7 FREE Travel Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Trip

August 13, 2014

Heading out on vacation? Whether you want to stay organized, stay connected, or acclimate to the culture, these travel apps will help. Better yet, they are the fantastic price of free.

What else could you need?

For Staying Organized

TripIt
FREE
iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows
Between booking flights, hotels, rental cars, and keeping track of every excursion or activity you planned prior to departure, staying organized can feel virtually impossible. TripIt takes the complication out of keeping track of reservations and plans by compiling it all into one central location. Pretty much anyone could benefit from this quick download.

PackPoint
FREE
iPhone, Android
With my overabundance of shoes, lack of warm clothing, and just general unpreparedness when it comes to packing, I need all the help I can get. This awesome app will compile a packing list based on your destination, time of travel, planned activities while traveling, and whether you are there for business or leisure. It’s like a personal packer without the expense – how cool is that?

For Staying Connected

Postagram
FREE
iPhone, Android
I love getting postcards in the mail, but when it comes to sending them while I’m traveling, finding postage can be a pain. Enter postagram postcards. This awesome app lets you create your own postcards – with your own photo and a personalized message – and sends them for you. What is better than that?

WhatsApp
FREE
iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows
If you’re traveling abroad, you are probably have already resigned yourself to the idea that you can’t use your phone unless you want to be hit with astronomical fees from your service provider. That’s actually not the case. WhatsApp lets you send texts over wifi to other phones that have the app all for free. Yes, FREE.

JiWire
FREE
iPhone, Android
Speaking of wifi, if you need to find a connection near you, you’ll want to download JiWire. You’ll be able to see all of the hotspots around you no matter where you currently are in the world – something that will make using all the rest of these apps that much easier.

For Acclimating to the Culture

XE Currency
FREE
iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows
I am far from a math wizard, so when I’m on the go while on vacation, the last thing I want to do is attempt to convert currencies in my head. That’s where XE Currency comes in handy. It is able to convert EVERY world currency and will even store the last updated rate so you don’t always need an internet connection to be able to reap the benefits of this app.

Google Translate
FREE
iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows
If you’re concerned about breaking through the language barrier while traveling, Google Translate will allow you to translate 80 different languages by recording audio or directly typing in the text. It will also help with pronunciation with a playback feature and there’s an additional option to look up certain words or phrases in the dictionary.

Do you have any travel apps that you swear by? Share them by leaving a comment!