The Best Travel Apps that you can download for FREE!
Updated: May 25, 2022
Forget paper maps to help guide your trip. With today's smartphones, you have the technology to guide you right at your fingertips. Having the right travel apps can help you save both time and money while making your trip so much easier. From offline maps to finding trip recommendations, and even booking last-minute deals! This article has got your next journey covered. We list and review the 15 best travel apps, which have significantly improved our own travel experiences in the past. And the best part of all... you can download and use them for FREE!
If you are an outdoor enthusiast like us, AllTrails will become your favorite travel app! With over 100,000 hiking, biking, backpacking, and running trails worldwide, you'll have plenty of choices to explore the outdoors! Each route includes trail maps, elevation gain information, detailed reviews, and photos. It has never been easier to find your perfect trail! Filter your options on the app by adjusting experience level, star rating, length, dog-friendliness, kid-friendliness, and much more. Whether you want to explore a national park or discover hiking trails nearby your home, All Trails has got you covered. Other fun features of the app include driving directions to the trailhead and a self-recording option, allowing you to record your adventure as you move across the trail. This is by far our favorite travel app!
This app is our #1 offline map for travelers. With endless tourist routes, hiking trails, and navigation available all around the world, you will never get lost again in your destination of choice. We have been using this app for years and it has been saving us tons of money on our cellular data usage. We mainly use maps.me in conjunction with AllTrails, so we never get lost on our hikes. It is especially helpful when you are finding yourself in destinations with little or no cell phone reception!
Above all, this app is entirely free. You just select and download the regions you are going to. It is also extremely helpful for driving in foreign countries, as you don't need a GPS system to guide you.
Finally, the app integrates with hotel bookings on booking.com and even shows descriptions and photos of places. Hence, it could serve as your city guide as well!
Another great travel app for the road is Waze. It is perfect for road trips to busy cities as it gives you user-generated data on traffic jams and additional information on points of interest like the cheapest gas stations and fastest routes to your destination. The App also gives updates on police traps, construction, speed cameras, and more. You can either take a more passive role and just use it to get to your destination or you can take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents or any other hazards along the way. Waze makes it "fun" by adding points and achievements every time you drive around with the App or report incidents along your route.
Gasbuddy is the ultimate money-saving travel app! By comparing different gas stations with their prices, you find the best gas deals around. The app includes over 150,000 gas stations throughout North America, giving you approximately 27 ways to save money on gas. What we love about the app is the Trip Cost Calculator feature. Just fill out your road trip destinations and GasBuddy will calculate how much your gas cost will be. So if you're planning a road trip across the US or Canada, then make sure to download this app.
If you are not driving your own vehicle and have to rely on public transportation, then Citymapper is the ideal travel App for you! This public transit App showcases the various transport options, usually with live timing, between any two locations in a supported city. Modes of transport include walking, cycling, and driving. Citymapper is available in major cities around the US, Canada, Europe, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, and more. We used this App to navigate around London and found it very useful as transportation is often confusing.
6. XE Currency
If you are traveling to a foreign country, you need to brush up on the local currency and exchange rate. The XE Currency App has got you covered! With live exchange rates and charts for every world currency, you will be up to date about the conversions. This App will help you with saving money as you will have a better idea of how much to take out of foreign ATMs and for pricing items. What we absolutely love about this App is the fact that you can use it offline as well!
Forget about collecting all your bills when traveling with others. Splitwise is a free App that allows you to split your travel expenses with friends right away. Whether you are sharing summer vacation costs, splitting household expenses with roommates, or lending someone money. Simply add the group members and the bill in the App so each expense will be tracked. At the end of the trip, it is easy to see how much each person in the group owes to one another. What we like about this App is that it eliminates the "awkwardness" to ask for money if someone forgets. It truly makes everyone's life easier.
One of our favorite travel Apps to search for flights is Skyscanner. By comparing prices for over 1,200 travel companies and airlines, Skyscanner will offer you the best price guaranteed. You just choose where you want to go, when you want to go, and Skyscanner will do the rest. We have booked most of our flights through this App, and have found some great deals in the past, including some last-minute deals. What we love the most about this App is the flexibility it offers. For instance, with its search ‘Everywhere’ button you can see where you can go for a great price. And if you have made up your mind about a specific destination, the ‘Price Alerts’ feature will keep you up to date when prices change.
9. Accommodation Apps (Hostelworld, Booking, Airbnb)
There are a bunch of accommodation booking apps available. Thus, we summed up our favorite ones. Hostelworld is perfect for the solo budget traveler, while Booking is more suitable for couples and inclusive of all budgets, and Airbnb for a more local experience or for larger groups. All Apps are easy to use and have a wide range of options. We usually compare accommodation on all three Apps to make sure we get the best bang for our buck.
If you are more of a camper, nature lover, and spontaneous traveler, then RV Parks & Campgrounds might be the travel App you are looking for! As the name of the App implies, RV Parks and Campgrounds will help you find great RV Parks in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Camping is a great alternative to the previously mentioned accommodation Apps, especially when you prefer spending time in the outdoors or want to make