There are many apps out there to help you organize your trip, get the best travel deals, and navigate your way through a foreign city.

Whether you’re ready for the next metropolitan or exotic getaway, let’s look at some of the best free iPhone apps you’ll need for your upcoming trip.

1. TripIt

TripIt is your handy travel organizer. By forwarding your booking confirmation email to the TripIt email address, the app compiles the details into a master itinerary. Alternatively, you can opt to sync your email with TripIt and allow the app to access your calendar directly. Either way, you’ll get a convenient overview of your daily travel plans to stay on track.

You can also upload your travel documents and contacts to TripIt, so you can easily get all the information you need in one place.

2. Kayaki

Kayak helps you find great deals on flights, hotels and car rentals. Once you’ve specified your destination and date range, Kayak provides you with a list of recommendations for comparing prices, times, and service providers. For a frequent traveler like yourself, you already know that grabbing the best package saves you money that could be spent elsewhere on the trip!

To never miss out on a potential deal, turn on price alerts to be notified when prices drop. You can also see the cheapest dates to travel to the country of your choice.

3. Airbnb

If you prefer a more authentic travel experience, Airbnb is the way to go. Discover unique places to stay by checking out the app’s flexible feature. From domes, tiny houses, houseboats to even treehouses, skip the modern hotels and immerse yourself in something local or traditional.

It is suitable for those who like to engage in spontaneity or like to choose a random travel destination. Although more attractive-looking stays are more expensive, you can easily find a place that fits your budget by using various search filters.

4. Hostelworld

Many cities have good hostels with comfy bunks and bars. They’re a great option for backpackers and solo travelers, so hostels are another option for Airbnb rentals. An easy way to find hostels is to use the Hostelworld app.

Plus, if the thought of conversing in a foreign language gives you sweat pills, Hostelworld has you covered with the HostelSpeak feature. Turn on Siri and start recording your voice in the app. Hostel Speak then translates your sentence into the selected language.

But maybe next time, you can try to find a travel buddy so you can help each other along the way!


If you’re traveling for business or prefer traditional hotel rooms like room service and mini bottles of shampoo, you can use to make your reservation. Key in the location you want, see the rating of each search result, and add filters like breakfast included to get the type of room you want.

You can also book tickets to local attractions, such as museums and tours, through the app.

6. Google Maps

With Google Maps, you can find your way anywhere. The app provides you the usual method of entering your current location and destination. Then, you follow the voice navigation or 2D map on your screen.

But if you’re walking instead of using transportation, Live View is a great feature to explore. Arrows and directions are placed on your screen, showing a real view of the road. This is especially useful if you’re making your way through twists and turns within blocks of buildings and shops.

7. Waze

Waze is another navigation app, but it’s geared towards drivers. Both Google Maps and Waze can certainly get you where you want safely and accurately, but Waze has a few different features that are worth a look. For example, based on traffic statistics, Plan A Drive helps predict when you should leave to arrive at your destination on time.

Plus, Waze has a fun, quirky interface that makes traveling that much more exciting. In March 2022, Waze released a limited time drive featuring Christina Aguilera. For fans, may Christina’s voice be with you and let the songs guide you along the journey!

8. Uber

Uber is one of the most popular ride-sharing apps in the world. In some places, public transport like buses and trams are not easily available. It is not convenient to call or hire a taxi, and you have to be prepared to wait a while. Taxis tend to be more expensive than ride-sharing services, anyway.

So, if you want to avoid public transportation and all the headaches that go with it, you’ll need to have Uber on your iPhone. Choose your destination, confirm your pickup, and your driver will be on their way.

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