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6 FREE Must-Try Travel Apps

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6 FREE Must-Try Travel Apps

Growing up in an age where mobile phones were an extreme luxury, cost $9.95 a minute to use, and were fancy if had caller ID, traveling was different. In a pre-smartphone era, we had to use maps, experience, and gumption to navigate. Now, thanks to a world where there is app for anything and everything, the market is saturated, but these 6 free must-try travel apps are worth the chance.

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Travel Apps

Hopper – This app takes the guess work out of timing your airfare purchase. If you’re planning a trip and need to find the best time to book, input your travel dates and info into Hopper. It will then tell you exactly when to book. Using data from many facets, the app calculates a time frame to snag the cheapest rates.

Lyft – If you aren’t cab-savvy, this app will help you locate the nearest driver who passes a background-check. You can then tap your chosen driver and hail them to your location.

Accommodations Apps

HotelTonight – While we here at Tourist Meets Traveler are proponents of calling hotels directly to score cheap rates, this app is your next best bet. It’s the best friend to travelers who prefer not to plan every detail in advance and just go where the road takes them. Using last minute requests, users will be offered discounted rates to fill rooms at the last minute.

KOA – Kampgrounds of America feature cabins and Airstream trailers that will fit a family. This on-the-go app will let you search and book when you’re ready to call it a night.

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Connection Apps

Ship Mate Cruise App – This app allows passengers looking to connect with fellow cruisers to find each other and share images of their trip via social media. Disney, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, and Norwegian lines are all plugged in the app.

Glympse – Letting your older kids roam free can seem daunting, but if you decide to let your teen on the loose, you can use Glympse to track each other. It makes reconnecting and keeping your eye on your roaming family easier.

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22 Comments

  1. lisa says

    These all sound like apps I could use! I didn’t know half of these existed! Definitely good to know for vacations.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I just found out about Lyft last weekend. I can’t wait to try it the next time I am in NYC.

  3. Maria @amotherworld says

    I’ve used well-known travel apps like Trip Advisor and airline apps, but thanks for sharing these travel apps, I hadn’t heard about them!

  4. Terry says

    I just told my Hubs about Hopper. He is planning on booking a flight to Las Vegas soon. Thanks for all the travel apps.

  5. Sandy KS says

    Those apps sound wonderful for those who travel alot. I rarely travel unless it is in the state I live in. One day before I die I want to travel the whole USA.

  6. Christy Maurer says

    These sound like really helpful travel apps. You can’t go wrong with free that’s for sure!

  7. Gabriel says

    So many powerful tools to help take the sting out of traveling. It’s great that technology is helping to empower consumers.

  8. Jesica H says

    I wish I traveled and had time to travel enough to need these apps! They sound like they are very useful! Plus, they are free!

  9. Alli says

    I remember the days with no mobile phones. We thought pagers were the stuff. OK, I’m telling my age. 🙂 I always like finding new apps and these travel apps all sound great.

  10. Liz Mays says

    That Hopper app could be useful since I take so many trips. I’ll have to look into that for sure!

  11. Maria says

    My best friend is traveling to New York this weekend. I am forwarding her this article asap! Thanks.

  12. Uplifting Families says

    I haven’t heard of most of these apps. I do use Wade and gas buddy when im looking for cheap gas.

  13. Jeanine says

    Great to know! I don’t have any of these apps. I don’t travel often, but these will be great for when we do! So awesome

  14. Erin says

    Hopper is awesome! I wish I would have known about that app a while ago! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Lynndee says

    Hmmm, I think Glympse is awesome most especially for a worry-wart mommy like me. LOL. I’m going to check those apps out!

  16. Ourfamilyworld says

    These sound like great apps and the best thing is they are free. I will check these out.

  17. Chubskulit Rose says

    We are about to go on our summer vacation this month so I will be checking these apps. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Nile says

    Very cool travel apps. I’ve actually never tried any. Usually I end up using a map while in the country while traveling. The tracker might be nice for myself and my son. 🙂

  19. Fariha N. says

    I didn’t know that KOA had an app. That’s one I will be downloading for sure!

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