Navigating the Unknown: 6 Must-Have Travel Apps to Have Installed on Your Smartphone

Traveling is exciting, whether you’re checking out a new city or headed into an entirely new country. However, unfamiliar places, languages, and customs can create some difficulties. Thankfully, now we have technology that can help us navigate those things. Below are some of the most helpful travel apps you might consider using.


If any part of your travels will have you driving, GasBuddy is a fantastic app to keep on hand. This app shows you current prices for all the gas stations in the area you’re driving through so that you can find the best deal near you. The prices are reported by your fellow app users. Right now the app is available in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Hotel Tonight

As much as we might try to plan our vacations ahead of time, sometimes we end up having to change plans or travel to an unexpected place at the last minute. When that happens to you, Hotel Tonight can be an invaluable tool. This app specializes in finding hotel rooms specifically for the night at hand, often at steep discounts. You can also book in advance on the app, but you’ll get the best deals booking for that night.


If you’re going to have some layovers while you’re flying to your destination, you might want to consider downloading LoungeBuddy. This app allows you access to exclusive lounges at airports around the world. The app will let you know if there is a lounge in your airport, and if day passes into the lounge is available. If you need a place away from the crowds to relax or get some work done, this app can help you get there.


TripAdvisor lives up to its name, offering advice to you as you travel in the form of reviews and photos uploaded by your fellow users. The app and website have been around for a while, so there are lots of reviews and recommendations in most cities.


Uber is widely known as the “taxi app”, so why would you prefer it if you’re travelling to a city where taxis are plentiful and easy to come by? Well, for one thing, you don’t have to worry about being ripped off by unscrupulous taxi drivers who might want to pad their own pockets, as all of your payments are made through the app. Additionally, it negates any language barrier concerns, as you enter your destination on the app as well.


You’re probably familiar with plenty of apps that offer to help you find cheap plane tickets, but what about other modes of travel? Wanderu is a great app to check out if you want to include buses and trains in your travel searches.

Knowing where you’re going and planning ahead are a great way to take some of the stress out of your travel planning, but having these apps on hand can also help keep your trip going smoothly. Download them onto your smartphone to help improve your travel experience!