The Best Free Travel Apps For 2017

Skyscanner

Flights, hotels, rental cars — Skyscanner has got you covered. The app searches for the most affordable and best options via its travel partners. Like with Google Flights, you can see the cheapest dates to fly through a month view calendar, and you can also get alerts when prices change.

If you’re not sure where exactly you want to go, Skyscanner offers a category that lets you explore “Top Deals” from your nearest airport, as well as a curated list of destinations at affordable prices.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

Alternative : Kayak, Official airline sites (especially for special daily champaigns)

Hopper: For Flight Booking

What sets Hopper apart from other flight-booking apps such as Skyscanner and Cheapflights is that it not only lets you book flights on your phone, it tells you when to do it, and how to get the best price and the biggest savings. Once you’ve searched for a flight, the app will let you know whether to wait or buy.

If it’s best to wait, it will send you a notification the moment the price drops. The app can do this thanks to an archive of trillions of flight prices, which its makers say gives its predictions 95% accuracy.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

Airbnb

Whether legal in the city you’re visiting or not, Airbnb is a household name. The app undercuts hotels by offering far cheaper prices, and a more authentic experience by staying with a local, or their home.

The app recently added a new feature called Trips, which offers Experiences to choose from during your stay — these are curated events you can partake in with local guides. Eventually the app will become an all-in-one travel app that lets you plan your day, book a car, and more.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

Alternative : 9flat, Coachsurfing (Stay free)

Packpoint

 

Packpoint automatically generates a bespoke packing list for your trip: you just enter the destination, date of travel and length of stay along with some details about the activities you are planning.

In the event that the app has misjudged your desire to have a different outfit for every evening, it’s easiest to tweak the list once it has been generated.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a catch-all app when it comes to travel. You can quickly peruse millions of reviews, opinions, videos, and photos pertaining to just about anything related to your trip — bars, restaurants, hotels, airlines, and more.

You can use TripAdvisor’s Near Me function to find well-reviewed places close by, but the best feature the app has to offer is the number of countries it supports — it’s just everywhere, making it a necessary guide for every traveler.

Furthermore, you can ask specific travel questions in the app’s forums or add your own reviews in a similar fashion to Yelp.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

Google Trips

Google made a name for itself in the travel space with their flight function and it seems their latest release is no different. When it debuted, hackers all over the world were excited.

If you have a Gmail account, it automatically uses your email to populate reservations, which for privacy pragmatists might not be ideal. (Other trip organizer apps like Tripcase require you to forward reservations to an email address.) But if ease on the road is your thing, and you have a Gmail account, Google Trips might be for you.

I was impressed with the variety of suggestions it offered for less touristic places like Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic or Cabo Polonio in Uruguay. For bigger destinations like Dubai or London, the application offers day tours like “City Souks” or “Literary London,” which you can download in a WiFi spot and then access later on without data.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

 

Citymapper

Comprehensive, easy to use and also playful, Citymapper offers more detailed journey planner information than Google, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, as well as Uber integration and cycle routes.

It is available in around 30 cities worldwide, with all the obvious city-break destinations covered. It even tells you how long your journey will take by jetpack – useless information really, but hopefully something to cheer you up when your train is cancelled.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

Google Translate

Google Translate offers varying degrees of support for 103 languages:

» Type to translate: 103 languages

» Offline support: 53 languages

» Instant camera translation: 29 languages

» Speech-to-speech translation: 32 languages

» Handwriting translation: 93 languages

See which features work with which languages here.

Cool Tricks: Translate signs, menus and other written content using your phone’s camera. Offline support for some language, plus excellent integration with the Android operating system for translating text messages and websites

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

Uber

Active in about 77 countries and 527 cities, Uber is the global king of ride-sharing apps. The app pioneered on-demand services, and it can be particularly handy when you’re abroad. You can quickly request a car directly within the app after perusing an assortment of differing vehicle rates and fare quotes.

Afterward, you can connect with your personal driver, track the approaching car’s location, and securely pay your fair using a credit card — no cash needed. Rather than trying to find a taxi or a taxi stand, just bring one straight to you.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

XE Currency

XE is the go-to site for currency conversions on the web, so it’s no surprise that its app is so popular: with over 20 million downloads since launch. It has lots of business-oriented features, such as rates for precious metals and historic currency charts, but for the traveller it is most useful for the simple fact that it’s able to convert every world currency.It also functions offline by saving the last updated rates, which is great if you’re in a place with limited connectivity or trying to save on data.

Cost: free.  IOS / ANDROID

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