These travel apps all saved me hours of searching and I think you will find them helpful. By the way, nearly all of these apps are free!

My Favorite Timesaving Travel Apps

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TripCase

This app is great to organize your trip and keep many details that you want to keep handy all in one handy app. You can incorporate your travel details by forwarding confirmation emails to trips@tripcase.com  or you can input them yourself. The app creates a detailed daily itinerary with your hotel, airline, rental care, reservations etc. all in one handy spot. You can also share travel information with others and access your trip information offline. travel-apps-save-time

 

 

Wifi Finder

This free app will help you find free and public WiFi near you.

 

 

It will give you a list of nearby locations where you can join. This is really helpful because you can not only tell what network is nearby, it will also tell what type of establishment that is offering it. I tend to like hotels, coffee shops and major restaurants. It will also show you the locations in a map format. WiFi-Finder-app

GlobeConvert Currency and Units

This currency converter app was so very helpful in Europe. Yes, you could compute the number of dollars something that is 19.95 Euros in your head if you happen to know the daily rate, but this app does it quickly and also computes dollars into Euros, or Yen or Deutsche marks  . The list of currencies available on this app are more than I will ever need. Also, this app converts Celsius to Fahrenheit for your weather needs and includes several weight, speed and time conversions. This app costs $.99 but it is worth it, in my opinion.   travel app

Yelp

If you do not know what Yelp is I will be surprised, but just in case, it is a great app to find local restaurants, bars, shopping, hospitals, etc. Yelp uses your location to give you a list of recommended places (based on user feedback) and also shows you the information with a map for those of us that like visual tools. What I also love about this app, is that you can filter it with types of food, what is open now, and where there are special deals. I also love to see the comments from users on menu items, discounts and tips. You can also contribute by posting your own reviews and receive discounts by checking in with the app.

Google Maps

Having a map in a location that you are not familiar with is priceless, in my opinion. What I like about Google maps is that you can get voice instructions one where you are trying to go whether you are driving a car, bike, walking or taking public transportation. They also offer street views photos which is great since it can be really easy to miss a location if you do not know what you are looking for. Sometimes the building or entrance is very different than what I am expecting, but now with this app. I use google maps quite a bit when I am home, for the live traffic information. I have saved a lot of time using this app.

 

One thing to note, when traveling outside of your country, you most likely will want ot restrict cellular data usage when you are not using these apps, lest you rack up loads of data charges. Be sure to check with your cellular provider for special travel options before you leave. What apps do you use when you travel? Signature

 

Want to hear about other apps I love?  Click on the photo for my favorite productivity apps.

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Comments

  1. These are great! I use the Wi-Fi one. And I have to add that I have a Dunkin Donuts finder app. Is that totally pathetic or what??

  2. I use Yelp constantly and the Wi-Fi finder.
    But I use TripIt for managing my travel plans, which I’m very fond of!

  3. TripCase sounds like a great way to keep everything organized!

  4. Some handy suggestions! I’ve never tried the wifi finder but it sounds like a useful tool. I also use a metric conversion app that’s really handy so I don’t order a kilo of cheese by mistake. I also use my own app ( Puerto Escondido Travel Essentials ) which sounds silly but it’s got all the phone numbers and addresses and hours of operation for restaurants etc. where I live in Mexico. I should be able to remember that stuff but alas need some technology to help me along. I also use an app for recognizing bird songs and SoundHound for identifying songs I hear that I like.

    • Oh your app sounds great Michele! I had not heard of SoundHound but if it has to do with music, I bet it’s great. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Very helpful. The one I use the most is Google Maps

  6. These Apps are great! I have been concentrating on photo apps, but I could certainly use some organizational apps! Thank you – great post!

  7. The Google app was extremely helpful last week in Edinburgh. I’ll be checking out your other helpful ideas on apps for traveling too.

  8. Thanks for sharing your favourite travel apps. I use Yelp and Google maps. I just wrote a post about the many ways travel has changed over the the past 30-40 years. Use of apps and connection to the Internet is certainly one of the main areas.

    • Isn’t that the truth? I remember when we used to have to use Thomas Guides and atlases for everything. Will definitely be checking out your post Donna!

  9. These are great suggestions. I’ve never seen the Wifi finder before. I’ll be adding that to my phone ASAP.

    Have you ever tried Tripit? That’s the app I use to keep my travel plans organized. I don’t travel without it! Sounds like TripCase is really similar. I’d be curious to know if you or anyone else have compared the two apps?…

    Have a lovely weekend!!

    V @ Life+1

    • I have heard good things about Trip it but what I like about Trip Case is that I can add the items to my itinerary without having to give it access to my email. I am not sure if TripIt will let you do that. I did try to check out Trip it, however it wanted me to grant access to email and I liked the option to not have to do so. There may be a way around it, but if so, I did not see how.

  10. Great tips! I don’t use Yelp as much as I use “FourSquare” to find great places or “Around Me.” I haven’t tried “TripCase” yet.

  11. Great tips for timesaving travel apps to try! I really need that Wi-Fi finder app 🙂

  12. We often use the wifi finder app, it’s great. Another good one to use is Trail Wallet to keep track of expenses if you’re on a budget.

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