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Best travel tools?

Hi there! 

I am working on a little project, and I am trying to find out what are people's favorite travel apps/tools. Whether it is helpful for travel planning, or while you are on the actual trip... anything will do! So, my question is, what do you use? What are your favorite travel apps/tools? What would you be sad to travel without?

Thanks!

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  • Melissa Embrador

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    Aside from the ones already mentioned, some apps I really love are Trover and Findery to read about first hand account of places that I plan to visit from fellow travellers. I also love using Foursquare everywhere I go, to look for ratings and reviews locals give to the places they've been to and there are great deals there too. Triposo also is a nice app to get complete guides on cities that I would go to. It certainly beats buying those travel guides from a bookstore or the airport. Another app I love is TouristEye, it aids in trip planning with suggestions for popular local tourist spots then giving you an itinerary that's available offline. For road trips, Roadtrippers is amazing because you just determine your start and end locations and it gives you places to see along the way. Field Trip also works similarly but with this app, you get notifications when you get near the location.

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  • Benedict Leung

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    Flight Booking / Researching:

    ITA is my favorite resource for searching for air fares. When I am in Europe and need to search for LCCs as well, I use SkyScanner

    Hotel Booking / Researching:

    For Hotels, Kayak is my favorite website since it aggregates everything. I lean towards Booking.com in Europe since they have more B&B coverage, which is especially useful in small towns where chain hotels just don't exist.

    Pre-Destination Booking / Researching:

    In most cases, I rarely have enough time to plan everything out in advance so I usually quickly hop on Oyster to see if there are any books on the destination. I download all the eBooks onto my iPhone on the way to the airport to skim through the flight.

    At-Destination Booking / Researching:

    When I am at the destination, I usually hop onto Wikitravel and also to Viator or Peek to see if there is anything interesting.

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  • Andy Huang

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    I typically start my trip planning by generating a list of places to see and things to do. That list is usually kept in a Google doc. Then I put the items onto a Google map so I see where they are in relation to each other. After that I try to figure out which places make sense to see together on the same day. I'll usually have a loose schedule in my head for what I want to do each day.

    I have started using Pinterest to pin items to a map. I haven't used it yet on a new trip so I can't say how well it works yet.

    Before I arrive I'll load my trip details to Tripit so I have all my flight and hotel information in one place. If I need a place to stay I'll use Airbnb or Booking.

    On the ground I'll use Google maps to find my way and for transit directions. I'll also use Yelp or Foursquare, but that's usually when I'm looking for some place close by for a drink or a bite.

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      Absolutely! I agree with Andy! I have TripIt on my cell phone and it helps organize all my travel plans into one convenient space. I actually have two free upgrade codes to the TripIt Pro edition from my last travel conference if anyone is interested! #travelbuddies Just send me an e-mail at: giveforgranted@gmail.com All the best, Jenna www.giveforgranted.com · (1 likelikes)

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      Woo, I'll happily take the upgrade code! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Scott McNutt

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    There's an awesome translation app called Word Lens. It's amazing. You hold up your phone in live camera view and it overlays a translation of signs, menus, etc. You can then freeze the translation. There are multiple languages available.

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  • Nadra Moritz

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    .......... Virtual Tools

    Travel Search

    • Rome2Rio
    • Kayak
    • SkyScanner

    Travel Planning

    • Tripcase
    • Evernote
    • Google Maps
    • Trip Advisor

    .......... Physical Tools

    • Luggage Scale
    • Ziplocs*
    • Thermos
    • Plug in cooler (road trips)


    * Ziplocs are great for keeping toiletries in check but also for sorting out money, chargers, maps etc by area or country ..


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  • Adam McElroy

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    I keep going back to www.onebag.com for tips and tricks - their bundle wrapping technique is a firm favourite

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  • Jacey & Scott Mahaffy

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    Aside from the obvious necessity apps that I use for both person and work travel (i.e.,, United, Hilton)...I adore the apps like flysmart (gives you airport information like parking availability, shopping stores and restaurants with reviews for tons of airports), afar (can search locations and pics with brief descriptions pull up), loungebuddy (tells me where airport lounges are, and if my enrollment gets me in for free or my status with an airline gets me in, or what cost to use), travelzoo (deals!), uber (awesome), seatguru (fabulous for long flights!), and for fun I like to peak at tvfoodmaps/foodnetwork on the road!

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  • Sherrie Rohde

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    1. I always use TripIt when traveling, keeps all my transportation, meetings, etc organized in a nice clean way.

    2. I often use Foursquare/Swarm as well when I want to find something interesting near me.

    3. As someone else mentioned, Word Lens is pretty helpful when you don't speak the language.

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  • Kristine Camins

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    Here are my top travel apps:

    1. Pocket Earth : Ever since I discovered this map app, I have never traveled without it on my smartphone. I download all the city maps I need beforehand, plot out the places I want to visit, and then just pull it up from my phone when I need it. It has never failed me and has always given me accurate directions.
    2. XE Currency : I love shopping so I need a quick currency converter before I spend.
    3. Booking.com : Always my go-to site for my hotel/ hostel bookings
    4. A train/subway route planner app : I love taking the trains/ metro when I travel so I always download a route planner app. Recently, I've used the map apps from Urban-Map . I got the Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul rail map/ route planner apps and they were awesome.

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  • Lissa Willis

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    I love all the info your question has generated, and I'll definitely be checking out the suggested apps, but my tip is about hardware: I take my iPhone and mini-iPad, with a cable to upload my pix from phone to pad at the end of each day. In many hotels, the WiFi connection is not strong enough for me to accomplish this task wirelessly in brief timeframe, so the cable makes it simple and fast. I then can edit pix in a larger format, post the best ones, and free up the memory on my phone for next day's photography.

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  • Paul Weinstein

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    Travel Tracker Pro - only app I found that lets you plan private car road trips a well as commercial

    Tripit

    Packing Po

    Hipmunk

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  • Kim Dayman

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    My #1 is XE Currency. I'm not great at math or off-hand conversions so it's really helpful especially when visiting multiple countries with differing currencies in a short timespan and you're trying to stay on a budget.

    TripAdvisor is an old standby for accommodation and activity reviews, Yelp for restaurants reviews. Google maps for getting around, street views to find locations and updates of traffic.

    Other apps I use for travelling are just my usually day to day apps helpful for regular activities, my calendar, reminders, banking, notepad and for longer trips Skype to talk to friends and family without paying roaming cell phone charges.

    More then anything though I use my phone as my quick point and shoot camera to capture travel moments without having to grab for my more expensive camera usually out of it's travel bag.

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  • Esther Pun

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    Some of my favorite travel tools:

    • Tripcipe, a new travel startup (still in private beta) helps people easily save recommended sights or eats from any website--it's like a Pinterest for travel. It's great for people who do a lot of planning and research on multiple websites; Tripcipe keeps all the information in one place and offers a clean interface while showing everything on a map. There's also a mobile app coming soon (with offline features) so that you can take all your research with you, even if you're abroad without a mobile plan. To see an example, check out this New York Itinerary on Tripcipe. (For full disclosure, I'm one of the co-founders of Tripcipe. ;) We designed our site to make trip planning as easy as possible from start to finish.)

    • Google Maps App, which now offers offline maps. To download a map offline, first go to the area of the map you want to download (for example, the city of Paris). Then type in the search bar on top: "ok maps". The app will download the map area on your screen; you'll be able to zoom in down to the street level. Infinitely helpful when you're abroad without a data plan!
    • Design Sponge City Guides. This isn't a tool per se, but it's one of my trusted sources for any city. They offer highly curated recommendations that range from food, sights, to shopping... all with a design spin. I love that their city guides will generally cover the "big sights" but also call out more eclectic and unique finds.

    Other apps/tools I use have already been mentioned by others, such as Evernote (handy for taking full articles offline) and Tripit (great for organizing logistics).

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  • Zel Lederman

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    I would suggest you carry a list of the private guide & group tour descriptions offered by the following companies.These can often offer an alternative to the guide books and help itinerary planning as well -whether you want a private guide or not.

    http://www.Toursbylocals.com

    http://www.anyroad.com

    http://www.tourdigger.com

    As well I often have a look at http://www.i-escape.com for their background material on a destination I am traveling to.

    Best

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    compare hotel prices and get always the cheapest price for your hotel

    www.trivago.com (also has android app)

    find out not were tourist go but genuine places from locals

    www.spottedbylocals.com (android app)

    website also sells small guides

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    I've alay loved guide books, to prepare planning beforehand and on site for eveyday use. Now that they're elctronic it's even better. Great with my iPad.

    i also like google maps, when on the road, but you need to be online most of the time. My tip is to take a pictor of the map by pressing both bottons (front and top on/ off). It stores it in photo portfolio you can use whenever.

    My favorite app is Paking pro. It help you on planning packing, things to do beor leaving nd alo is a great recco of what you bring along if luggage get lost or stolen.

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  • Joe Studlick

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    Hipmunk for flights.


    TripAdvisor for reviews

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    I'm with Scott, Word Lens is so helpful and makes life so much easier. Then places like here, Twitter and Trover to see what's around you

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    Zip lock bags for packing your lunch at breakfast. Food is very expensive. Small Thermos flask and coffee so you can take your coffee along. I like to take the cupochino bags that just need sugar and hot water which you can get at breakfast.

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    I like using Hipmunk to help plan my trips, then I use TripCase to keep track of all my information!!!

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