Smart phone taking a picture of camelsThere are thousands of great apps out there to help you on your adventures and finding the perfect one can be a struggle in and of itself. Here is a list of the top apps that help out with many aspects of traveling to make your life a little bit easier. The first few cost money, but after that, they’re all free!

A. Plan

1. Tripit – Creates a daily detailed itinerary of your trip and lets you forward confirmation emails for hotels, airline, restaurant, and car rentals. ($0.99)

2. Trip Saver – Created by the well-known budget travel blogger Nomadic Matt, Trip Saver keeps track of your expenses to help you save money when you travel. You can set daily spending limits to make sure you’re staying on target. ($1.99)

B. Packing

3. Packing Pro – Super-enhanced packing assistant that makes sure you never forget an article of clothing again. ($2.99)

4. Zuji Packman – Allows you to organize all your items in individual lists and categories. (free)

C. Accommodation

5. AirBnB – The Company has over 450,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities to help you find the best place to crash. They claim their properties are unique and legendary. AirBnB is one of the biggest up-and-coming travel companies. (free)

6. Jetsetter – Voted the best iPhone Travel app in 2011 by Apple’s App Store Rewind, it finds you great discounts on accommodation that can save you up to 60% off on a nights stay. The app also features insider tips on every hotel and lets you book from your phone. (free)

7. Hotel Tonight – The app lets you book last minute deals on hotels for up to five nights at super low rates. (free)

8. Priceline – With over 300,000 hotels and thousands of flights in the database, the app offers massive discounts for hotels, flights, and rental cars. (free)

D. Transportation

9. Uber – Finds you local rides and pays the driver from your mobile phone. The app has drivers in 36 countries and in over a hundred cities. (free)

10. CityBikes – The most popular bike sharing app, CityBikes finds you bike rentals all around the world. (free)

11. Hopstop – Get directions for subway, bus, regional rail, walking, and bicycle routes as well as schedules, travel time, and costs. (free)

E. Flying

12. SkyScanner – An easy-to-use and fast flight deal finder. The app also lets you search ‘everywhere’ to find the cheapest destinations in the world. (free)

13. Expedia – Real-time itineraries with notifications that let you know about flight delays, gate changes, and more. The app also finds you great hotel and flight deals. (free)

14. FlyRights – An easy way to report air travel discrimination right after the incident occurs. The report directly goes to the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security. (free)

15. Kayak – A smart travel search engines that books hotels, flights, and cars at the best rates they can find. (free)

16. Momondo – Compare prices on flights and hotels all around the world. They have a ‘Matrix’ view that finds you cheap out-going and return flights as well. (free)

17. Fly Delta – An award-winning app with Facebook integration that books domestic and international flights. (free)

F. Food

18. Yelp – An awesome app to find restaurants, shopping, relaxation, and entertainment. The app uses your location to find all nearby businesses, gives you directions, and lets users post reviews on their experience at each business. (free)

19. Where To Eat – Shows local places to eat and allows you to choose by cuisine type. The app also offers a feature to suggest places to eat when you can’t decide for the life of you what you want. (free)

G. Navigation

20. Google Maps – Detailed maps for 220 countries and territories, voice guided GPS navigation, live traffic conditions, and street view to check out what the area looks like. (free)

21. Waze – Uses data by drivers to find out real-time traffic conditions and road information. The app also features a navigation tool to make sure you reach your destination in a fast and safe manner. (free)

22. All Trails – Filled with hiking and biking apps for adventure lovers, this app is great if you want to go for a hike in a national park or a local trail. The app has 50,000 guides across North America. (free)

23. Gogobot – This app is big on finding fun things to do that are around you, as well as dining and hotels.

24. TripAdvisor Offline City Guides – A city guide filled with local businesses, city facts, and GPS. The best part is that you do not need to connect to the internet to use their guides. (free)

H. Weather

25. The Weather Channel – Tells you when bad storms are coming, cold and flu module, ten day forecast, airport delays, as well as detailed weather conditions. (free)

26. WeatherBug – The world’s largest database for weather and lightning sensors to help you plan your travels accordingly. The app is loaded with features like photo submissions, live weather cams, and seasonal conditions (free).

This post was originally publish by yours truly on “ThoughtCatalog.” 🙂

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