The Benefits of Actually Using the Best Travel Apps


How many times have you read a “top 10 best apps you absolutely must use” list with the goal of upping your game, downloaded a couple of the recommendations, then never put them to use? Good intentions only yield positive results if you take action!

For example, we recently recommended 13 of the best travel apps. It’s a nice mix of apps to take the hassle out of traveling, whether you’re staying local or jetting across the country or around the globe.

Here are a few good reasons to take another look at that list, plus a few more suggestions for apps that will have you thinking about what your next destination will be.

Know Where You’re Going

Use your smartphone to guide you when driving or just walking around. Apps such as Google Maps and Waze will give you a sense of how long it takes to get from point to point, traffic conditions and alternate route suggestions.

Keep Travel Documents Organized

Paper versions of travel documents can easily get damaged or lost when you’re on the road. Make electronic copies of important items such as your passport, itineraries, loyalty cards for hotels and rental car companies and store them all in apps such as Trip Case, Zapya, Mobile Passport and TripIt.

Get The Best Prices

Use apps to find the best deals on hotels (Trivago), flights (Matrix Flights), gas (Gas Buddy) and even trains and buses (Wanderu). 

Find Fun Things To Do

When your itinerary has some free time, check out these apps to find some fun things to do (TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet) or even find deals on airport lounge admissions (Lounge Buddy).

Simplified Transportation

Whether you’re headed to Midway airport, or need a ride to Chicago, make sure to have the WSL ride-booking app installed on your phone to book reliable, safe private transportation.

Download Away

The right apps can make your trip smoother from beginning to end. Take some time to check out the recommendations for both Android and iPhones and download them from the Google Play or Apple App Store, then put them to work for you.