5 Wanderlust-Worthy Travel Apps


With endless amounts of travel apps to choose from, there is no reason to *wing* it when travelling to new destinations anymore. But choosing the best apps to download can be as overwhelming as trying to translate “triple-grande-half-caf-decaf-two-shot-sugar-free-vanilla” into another language, so we’ve curated the five best travel apps for your next trip!

 

TripIt

TripIt

If you’re not the type who likes to travel by the seat of your pants, you’ll appreciate TripIt. Once you’ve booked, they take care of the rest. Forward your flight, car, and hotel emails to the app and it becomes your virtual assistant, sifting through the various messages and creating one easy-to-understand, tidy online itinerary for your trip.

With both a free and paid service ($49/year), you can choose your travel itinerary needs and select a package accordingly. While both plans allow you to organize and access your travel plans in one place, the premium plan offers real-time travel updates, more social share features (your “inner circle” or team members will be informed about any updates or delays with your plans automatically).

{Bonus points: this app integrates with the PackPoint app, below}

Available for: i0s and Android

Cost: free and paid options available

 

Stellar

Steller

Though not exclusively a travel app, Steller is a beautiful, visually-pleasing app that has already captured the attention of the wanderlust crowd. Billed as a “free storytelling app,” it designs stunning multimedia albums. What is travel but a chance to experience – then share – stories with others? With that in mind, Steller allows users to piece together images, videos and photo essays, making use of various cropping tools, as well as a large number of headers and classic fonts, for an end result that is a digital coffee table book. Not ready for your own adventures? Steller has a social sharing component too, making it equally as appealing for armchair travellers.

Available for: i0s and android

Cost: free

 

PackPoint

PackPoint

Heading out for a trip, but confused about whether you’ll need an umbrella or sunscreen (hello, Canadian weather)? PackPoint takes the pain out of packing. Tap in a few details about you and your trip (destination, length of stay, gender, activities you’ve got planned) and the app organizes what you need to pack based on length of travel, the expected weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip. Then this wizardly app automatically constructs an easy-to-use, best-guess, custom packing list. Included is a suggested list of clothing, toiletries, gadgets, accessories, and other things you’ll want to take with you. You’ll be prepped for weather, special events and anything else on your itinerary. And after you create a list to your liking, you can share with your less organized pals by text or email, or even save it to use again for another trip.

Available for: i0s and android

Cost: free (premium app available for more customization features)

 

XE Currency

XE Currency

XE Currency provides all the world’s currencies at your fingertips and is the most downloaded foreign exchange app. It converts every currency on-the-go, gives live exchange rates, as well as historical charts. Plus, it stores the last updated rates so it works even if the internet isn’t.

Available for: i0s and android

Cost: free (or $1.99 for the ad-free version)

 

Spot

Spot

This visually-pleasing app isn’t content to just find you“the best places in the world” on your next trip. They want to curate the best places in the world just for you. Spot takes the pain out of the travel-planning process by using recommendations from experts,  locals and friends, which – when combined – cinch together to offer up custom suggestions for you as soon as you step off the plane. Just type in your destination and lists like “Where Chicagoans get the best deep dish pizza,” “Hidden gems in Montréal” or ‘Toronto’s coolest ‘hoods” will have you packing your bags for your next weekend jaunt.

Available for: i0s and android

Cost: free