Apps that remove all of the hassle from a trip are the best, so you can relax and enjoy the experience. There are many apps available that will help you plan your next vacation.
In both the Apple and Play Stores, you’ll find everything you need from itinerary generators and trip planners to online marketplaces that allow you to book flights and hotels. Combining the best travel apps and some amazing travel tech will dramatically increase your chances of a smooth trip.
Are you unsure where to start? After staying close to home for over a year, we’ve compiled a list with the top travel apps. For more top lists of apps check out Venos Tech blog
1. MyTSA (Free: Android; iOS)
Make sure that you have MyTSA installed on your phone before you go. Although the official app from Transportation Security Administration won’t win any beauty contests it will allow you to check wait times at security checkpoints at major airports. This can help you determine how long you should travel.
You can also check crowd-sourced reports to see how long security lines are at any given moment. This app is great for travelers who want to have a quick reference on their phone.
2. Expedia (Android, iOS: Free)
Expedia is the best all-in-one app for frequent travelers. Expedia allows you to book all aspects of your trip, including flights, hotels, and rental cars. Expedia also allows you to bundle travel and lodging deals, search for cruises and find things to do once you get there.
Expedia offers exclusive mobile deals to help you stretch your travel budget. Members of Expedia’s Rewards Program get additional perks.
3. Flighty (iOS Free)
Flight trackers exist, but Flighty is an iOS app that allows you to see the arrival and location of your plane. You can use the free app to track your flights. However, you will need to pay for a subscription ($8.99 per month or $49.99 annually) to access more advanced features like push notifications, sync with TripIt, calendars and an assistant to assist you with your flight connections.
Flighty claims it can predict delays by monitoring outbound planes for 25 hour and monitoring FAA-mandated delays. The paid app can be viewed for free within a 14-day trial.
4. Hopper (Android, iOS: Free)
Hopper is another app that brings big data and predictive algorithm to the worlds of air travel. It uses a huge database of airline prices as well as historical trends to predict when and how they will change. Hopper also shows when the best time to purchase a ticket for a specific date and destination.
The app allows you to monitor flights for specific dates and destinations. It will tell you whether or not it is worth waiting, when the cheapest time to fly, what the price of airfares are likely to be, and notify you if there have been price changes. The app also allows you to save your payment details for quick booking.
5. iExit (Android, iOS: Free)
If you plan to travel a lot, iExit is a useful freeway exit guide. It lists nearby highway exits as well as any businesses or amenities. You need to find a good place to stay, eat or gas up. iExit’s search tool will show you nearby gas stations, motels, and deals and discounts offered by nearby businesses.
6. Waze (Android; iOS)
Traffic jams can ruin your vacation. Although Waze cannot eliminate traffic altogether, it can help you navigate through jams, particularly if you are in unfamiliar cities.
Based on Waze user reports, the navigation app provides real-time traffic information to your smartphone. This data can include accidents, speed traps, and other hazards that could prevent you from reaching your destination on time.
Additional features that will impress travelers include automatic routing, low gas alerts, and the ability for you to send your ETA directly to any person waiting at your last stop.
7. Skiplagged (Android and iOS: Free)
Skiplagged is a great option for those who are looking to travel light and save some money. Skiplagged is a great app that helps you save money on your travels. It allows you to take advantage of hidden city flights, where passengers fly at a layover instead of arriving at their final destination.
Skiplagged will calculate the cost of a direct flight and any “hidden city” flights with your destination. But be aware! The caveat?
Skiplagged allows you to book hotels including last-minute deals or special offers
8. Flio (Android, iOS: Free)
Flio is the companion app that will take all your worries away as you travel through airports around the world. Flio is an official partner for 300 airports and has information on many more. The app features terminal maps, a boarding card scanner, directions to shuttle buses, and booking options for everything, from parking to access to lounge access.
It is a wonderful addition to the toolkit for frequent flyers and vacationers alike, thanks to its wide range of features and services.
9. AtYourGate (Android, iOS: Free)
AtYourGate, another airport companion, focuses more on retail opportunities while you wait at the airport. You can use the AtYourGate app to find nearby restaurants and shops, or if you have last-minute gifts.
AtYourGate users have the ability to order food and other items, pay via the app, and arrange for delivery to their gate, lounge or other location. AtYourGate is currently available in select airports including JFK and La Guardia as well as Minneapolis-St. Paul and Portland.
10. Mobile Passport (Android, iOS: Free)
Mobile Passport, an app approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, speeds up the process of navigating long immigration lines. Anyone with a U.S. passport or Canadian passport can submit their passport control declarations and customs declarations via the app. This replaces paper forms and speeds up processing at many major US airports that support the Mobile Passport service.
While the app can save you time at the airport, it is not a reason to forget your passport. Mobile Passport is an app that can be used as a companion, but not as a replacement.