Top 5 Free Travel Apps

Ever hear the saying “They have an app for that”? Well here are the best of the best must have apps for every frequent traveler and one’s that I personally use all the time.  And who wants to pay for something?…these babies are FREE.

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

Reviews on hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more this app is must when traveling in unfamiliar area’s.  All the power of the main site tripadvisor.com in the power of your cell or tablet.  I don’t use this for everyplace I want to eat or stay because I like a little spontaneity,  but its definitely a valuable resource.  There is even a feature for gps phones to finds things near you. One piece of advice: follow the crowd, not the individual in the reviews. There is a bad apple for every review or a competing business trying to steal market share, so if the majority says Yes! go for it.

Skype

Skype

No one likes paying the ridiculous rates for international calls back to home.  What’s the solution? Got a wi-fi connection nearby? With the Skype app you can video chat with friends and family free of charge.  No more missing the new babies first moments or family birthday wishes when your not close.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner

Probably the most thorough flight search app available, Skyscanner searches over 1000 airlines to find the best flight deals for your next trip.  I’ve tried other apps like kayak, which I still suggest using to fare compare, but Skyscanner always seems to produce better results.

Gate Guru

Gate Guru

Your stuck in the airport because your flight is delayed and you don’t feel like sitting by the gate or maybe your late and want to know security checkpoint average times.  In comes Gate Guru.  A compendium of everything for the major airports including maps, restaurants, security times, etc.  I found it particularly useful last time I was in ATL – Atlanta-Hartsfield airport craving a local beer from the Sweetwater brewery and GateGuru found me their restaurant in a hurry.

Flight Aware

Flight Aware

Your flight is still delayed and your enjoying your beer at the restaurant you just found with GateGuru, but you still wanna know…where the hell is my plane? Use Flight Aware, because its what actual pilots use.  Live flight tracking, airport delays, and flight maps of your plane and the ones around the area give this app a edge on determining your next move.

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