When it comes to planning trips, frequent travelers are relying more than ever on their smartphones, not only as a source of inspiration but for booking them as well. So jump on board and use these five apps — which are available for both Apple and Android devices unless otherwise noted — to help organize and plan your next big adventure.
For many, Kayak has been the go-to trip planning destination for quite a while — and for good reason. In fact, I personally use KAYAK only, as it supports car rentals auto import and exact layout of trips while on road with weather forecasts too. Absolutely amazing, if you are dependent on tech completely.
Kayak is available for Download for Android and iOS.
TripIt organizes all your travel itineraries and documents so you have everything in one place before you even get to your destination. Just have your reservations automatically sent to TripIt, which will let you view travel confirmations, flight itineraries, tickets, hotel and Airbnb booking info, rental car reservations, ferry tickets and driving directions in one easy place. The app also makes it simple to share your trip plans with whoever is picking you up from the airport or train station, as well as anyone else who may need to coordinate with you or know what your travel plans are. Business travelers will love the the Pro version, which costs $49 per year and tracks your frequent flyer miles and plane seats — it can even help you get a refund if your trip plans suddenly go awry. There’s also a free version available.
TripIt is available for Download for Android and iOS.
Google Trips is out to give TripIt a run for its money. While the new, free app may still have a few kinks to iron out, it’s got the potential to store and organize all your travel info in the same way, but also helps you by offering customized tours, guides and maps once you arrive, while showing you certain restaurants and/or monuments that are close to your hotel. Google Trips gathers all the travel information from your Gmail account, easily storing it offline so you’ll have access to it with or without Wi-Fi. Looking to travel lighter and save time? Consider using the app’s destination-based features as an alternative to lugging around a heavy guidebook or digging through a ton of emails to find your reservations.
Google Trips is available for Download for Android and iOS.
TripCase gives travelers a single place to manage and organize their trips. Connected to powerful technology and travel companies, TripCase is an itinerary management app that delivers the right information at the right time. Just forward your confirmations email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will do the rest for you.
You can also keep others updated on your trip – all you need is their email address. When you share your entire itinerary or arrival updates with someone, TripCase will automatically keep them updated on your trip, so you don’t have to.
TripCase is available for Download for Android and iOS.
TripAdvisor is heaven! There is no comparison to it, when it comes to travel, details, reviews, comparisons, itinerary, etc. Trip Advisor Trip Planning tool lets you save items with pictures, details, maps everything right in its app. You can simply use them offline as well, once you let the app download the content for the location, which you mark as your part of travel.