Many of us love to travel — and for good reason. You get to see the world, make new friends and memories, and maybe even learn a bit of a new language. But, for all of the amazing experiences, most of us know that traveling can be stressful.
Luckily, there are a plethora of apps on the App Store that can make travel easier, from the planning and preparing phase to the actual trip. Whether you’re going to New Orleans or Orléans, France, these apps will help you book, navigate and communicate in your travel destination.
Orbitz is a well-known name in travel booking — and that fact shows in their iOS app. From hotels and flights to rental cars, you can book almost anything you need for your trip quickly and easily. The app also shows you local activities and attractions, and lets you easily share your travel plans with friends and family.Install Now
Expedia’s iOS app is a great option for all of your hotel, flight, rental car and travel package booking needs. The app is simple to navigate and easy to use, and it boasts a number of mobile-only discounts and features — like helpful on-device travel alerts and doubled rewards points when you book through the app.Install Now
If you’re trying to nab a last minute hotel reservation, Hotel Tonight might be your best option. The service unearths unsold rooms across a wide range of hotels, offering you both a good amount of choices and some steep discounts. The app is also famous for its “three taps and one swipe” ease-of-use.Install Now
Looking for the perfect hotel room? The Hotels.com app is a fast and simple way book one. It lets you easily compare various hotels in your destination and even get instant savings on the room of your choice. The app supports Apple Pay, and there are even Apple Watch and iMessage companion apps for you to use.Install Now
Lyft is an essential companion for all of your travel plans and trips. Most people will probably know what it is, but if you don’t, it’s basically an app that easily lets you order a ride-share — no matter where you are or where you’re going. In other words: if you need to get somewhere, just order a Lyft.Install Now
Depending on your destination, it might be smarter to forego a rental car entirely. That’s where a ride-sharing service like Uber comes in. Just open the app, order a ride, and an Uber driver will come pick you up. It’s a fast and simple way to get around in a city you’re unfamiliar with.Install Now
Google Maps is an amazing app for commuting and navigation, but it’s also incredibly handy for travel. A new Explore tab lets you see nearby restaurants, businesses and attractions. And if you’re without a car, you can easily get public transit or walking directions to your destination. Don’t leave home without it.Install Now
Communicating can be tough if you’re in a place that speaks a different language. But with iTranslate, it doesn’t have to be. This app lets you easily translate conversations in over 100 languages — even in real-time. It also sports a dictionary, an offline mode, and text-based translations.Install Now
If you’d rather learn the language spoke at your destination, Duolingo is a great choice. It’s an amazing app that lets you learn various languages at your own pace, in a simple game-like manner. Sure, you’re not going to be fluent overnight. But with a little work and preparation, you can nail some basic phrases.Install Now
Hipmunk may be the new “gold standard” method of booking travel accommodations. It lets you easily and quickly compare various other travel sites, so you can find the best deal. The app also features flight fare alerts, instant in-app booking, and special discounts that could save you up to 60 percent on a hotel room.Install Now
How many dollars equals a euro? If you don’t know, that’s okay — just download XE Currency. This awesome app lets you see the latest currency exchange rates, and a built-in calculator will let you convert one currency to another quickly and easily. No internet? The app also stores the latest rates live, so it works even if you don’t have a signal.Install Now