I currently use an iPhone and therefor the apps listed below might not be as useful or available on other mobile platforms.
#4. Packing Pro (US$2.99)
One part of traveling that you either love or hate is the packing. I personally enjoy packing. I have approached it in many ways before from drawing up detailed lists (good idea) to working through a process of elimination (bad idea).
To help with my packing, I now use the packing app Packing Pro which is as comprehensive as it is customizable.
Main Features: Create unlimited, 100% user-customizable packing lists • Full iCloud auto-sync support • Packing list backup and share • 800+ items to select from • Easy and intuitive search function • Share, email and print lists • Includes app-wide themes, packing list layout and display choices
#3. Google Maps (Free)
Not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to be is one of the greatest fears of any traveler. I days gone by one would have to carry printed maps with you, now all you need is your smartphone (or watch) and you are good to go.
Google Maps is the most comprehensive map app available and with all the latest added features and updates, no traveler should ever leave the house with out it - I certainly never.
Main Features: Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories • Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking • Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns • Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route • Detailed information on more than 100 million places • Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more
#2. Google Translate (Free)
Communication is essential for the enjoyment of traveling and sometimes it can make or break a trip. If you will be traveling to a country where English is not the official language, I highly recommend you install Google Translate and get to know how it works.
From figuring out what to order at a cafe or restaurant, to asking for directions, Google translate is the essential app for the modern traveler.
Main Features: Type to translate in 90 different languages • Use your phone's camera to scan and translate text instantly in 26 different languages • Two-way automatic speech translation in 40 different languages
#1. TripAdvisor (Free)
There is only one app that I use before, during and after my travels and that is TripAdvisor. Be it to find the best accommodation and flights at the best price and to book them, planning daily activities, finding restaurant to dine at or to find interesting places to visit, TripAdvisor is the all-in-one travel app for the modern traveler.
I have used TripAdvisor for probably every trip I have embarked on over the last five plus years - I actually don't remember a time when I did not use it for planning a trip and while traveling.
Main Features: Browse millions of reviews, opinions and candid photos by travelers • Find the best hotel for you, including Travelers' Choice award winners • Discover cool things to do in any destination • Get answers to your specific travel questions in the forums • Add your own reviews and photos • Download maps, reviews, and your saves for over 300 cities worldwide onto your phone for free; avoid using expensive data roaming plans while you travel
Which travel apps do you use and recommend? Let me know in the comments below.