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6 Best Travel Apps

6 Best Travel Apps

Updated – February 2017
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This will come as a surprise to nobody, but I do a lot of traveling. Take 2013, for example: I went to 5 countries on 3 different continents. And luckily, my trusty iPhone & iPad went on the journey with me. The following apps made traveling a breeze. The best thing about them: they are all FREE!

6 Best Travel Apps

TripIt

Hands down my favorite travel app. The app searches your email and adds all of your travel information to one place. That way anything with a confirmation email (flight, hotel, rental car, adventures) is put in one place. Say goodbye to searching your email for flight or hotel information.

XE Currency

It is so easy to lose track of conversation rates when traveling around to other countries (learned that the hard way traveling to France from South Africa).XE Currency is the perfect app because not only will it update you on the current currency conversations but it can also be used offline. Just make sure to update it when you have internet.

FourSquare / Swarm

I'm aFourSquare / Swarm addict – any app that has badges wins me over quickly. But beyond just checking in everywhere you go (guilty) you can also search for restaurants and attractions close by. My favorite part of the app, however, is that I never have to worry about forgetting the name of a place / landmark / restaurant that I loved. I make a habit of checking in on this app as a way to document my trips so that I can easily remember my itinerary when I recommend places to friends or write about it on this blog.

TripAdvisor

Nothing is ever booked without a quick look at TripAdvisor. From hotels to attractions, I always check TripAdvisor before committing to anything.

WhatsApp Messenger

Since I typically do not use a data plan when traveling, I make sure to use WhatsApp Messenger to text friends and family at home. The nice thing about this app is that most people in other countries also use this app since texting can be expensive.

Sunscreen

Confession: Sometimes I forget to wear sunscreen. I know that I should, but since I rarely burn I usually forget. And once I have it on I never know when to reapply. Enter Sunscreen. Input the UV Index for where you are, the SPF of the sunscreen, and your skin color and the app will set a timer letting you know when you should reapply. Don't know the UV Index? No worries – the app comes with an map and search function so that you can find out. So easy.

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  1. jointhegossip
    4 years ago

    I will def need to check out these apps!

    Happy 2014 :)

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      Let me know how you like them!

  2. Areeba Siddique
    4 years ago

    WhatsApp is a LIFESAVER for sure!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      So helpful! I would have been lost without it!

  3. Amanda
    4 years ago

    I use WhatsApp of a daily basis, andI hardly go anywhere that costs $ before looking it up on TripAdvisor. Great Apps, that’s for sure! x

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      The only thing that I don’t like about WhatsApp is that the notifications never pop up. Maybe just on my phone?

      1. Amanda
        4 years ago

        Hmm… I get push notifications from WhatsApp. Do you remember agreeing to allow them when you first installed it? My only advice would be to un-install and then reinstall it. (Which is how I solve 90% of my tech problems.) xx

  4. Noor Unnahar
    4 years ago

    These apps are great , I need Sunscreen in my life.

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      Seriously, game changer.

  5. Jamie
    4 years ago

    I get paranoid about not having internet or hotels/airlines losing reservations so I usually print everything off and carry it with me in paper form. but I might have to investigate this TripIt app for my next vacation, it could save a few trees :)

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      I get nervous about it too. I usually have a print out as a backup just in case :)

  6. Inner Loop Adventures
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestions on *free* apps!! The sunscreen app is brilliant, I need it regardless of whether or not I’m traveling! P.S. I’m liking up for the first time today :) Love your blog!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      The sunscreen app is pretty genius, right? Thanks for linking up today!

  7. Niki Caron
    4 years ago

    I need to get the TripAdvisor app! It helped so much when we were planning our honeymoon! I should check out the rest too! Happy New Year!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      The app is so nice to have in hand! And Happy new year, Niki!

  8. Monica Roese
    4 years ago

    I must check out the sunscreen app for sure!! Thanks for sharing, Nicole! I always pick up something new when I visit your blog :)
    xo,
    Monica
    http://glamvolution.blogspot.com

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      It is pretty much a life saver :)

  9. Alex
    4 years ago

    Wow that Sunscreen app sounds super cool. And whatsapp is my obsession!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      I love that all the expats are glued to WhatsApp as well. So necessary when abroad!

  10. Kam
    4 years ago

    I’ve not used TripIt yet but keep hearing good things! Considering I travel so much for work I think I need to download it asap!

    Happy New Year!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      oh you’ll have to try it and let me know what you think, Kam!

  11. Beka Johnson
    4 years ago

    Awesome travel apps! Thanks for sharing them.

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      of course, Beka!

  12. Kate
    4 years ago

    I need that sunscreen app! I’m the opposite, because I burn SO easily, and I’m good at always applying 55 SPF first thing, but then I will zone out and totally forget to reapply until it is too late.

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      sunscreen is such a lifesaver! the perfect accessory for any power couple.

  13. stephanie court
    4 years ago

    We would not have been able to figure anything out in Buenos Aires if not for that handy TripAdvisor app. Great suggestions!!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      yes! I always plan my trips using TripAdvisor!

  14. Jenn
    4 years ago

    GREATTT post, that I’ll be pinning right after I comment : ) Excited to link up, too!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      thanks, Jenn! So happy that you linked up and enjoyed the post!

  15. Helene
    4 years ago

    bookmarking this post!! awesome!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      so happy that it is helpful, Helene!

  16. Megan C. Stroup
    4 years ago

    Yeeeeeeeeeah TripIt! Best app ever. And I have to try that Sunscreen app – that sounds so practical!

  17. Maaike - travellousworld.com
    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I had heard of Tripit before, but never used it myself. Will it sync with different email addresses (I have travel info on multiple email addresses)? XE Currency will certainly come in handy when I travel to Hungary next month. I’ve heard some ‘horror’ stories of how people were the victims of swindles when they were there. Does the app work without data/wifi?