There are two kinds of travelers. You have your travel enthusiast.The one that takes the time to plan out all the variations of the trip, and well the other? The suitcase in the trunk traveler that set’s the GPS and take the road as it comes.
However you choose to travel you’ll be sure to make good time with these. Here are twenty amazing iPad/iPhone apps that we thought were must-have’s for the average travel enthusiast. They’ll help you in more than one ways you can think of while traveling.
1. Find Free WiFi spots where ever you go with Free WiFi Finder
Instantly find FREE Wi-Fi Internet hotspots wherever you are in the world online or offline!
JiWire’s Global FREE Wi-Fi app uses your iPhone’s GPS and network triangulation capabilities to locate free Wi-Fi Internet access.
★ Over 145,000 Free locations worldwide
★ “Near me” search based on your current location
★ Search specific geographic regions
★ Filter by location type (Cafe, Library, etc..)
★ Phone numbers and address info
★ Bookmark your favorite locations
2. Find the best places to eat out with Yelp
Looking for a burrito joint open now? An Irish pub nearby? A gas station you can drive to before your tank hits empty? Yelp for your iPhone is here to help. Use us to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.
- Search for businesses near you using the iPhone’s built-in location finder
- Tap quick links to find nearby bars, restaurants, cafes and more
- Narrow your searches by ‘hood, distance, price, and what’s open now
- Browse reviews to read what’s great (and not so great) in your city
- Add Quick Tips, photos, and draft reviews for your favorite businesses
- Look up addresses and phone numbers for thousands of businesses, then call or map them from your iPhone
- Yelp does augmented reality with Monocle. Overlay business information onto the world around you
3. Urban Spoon – Decide where to eat
Can’t decide where to eat? Urbanspoon can help. SHAKE your iPhone and the Urbanspoon slot machine will pick a good restaurant for you to try. See what’s NEARBY to explore your ‘hood in list or map mode. See what your FRIENDS like. BROWSE a comprehensive list of restaurants.
- Use GPS to find a restaurant near you
- Filter by neighborhood, cuisine, or price
- Search and browse local restaurants
- See a list of all nearby eateries
- Compare restaurant picks with your friends
- Ratings and reviews from newspapers, bloggers, and fellow eaters
Covers all of the United States and Canada, and large metro areas in the UK and Australia.
4. Check flight status on the go with Live Flight Tracker
Free, live flight tracking from FlightAware for the iPhone and iPod Touch!
This app allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any flight in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom. It can track general aviation (private, charter, etc) or airline flights.
Search by aircraft registration, route, airline, flight number, city pair, or airport code. Tracking data includes complete flight details and full-screen maps with NEXRAD radar overlay.
Free registration with FlightAware is required and can be easily completed in-app if you’re not already a FlightAware.com member.
5. Get info on hotels with Trip Advisor Hotels & Restaurants
- New! My Saves: save hotel, restaurant, and attraction pages so you can find them again easily
- Has reached #1 free travel app in more than 80 countries
- “iPhone Travel Apps: #1 Essential Download” – Frommers.com
- “There is simply no substitute for TripAdvisor’s hotel reviews. If you are a TripAdvisor regular, this app is for you, without reservation.” – MSNBC.com
- “If you’re someone who won’t settle for second best and you’re determined to seek out the best places ASAP, this app is a godsend.” – The Sunday Express
TripAdvisor is now optimized for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Plan and have the perfect trip with access to real traveler reviews, opinions, photos, maps, and forums that can answer even the most specific questions when you’re on the go. TripAdvisor is the world’s most trusted travel site with over 45 million reviews and opinions by travelers like you.
TripAdvisor is FREE and easy to use:
- Browse millions of reviews, opinions, and photos of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, then write or upload your own
- Find cheap flights all over the world
- Use the Near Me Now tool to discover options near you or any address you enter
- Virtual tour: see a street-level view of your destination, plus nearby hotels, restaurants, and more
-Live view: Look around with your device’s camera to see an enhanced view of nearby places
- My Saves: save hotel, restaurant, and attraction pages so you can find them again easily
6. HeyWire Free Texting to 45+ Countries
HeyWire Features Free Texting (Real SMS) to 45+ Countries from a real U.S. phone number, Smartphone Messenger Worldwide, Twitter, Facebook Chat, IM + More…
HEYWIRE SOCIAL MESSAGING HUB!
7 Great Text & Chat Services – One Simple App!
FREE TEXTING (REAL SMS) – 45+ COUNTRIES
+ No in-country or international texting fees
+ Use it to txt friends nearby or in other countries
+ Perfect travel companion to avoid costly texting
+ Text to friends with SMS capable phones
+ Friends do not need HeyWire App to reply
+ Real HeyWire U.S. Phone Number included Free!
100% Coverage in USA, Canada, Mexico & Mainland China
7. Find Zipcodes
ZIPcodes is a small tool that allows you to browse or search ZIP codes and the corresponding city/state/district/country data on your iPhone or iPod touch.
As you don’t require to be online while looking up the ZIP code information, it is in particular useful for iPod touch users without the ability to use EDGE on the way.
- ZIPcode data included for many countries
- Information about the city,state,district a ZIP codes corresponds to
- Search for any city or ZIP code
- Add often used ZIP codes to a favourites list to easily access them
8. Find the hottest places to hang out with Urban Daddy
The award-winning UrbanDaddy mobile application has your answer to the eternal question: “where should we go next?”
When you’re out on the town and looking for the perfect spot to go for food, drink or a little late night debauchery—you can find any old place or you can find the right place. Select what you want to do and who you’re with and we’ll give you a hand-picked list of the nearest spots that fit the bill, complete with venue description, photos and GPS-powered directions to get you there fast.
Maybe you’re looking for cocktails at the hottest new underground lounge? A club to mingle with the latest models that just sauntered off the runway? Coffee late night after a second date? Dinner with your hipster vegetarian girlfriend? Or just the closest bar for you to find great scotch.
You’ll also be able to access UD Perks, a selection of exclusive hook-ups, offers and opportunities that will get you anything from access to your city’s newest member’s only club to private polo lesson for half-off.
Also included in this edition is the UD Hype Cycle, which will tell you what bars and restaurants in your city are beginning to buzz, what spots are hot, which scenes are cooling off and what’s primed for a comeback. Think of it as an extremely scientific survey of the nightlife landscape as it is today.
Think of The Next Move as your digital concierge when you’re on the go. Whatever it is, we’ve got you covered. And we’ve got it when you need it—when you’re out and looking to make your next move.
9. Find Taxi’s near you with Taxi
Find the most popular and most reliable taxi services services for your area. (determined automatically for your location)
- Call a taxi with one simple tap on the screen.
10. Convert any units to anything with Unit Converter
Converter helps you with the mess of units you encounter in your everyday life. Convert from feet to yards to meters to miles with only a few taps. Converter handles 76 measurement units of eight common types, including length, weight, temperature, speed, data, volume (including common cooking units like teaspoons), area, and time. It also includes 63 currencies, with currency exchange rates updated every day over the Internet.
11. Know your weather with Accuweather
With AccuWeather, your location is pinpointed using the latest in GPS technology at just one click. From there, you have the most detailed, accurate, and up-to-date weather news and information at your fingertips. AccuWeather Free for iPad has all of the reliable, free features that you need to plan your day!
12. 700 City Maps
Do you feel online Google Maps is too slow showing you the map? Do you want an easy way to mark and remember where you are? Do you need a list of streets where you are? You don’t want to carry around a big unwieldy paper map? Tired of having the paper map blown to pieces by the wind every time you try to figure out where you are and where you need to go?
13. Translate anything visual with Word Lens
Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time! PLEASE NOTE: Language packs must be purchased from within the app. Use Word Lens on vacation, business travel, and just for fun.
14. Public Transport Information with HopSpot
This application provides detailed public transit directions and information. Whether you’re traveling by bus, subway, taxi, or walking, this app will get you where you’re going. Be sure to read about the unique iPhone features and travel customization options below. Have a great trip!
15. Travel Guides from Lonely Planet
Start your Lonely Planet app library by downloading the Lonely Planet Travel Guides app that can store your Lonely Planet City Guides and Phrasebooks in a single application. Each time you travel to a new destination, browse our current list of more than 75 titles available through this application and download the City Guides and Phrasebooks you need to make travel that little bit easier.
16. Food and Wine Guide
America’s chef superstars—José Andres, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pépin, Michael Symon and Ming Tsai—bring their best recipes to America’s premier culinary event: the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Recipe Highlights from the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen brings those thrilling recipes and chef videos to the iPad.
17. A Flashlight out of your phone
A real flashlight for iPhone 4 takes advantage of the new built-in LED flash for the brightest light!
The brightest light you will find, with you at all times!
Now with adjustable strobe light and controls!
18. All Trail GPS Tracking
AllTrails is THE app for finding trails nearest you.
Going on a trip to a national park? Looking for a place near home to hike or run? Looking for something new to do on the weekends?
Even in a big city you might be surprised by how much nature surrounds you.
Browse through over 40,000 high-quality trail guides for outdoor activities including everything from hiking and mountain biking to fly fishing and snowshoeing.
Know a good trail that’s not in our database? Go out, track your hike or ride with our all new GPS tracker, and add the trail for others to view and follow themselves.
19. The World Factbook
The World Factbook is the reliable and extremely popular source of information on all the nations of the world.
It provides up-to-date, valuable data for more than 250 countries and territories in a concise, well-organized format whenever and wherever you want. The World Factbook also provides interesting chapters for our changing planet, oceans and parts of the world whose status has not yet been resolved (e.g., West Bank, Spratly Islands).
Topics addressed include natural resources, industries, GDP, religion, ethnic groups, legal system and much more. Key data are grouped under the headings of introduction/background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues.
The World Factbook is a must-have application for those who possess a curiosity or concern about the rapidly changing world in which we live.
20. Translator with Speech
Use this cool talking translator to instantly translate any text into any of 32 languages! It also pronounces the translation for you.
Unlike other translation apps, this one does not solely depend on one web translator. It produces superior spoken translations!
So, there you have it. Twenty must have, useful applications for your next travel.