It’s no secret that when traveling it’s easier if you know what you’re doing. Traveling with the right tools, (read apps) makes travel less stressful and therefore more fun. ( If you’re visiting Nashville or Toronto soon, check out those guides here (Nashville) and here (Toronto)). So here are some of my favorite travel apps.
You’ve probably noticed I like to be thorough, so I’m going to break these up into categories.
Transportation and Accommodation:
Expedia – This is the app I always check first for flights or flight hotel combos. *Insider tip: If you’re in any country other than the US, check your website and then check expedia.COM. Sometimes the US site has the same flights for cheaper. (Even taking into consideration exchange rates!)
Hotel Tonight – Often if we’re on a road trip I don’t plan where exactly we’re staying. That’s why this app is so great. I can compare hotels and books so quickly, with literally the swipe off a finger.
Uber – I’m guessing pretty much everyone knows about Uber by now. If you don’t know, it’s a car service that picks you up. The driver is using their own car as a taxi. It’s usually cheaper than an actual taxi.
Opentable – A favorite of mine. I love being able to make reservations to a restaurant I’ve heard. Or if I have a favorite restaurant in the city already then I can make reservations without having to remember to call in when their open.
Infatuation – This app was new to me and recommended by a friend, but I LOVE it so far. It doesn’t have every single city on it (it’s much more curated than Yelp) but the cities and recommendations it does have are wonderful. It’s also curated by true food critics and food writers, so it has a standard to uphold, which I love.
Uber Eats – Too tired to go out to eat? No rental car? No problem. Uber will not only pick up people, but Uber Eats will pick up food from a restaurant you choose from the map and then deliver it to you!
Yelp – Yelp and I have a love/hate relationship. It has sent me to a few places based on recommendations that ended up being disappointing. However, I have also found some real gems on Yelp, which is why I’m including it here. There is one thing I LOVE about Yelp; it isn’t just for food, it has a ton of categories for shopping, spas, activities, and types of food!
Currency XE – When traveling internationally you ALWAYS want to know how much something is relative to your currency! This app can do exchanges in nanoseconds. It makes it so much easier to understand how much you’re really paying for something.
Weather Channel – This is an obvious app for travel, however I like this one specifically because it’s so detailed and -typically- correct.
Venmo – This app is great for life as well as travel, but if you are traveling and need to pay someone this app is so convenient. You simply enter their phone number or email (once they set up an account), enter the amount, what it’s for and hit send!
TKTS – New York City – An app to get you tickets to Broadway shows typically at a slightly better price.
MyDisneyExperience – Orlando – This is your best friend for all things Disney while visiting Disneyworld
MyPark – Orlando – If you’re visiting the outlet malls on an extremely busy day (Saturday or Sunday), this app is a game changer. It allows you to reserve a parking spot at the mall (you do have to pay for the spot).
GreenP – Toronto – This will make parking so much easier. It’s so much more convenient that locating the pay machine. You just set up a profile for your car, enter the code for that area – which is posted near every parking spot, pay, and you’re done!
Momondo – Canada – This app (and website) gives you the BEST deals for flights. Sometimes the flights are ridiculous in terms of layover times, or connections, but if you want to travel and save money, this app is amazing.
New York Subway MTA Map – this app is SUPER HELPFUL if you’re trying to navigate the subway in New York City
I’ll add more to these as I find apps I love!