Planning the details of an upcoming trip can be overwhelming and sometimes tedious.  But don’t worry!  Here are some travel apps that make planning a trip, both before departure and during your adventure, much easier.



The Hopper app uses predictive technology to let you know when the best time is to fly to your destination.  You can also find out when you are most likely to score the cheapest tickets.  You can set alerts on your phone, so you can be notified as soon as the price fluctuates.  I set an alert for every trip I plan, so I don’t end up jumping the gun and end up paying way more than I need to for the same flights.

Google Translate

Google translate makes it easy to translate on the go.  You can type the text that you want to translate, and choose the languages you want the text translated from and to.  You can also take a picture of the text you want translated (like a menu or a street sign), and have it translated that way as well.  Last (and maybe most important), you can speak into your phone, and have the words translated.  This will come in handy if you’re actively trying to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t speak your language.

XE Currency

I like having up-to-date currency rates available to me while I’m abroad.  It helps me quickly determine if something i’m thinking about purchasing is overpriced, or if someone is straight up trying to swindle me.  It could also help you save a little cash if the currency where you are suddenly drops during your vacation.


Viator helps you find tours and activities being offered near you.  You can book anything from booze cruises in the Caribbean, to Vatican tours in Italy.  These tour providers have all been pre-vetted by the Viator team, and they also provide verified reviews and photos for you to check out before booking.  They also have a pretty decent customer service team, which is available 24/7.  I always try to double check reviews of these tour providers on TripAdvisor as well.


I prefer Waze to Google Maps when I am traveling abroad; the turn by turn directions tend to be more accurate.  For countries where roundabouts are more common than 4 way intersections, Google Maps always adds an extra exit and tells me to get off at the wrong one.  Google Maps sometimes will not give you directions out loud, so you may end up having to stare at your screen the whole time instead of just listening for it to tell you when to turn.


What about you?  What are some must have apps when you go on vacation.  Mention them in the comments!