The Best Apps in Travel
Yes, Instagram doesn’t seem like a travel app at first glance, but Instagram allows a quick, easy way to share your vacation photos as they happen.
Quick Tip: Create a hashtag for your vacation photos, for example, #jonesfamilyvacation, so that your friends and family can easily search for the new photos of your fantastic vacation.
Yelp and TripAdvisor
Yelp and TripAdvisor both serve the same general purpose: for users to leave reviews for businesses they visit. From hotels, to restaurants, to parks and museums, these apps have user reviews and star averages for everything you might have planned on your trip. You can make an account of your own, leave your own reviews, and rank other reviews by their usefulness.
Quick Tip: Search algorithms may bring up more well-known chain restaurants or hotels first. If you're looking for something more "locally grown," change your filter to sort by ratings.¹
In the same vein, Localeur solicits locals of cities around the country and curates their recommendations to deliver an authentic travel guide, made by locals. You’re much more likely, using Localeur, to get recommendations from off the beaten path than from travel books and other websites, for that reason.
Quick Tip: Looking out for where to sample the local seafood? Just type “seafood” in Localeur’s search, and you’ll find a list of curated seafood guides from all sorts of locals.
Plan your trip, from start to finish, with Roadtrippers. Map out your trip, select hotels, restaurants, and landmarks, and even book your rooms right from the app. It’s a super convenient way to make sure you’ve got your itinerary planned.
Quick Tip: Planning your itinerary is an important step to having a successful tip, make sure you put in the time before vacation, so you don’t have to worry about it during. In fact, research has shown, the mere act of planning a vacation can make you happier than the vacation itself!2
Sharing your photos on Instagram not enough? Have we got the app for you. With Postagram, you take a photo with your phone, type in a short greeting, and then hit send. Postagram will print out the photo and short greeting as a postcard and send it through snail mail to whomever you want, all for only $.99 per card.
Quick Tip: Pick a recipient or two before you go on your trip, so that when it comes time to send the postcards, you have the addresses handy.
- NYTimes.com, September 1, 2016
- HuffingtonPost.com, June 6, 2016