The 12 Best Travel Apps for 2021


These days, there is an app for everything. There's certainly no shortage of travel apps, which is primarily a good thing, but it can be daunting trying to find the right ones with so many to choose from. That's why we did the research for you and found the best travel apps to help you save time, money, and most importantly, stress. These are the 12 best travel apps for 2021 you'll want to download before your next trip.


1. PackPoint

Ever ask yourself, "what am I forgetting?" when you are on your way to the airport? We have all forgotten to pack something for a trip. Big or small, important or nice to have, it's never a good feeling realizing you've left something behind. PackPoint makes a packing checklist for you. It looks at the weather forecast, asks you what activities you will be doing, and creates a personalized packing list for you, which you can share with others.

2. MyTSA

The official app of the Transportation Security Administration is a handy app to have as you prepare for your trip. Ease the stress of surprise with estimated security wait times, browse what carry-on items are allowed, and tips for navigating through TSA efficiently. If you are a frequent traveler, you also get info about the TSA PreCheck program for a smoother screening process.

3. AccuWeather

AccuWeather gives you exact precipitation percentages and shows the expected rain/snowfall amount. The user experience is straightforward and fluent. Aside from the general weather information, AccuWeather offers air quality, allergy outlook, and indoor humidity—all helpful information when adjusting to new climates while traveling.

4. Hopper

Looking to purchase a flight, but not sure when is the best time to buy? Hopper is the perfect app for you. This travel app allows you to watch flight prices and tells you when the best time to buy is. It will also give a date when prices are expected to rise and allow you to freeze the price if you need more time to plan.

5. GasBuddy

Traveling expenses can add up quickly, especially when you need to rent a car. If you're looking to travel on a budget, this is a very underrated travel app to take advantage of. GasBuddy's simple design shows a map of your location and all the gas stations nearby. This crowdsourced app helps you save a few bucks by choosing the cheapest gas near you—great for when you are in a new area. A great addition to the app—you can now enter your destination, and GasBuddy will show you all the stations with prices along the way. This is one app on this list that can be used for everyday life; use it to save money and add to your next vacation budget!

6. Kayak

Kayak is an all-in-one travel app that compares the costs of rental cars, hotels, and flights across various travel sites. This centralized tool now offers a 'things to do' feature that allows users to explore top attractions wherever they are going. Manage your itinerary and travel information on their convenient mobile app.

7. Airbnb

Airbnb has a wide variety of unique accommodations across the world. From renting houses to couches—Airbnb has stays and experiences for everyone. You can also book last-minute hotel rooms, making this a complete travel app for all traveling accommodations.

8. Tripit

Instantly organize travel plans with Tripit. Simply forward your flight, hotel, restaurant, and car rental confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com, and it will automatically create a master itinerary for your trip. You can upgrade to the pro version to help you find alternate flights, security wait times, find a better seat on your flight, etc.

9. Skyscanner

Skyscanner searches through 1,200 sites to find the cheapest airline tickets. This travel app also compares hotels and car rentals, making it easier to plan your trip in one place. Skyscanner promises never to use your data to increase prices or artificially create demand, so feel free to browse away and not worry about searching for flights on a private browser.

10. Trail Wallet

As you know, travel expenses can add up quickly. You may think you have a good idea of what the trip will cost, but some expenses sneak into the trip and put a damper on your budget. Trail Wallet is a great way to track your travel expenses by logging how much money you spend each day during your trip. You can set a daily budget or organize by trip; simply add your expenses as you go and stay within your travel budget.

11. Google Translate

If you are traveling to a foreign country, Google Translate will be a lifesaver. It converts words, phrases, and short sentences from one language to another. You can now translate text and signage with the camera on your phone. It’s available through the Apple Store and Google Play.

12. PreFlight

Using rideshare to get to and from the airport can be stressful and expensive—especially if you are traveling during peak times. It's one of those expenses you may forget to add to your travel budget. PreFlight provides 24/7 offsite airport parking with a free shuttle service. Choose from open-air or covered parking for your long or short-term stay. Let PreFlight ease the stress of traveling to and from the airport. Download the PreFlight Airport Parking App and browse our locations and coupons before your next trip.

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