Recently, I traveled to Europe for business. Like with most travel — whether for work or pleasure — I found myself dealing with irksome details like flight changes, language barriers, and packing. So I leveraged a few mobile apps to help me organize the travel minutiae. Below are the five apps I found to be indispensable for my trip. Have you used Tripit, LocalEats, Packing Pro, Concur, and/or TripLingo? Which other apps do you recommend for smoother travel?
1. TripIt for iPhone and Android (FREE), or TripIt Pro ($3.99)
This travel app is a one-stop shop for all your transit needs. Get real-time flight status updates, live weather reports, route maps, and manage hotel and car rental information all from the touch of your fingertips! Upgrading to TripIt Pro gives you the additional ability to track all of your frequent flyer reward programs.
2. LocalEats for iPhone and iPad ($0.99)
If food is a big part of your travel experience, this is the app to use. LocalEats finds spots that locals enjoy, whether it’s a dive bar or an upscale, one-of-a-kind restaurant. The best part is the absence of standard restaurant chains. Another bonus is the ability to make reservations and book a taxi directly from the app. LocalEats offers restaurant listing in over 50 U.S. cities, as well as an additional 50 international cities.
3. Packing for iPhone and iPad ($0.99), or Packing Pro ($2.99)
Packing is a pain, especially when you realize you’ve forgotten to pack something critical. Well, fret no more! Packing and Packing Pro apps take all the guesswork out of what to bring. Packing Pro offers sample lists that help you get a basic idea of what you need to pack before a trip, depending on where and the duration. The app also also offers an “Expert List” that lets you select the number of male/female travelers, adults & children, destination, temperature, and other criteria before automatically generating a list of suggested items to pack.
4. Concur for iPhone and Android (FREE)
Concur allows you to manage your business expenses on-the-go — because keeping track of physical receipts is a pain. Conur lets you take a picture of your receipt for storage on the app! There is even a built-in currency converter for international currencies!
5. TripLingo for iOS and Android ($4.99 – $9.99 depending on language purchased)
Those of us who have traveled internationally well understand the frustration of not being able to speak the local language for the simplest interactions, like telling the cab driver your destination. Enter TripLingo, an app that provides over 1,000 key phrases, a built-in dictionary, flashcards and an intuitive design — all of which makes it easy to immerse into the local culture. The best part: NO internet connectivity required!
Originally published Oct 19, 2012, updated Oct 21, 2020