The Best Travel Apps for 2016

Some apps are completely pointless and are just for wasting time, procrastinating, or those ones that look great and you download them and never ever use them. Other apps are amazing, take the hassle out of your travels and you’ll swear by them to anyone who will listen.

The second category of app is what I’m going to talk about today!

I’m one of those people that has an app for everything. One of my friends will say, “oh I wish there was an app that did such-and-such” and I’m always the one to jump in and be all “there’s one for that!” and tell them what it’s called, how awesome it is, and how often I use it.

So here is a list of my favourite go-to apps for travel. I’m not listing any for finding flights as that will be a separate article altogether!

Trip Planning

One of the hardest things about planning a trip can be planning your itinerary. I always find that I want to do a load of different things but then realise they’re actually super far from each other (like one pub I thought sounded great in Gothenburg… until I realised it was in Mölndal and not really in walking distance) and apps that let me choose the things I want to do and then calculate getting between them are amazing.

Triposo

I first found this app when I was in FYR Macedonia as there aren’t a huge amount of apps for the country! I ended up then downloading it for Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania too – I then discovered they have an app where you can download different cities/regions/countries instead of needing a new app each time.

The app provides offline maps where attractions, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, banks, pharmacies and more have a different icon so you can easily see what’s close to you or close to each other! The app can also calculate a walking route to somewhere you want to go – no more attempting to find a museum and ending up walking in circles!

Available FREE on iOS and Android.

Screeshot from Triposo

Tripomatic

Tripomatic is an awesome itinerary planner that I’ve been using for ages! I can’t remember exactly when I first started using it, but I have used it for trips to Iceland, Honduras, Chicago and more. I currently only use the free version but you can pay for the premium upgrade if you need it!

What I love about Tripomatic is the way you can create an itinerary for your trip and simply add attractions (from a variety of categories, including “food”, “beach”, “family”, “free” and “museum”) to each day and the app calculates the quickest walking or driving route to go to all the different places you have added to one day.

It’s my favourite app to tell me whether I’m trying to do too much as it also adds an expected visit time to show how long your days will be!

Available FREE on iOS, Android, Blackberry and Amazon Apps.

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Travel Organisers

The one thing I hate about booking travel is all the email confirmations you get – they get mixed in with all your other emails and mixed with emails about different trips, what a mess! But luckily – ta da! – there’s an app (or two) for that.

TripIt

I don’t know what I’d do without this app. At first, I only used it to put all my flight confirmations in one place (which is pretty handy anyway) but then realised I can use it for ALL trip plans – including hotels, car rentals and buses. AMAZING.

It’s like a personal assistant for everything travel – filing all your plans in one place for easy retrieval, adding it all to your main calendar(s) and allowing you to add other people to trips so you can all share the information in a super-easy fashion! (I could go on all day about how awesome it is.)

TripIt Pro has all the features that the free version has and adds on a bunch more. Pro features include alerts about flights (delays, changes), airline point trackers and also the ability to find alternate flights in case of delay or cancellation.

Available FREE on iOS and Android. TripIt Pro is available at an annual cost of $49.

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Flying

I feel this app’s name pretty much gives away what it does! It’s also weirdly addictive…

Flying is an app that tracks your flights and makes cool little graphics (maps, distance travelled, ‘time travel’) and is a great record of all the flights you’ve taken! I’m a little obsessed with watching my distance percentage to the moon increase with each flight I take… and watching new airports I’ve flown to turn up on the map!

The app lets you add flights manually or connects to TripIt and adds them automatically. You can also add friends on the app and see your flights in comparison with theirs!

Available FREE on iOS and coming soon on Android!

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Transport, Accommodation & Money

Of course, there are certain things you need once you’ve arrived at a destination. One of these is transport – getting from A to B is a pretty important thing. The other two are accommodation (who doesn’t want an actual place to stay?) and money (I can’t find an app for giving you money, but there are some to manage the money you already have).

Rome2Rio

This app (and website) is awesome and one of my favourite tools to use every time I’m planning a trip, especially when it involves a lot of road and rail travel. Whether you’re doing a short trip from Warsaw to Kraków or a road trip all the way from Phuket to Hanoi (three buses, two trains and a taxi, £90 – £118 and takes 2 days 19 hours, if you were wondering) Rome2Rio will work out a variety of options for you.

The app and website also provide links for booking. Don’t forget to check the websites as you may find a cheaper price (although you may need to use a translation app or Google Chrome as not all the websites have an English translation). Some locations have better data than others, though, but Rome2Rio always gives you a good idea of what’s available!

Available FREE on iOS and online.

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Lodgeo

This is my favourite of all accommodation finding and booking apps (UPDATE: they now have a website in beta too!) that I’ve used. You can use it to search “here and now” or for a specific place with specific dates. Lodgeo rounds up prices from a host of booking sites (Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia and more) so you find the cheapest price!

The app lets you compare different websites and you can book through the app itself or through one of the booking websites (e.g. if you get cashback on their site). You can also shortlist different hostels to come back to later.

You can also filter by price range, the number of stars, hotel brand, distance from the centre, review score and also the type of hotel (beach, romantic, does it have a bar or wifi) as well as seeing the places in list or map view.

Available FREE on iOS and Android.

PS: If you sign up, please use the code NPBIE1. I get credit for each person who signs up with my promo code at no cost to you!

Screenshot of accommodation app Lodgeo

Spendee

Spendee is a super cute money management app and I just love its look. It’s aesthetically pleasing in such a clean and simple way and makes it really easy to track your spending in whichever currency you are currently spending in.

You choose a base currency (e.g. your home currency) and then in whichever country you happen to be in you can add a transaction in the currency of that country and it converts it to your base currency. There are a few improvements that I think could be made to the app but it’s still undergoing updates and has a few exciting “coming soons” so I’m definitely going to keep using it.

It also provides really neat graphs of your expenses and income. You can add photos and locations to your transactions so you can even see your expenses by “place” – then you can really see how much you spend at your local Starbucks (or whatever your vice is)… The free version also lets you create custom categories (e.g. I made a “coffee” category, “mobile” category and “sightseeing” category as these are relevant to my spending and something I wanted to track).

Available FREE on iOS and Android. Spendee Pro is available for $1.99 monthly.

Screenshot of money management travel app Spendee

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to re-pin on Pinterest if you enjoyed it!

What are the best apps from travel planning and booking? Find out the top travel apps for 2016 here!

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    ERin
    March 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Love the flying app! I think I will be downloading it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      Penelope
      March 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Not a problem! Connect with me on there too – Penelope Bielckus!

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      Nancy
      December 22, 2016 at 7:59 am

      I love Tripit

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        Penelope
        January 13, 2017 at 12:11 am

        I love it!

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    Shatia
    March 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    There are so many travel apps out there that it can be overwhelming to pick one. I’m definitely going to download TripIt. Thanks for sharing!

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      Penelope
      March 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      There are! I’ve definitely gone through a LOT to find the ones that are worth it! TripIt is so handy – I’d be lost without it! Probably the only reason I’m always on time to my flights… Haha!

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    Corinne
    March 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Penelope, First – wow! That’s a lot of info…so I love it. Second, I’ve pinned your post, because quite frankly apps is my husband’s bailiwick…I’m too busy taking pictures to follow any kind of route/map/app. I’m hopeless. I did like the Tripomatic and GPSMyWay apps; both look very useful. Great info.

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      Penelope
      March 2, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Haha – I’m glad you liked it! I’m a photographer too but absolutely love my apps!

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    solestraveling
    March 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I can’t travel without TripIt. I have the pro-version and so worth it. Also, I love how it works Concur (I think it’s owned by Concur?) with business travel, too.

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      Penelope
      March 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Yup it is! It’s such a good app and saves me so much time and hassle.

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    Kaci
    March 2, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Yes!!!! I needed this post so badly haha thank you! I will be downloading TripIt tonight!

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      Penelope
      March 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      I’m glad it helped out!! Subscribe if you want to be kept up-to-date with my other posts (including more about apps) 🙂 also don’t forget to take part in the giveaway if you haven’t already!

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    Liz
    March 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    ROME2RIO IS THE BEST. I swear I spend 6 hours a day on it planning random trips hahaha. Thanks for the other suggestions too, I’m definitely going to check them out!

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      Penelope
      March 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      HAHA omg I do exactly the same! Like ‘ooh how would I get from Bath to Vilnius without flying?’ haha. No problem – don’t forget to subscribe for a chance to win a free app! Thanks for the comment ^_^ always love to hear that people find my recommendations handy aha

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    Kaylene Chadwell
    March 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I don’t have any of these, but definitely will be downloading a few of these! TripIt sounds so useful! I try to print all my travel and trip plans and end up losing most of them, so this will be a great way to have them all in one place!

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      Penelope
      March 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      I used to do that too and it just failed miserably, haha. I ended up finding printed boarding passes and coach reservations in my bag weeks after I was back half the time!

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    Kristina
    March 2, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Ahhh I didn’t know about a few of these apps, will be checking them out for sure on my next trip! Cheers!

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      Penelope
      March 3, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Glad I could help! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a free city app for your next trip, too!

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    Ivy
    March 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I love Tripit! The best part is the countdown haha makes my work week go by quicker 🙂

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      Penelope
      March 3, 2016 at 12:12 am

      Yes! Also I love the little reminders, like IT’S ALMOST TIME AHHHHH.

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    Tamar
    March 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    These are great apps! I use Tripit all the time but am considering using Rome2Rio and Spendee now too. Great roundup!

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      Penelope
      March 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      I’m glad I could help! Thanks!

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    Rosemary
    March 4, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Great tips. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been looking for an app to store all my reservations in one place. Will have to check out Tripit. Pinning this for future. Great resource 🙂
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      Penelope
      March 4, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Happy to hear it helped! TripIt is so handy, you don’t even need to get the pro version for it to be super useful 🙂 thanks for pinning! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

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    Roland Edwins
    March 30, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I’m so glad to hear the tips it helped me a lot.Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Penelope
      March 30, 2016 at 7:07 am

      You’re welcome, I’m glad it helped!

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    Ellie
    April 14, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Great article… Wish I had the space on my phone for any of the apps haha!

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    Anna Rosemend
    May 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for sharing list of travel apps, TripIt would be the best choice for travel apps. I have one website called “The Great Apps” where you can have so many apps along with travel.

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    Alyssa
    July 23, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Thanks for this awesome list. I recently discovered TripIt and am now addicted to posting my itineraries, flights, and other details. I’ll definitely check out the rest of the apps,

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      Penelope
      August 14, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Yay! haha I’m totally addicted to TripIt and Flying!

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