Given top honors by Stephanie Rosenbloom in a New York Times article about trip organizer apps, TripIt is an “all-in-one” travel app.
Simply forward your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org to create an instant itinerary, which you can view from the app. For frequent travelers, you can upgrade to TripIt Pro ($49/year). This will give you real-time flight alerts, seat tracker, flight finder, refund notifications, point tracker, and additional features.
“Ultimately, I think TripIt is the most intuitive itinerary app. It’s sophisticated yet simple. No ads, no games, only what I want: a color-coded itinerary (hotel icons are orange, flights are blue) that I can access from multiple devices and easily share.”
Gogobot is a travel app that boasts awesome pictures and helpful reviews for everything from hotels to restaurants to attractions. There are over 60,000 destinations supported in this app, making it ideal for planning your next trip.
There’s a social component to this app as well. When you link your Facebook account to Gogobot, you can see the places that are most popular with your peers. This app is ideal for those who like to find recommendations and throughly plan before each trip.
Scout is a GPS and voice navigation app that is ideal for travelers. You can have Scout point you to the nearest restaurant, gas station, shopping mall, or other attraction. Whether your travel plans involve driving a rental car or traveling by foot, this helpful app can help you find what you need, where you need it.
Scout is worth downloading because it is also useful during your daily commute. Scout also lets you share your travel ETA with friends and family. Additionally, you can log in with Google+ or Facebook to sync your favorites, recent places, and settings across multiple devices.
You don’t always have time to brush up on your language skills before a trip. Word Lens is an app that uses your smartphone’s camera to translate the printed word in real time. You can also type in words to translate them.
This app is ideal for people who need to translate road signs, menus, guidebooks, or other printed materials while traveling. English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish are supported.
As a fun bonus for tech-obsessed travelers, the Word Lens app is also available as an app for Google Glass.
Stuck on Earth is a gorgeous app for browsing travel photos and getting ideas for your next trip. The app offers you a customized experienced based on your personality type: Photographer, Explorer, or Daydreamer.
Stuck on Earth is ideal for armchair travelers, photography fans, seasoned travelers, or anyone who is just curious about the world around them. Your personalized trips and maps are available offline, making this a worthwhile app when you’re actually on a trip.
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