The iPhone is an indispensable tool when it comes to travel. It knows where you are and it knows what is around you. This list of top travel apps will make your life easier on your next road trip.
So grab your iPhone or iPad and get ready to grab some of the best travel apps on the App Store.
HotelPal – Hotels & Hotel Room Reservations
Download HotelPal for FREE to browse and book from over 100,000 hotels worldwide. Live rate availability, full-screen photos and in-app booking make hotel reservations a breeze. HotelPal is the easiest way to reserve hotels for road trips, last-minute plans, cancelled flights and more, with no hotel booking fees.
HotelPal includes thousands of independent hotels, motels, inns and resorts worldwide, plus all the familiar chains: Accor, Baymont, Best Western, Comfort Inn/Suites, Marriott, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Hampton, Hilton, Hyatt, La Quinta, Radisson, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Sleep, Westin, Wyndham and many more.
TripIt – Travel Organizer
TripIt “automagically” takes all your trip details and creates one truly helpful itinerary that’s there when and where you need it – on your iPhone or iPad, in your calendar, and online at tripit.com.
You can easily share trip plans with family or colleagues directly, or let Facebook and LinkedIn contacts know when and where you’re headed.
Also available: TripIt Pro, which is like having your own personal travel assistant for $49/year. Especially helpful for frequent travelers, TripIt Pro monitors your flights for potential fare savings, and sends you status alerts and other helpful reminders while you’re traveling. Check out http://tripit.com/pro.
Kayak is one of the best travel sites on the web for finding Hotel, flight, and car rental deals. They also offer a great iPhone and iPad app to make finding the right hotel on the road a snap.
Kayak- Compare Hundreds of Travel Sites at Once. The ultimate travel assistant
- Find flight, hotel and car rental deals
- Book your travel
- Track your flight status
- View and organize your trip itinerary
- Look up baggage fees
I have used Kayak on several occasions to find hotels in areas that I plan to travel. They offer all the details and photos from the hotel as well as actual reviews from people who have stayed there. They offer a lot of sorting options if you are interested in the best price or star rating.
Another great app for finding things, Where To helps you find places of interest (i.e. zoos, spas, shopping centers). It does cost $2.99, but is worth it just for the “Surprise Me!” feature, which will help you pick where you want to stop if the group or family can’t decide.
Where To can help you find your hotel or motel and all the great things around your hotel. It offers an easy to use interface that makes finding entertainment, restaurants, parks, and tons more as simple as a few clicks.
Where To was Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Best App Ever Awards in the category “Best Travel App” It is worth a look before you hit the road for your next travel adventure.
Priceline has built a reputation on allowing users some control over their travel expenses. Users can place bids on hotel rooms and some times land a great deal on room that would otherwise go unsold.
This app finally makes it practical to bid on a room at the 11th-hour through Priceline’s famous blind-booking system.
If you have decided you’re going to need a hotel for tonight. But you don’t want to spend more than 10 minutes getting a deal. Priceline’s app will help you make a quick, smart bid. It tells you the average successful bid by other Priceline users—who’ve generally had more time on their hands to craft their bids—think is the lowest possible bargain for your preferred type of hotel in the neighborhood you’re visiting.
These are some of the top apps for locating a hotel and getting a great deal in the process. If you have any apps that make your travels easier please leave a comment below and share with your fellow travelers.