11 MORE Of The Best Free Travel Apps That Will Make Traveling A Breeze!

11 MORE Of The Best Free Travel Apps That Will Make Traveling A Breeze!

Since my previous article on 12 of the best free travel apps that will make traveling a breeze went viral, I discovered that there was a real interest in finding applications that would be useful to people who were travelers at heart.  After doing a bit of research and checking the functionality, I can say that I have been fortunate enough to find 11 more apps that are equally delightful.

1) Apple’s Find My iPhone app is probably the must have for iPhone users.   If you can’t find your phone how can you use these apps, silly?  ;-D














2) Crackle – funny name, good stuff. I have a Roku and Crackle is one of my favorite channels. Imagine my giddiness when I found out they have an app for it too? This ‘channel’ offers some really good movies from back in the day. I am noticing a trend where they are offering more current movies these days. The good news is that the movies are pretty stellar, not just B movie only fare, but something that everyone in your family will enjoy. This is a must have for anyone who has the capability of downloading apps.














3) TravelZoo – This mammoth travel deal aggregator is a fantastic resource for those who are seeking great package, airfare or hotel deals.  I have used them extensively to purchase activities like Vegas shows for a mere pittance.  A new feature on the site is local deals which in a lot of ways is a Groupon competitor.  You can secure great deals around your city like a $70.00 dinner jazz cruise in New Orleans for $29.00!














4) Imagine this. You’re in a strange city, totally discombobulated and mother nature is not only calling, she’s screeching like Mick Jagger! It’s not clearly obvious where you can go to answer her call, so what do you do? You pull out your handy dandy Sit or Squat app and you’ll suddenly realize that everything will soon be alright.














5) Back in the early 90s, there is an old phrase that used to describe that new fangled invention that would require my spending a couple hard earned thousand dollars for the pleasure of using it. The Information Super Highway….we never knew how right they were! Today we are inundated with DATA, it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything that you need to keep up with. This is especially true when traveling. I was first introduced to TripIt! because it was an app in LinkedIn that I discovered and found to be user-friendly. It allowed me to create itineraries for each city I traveled to. I can add my entire flight itinerary, hotel and car rental info with confirmation numbers, dinner reservations and whatever activities I had scheduled can easily be added too. The best part is that any changes that are made to the itinerary are automagically changed by the TripIt software. It will automatically add a map of the city that you are visiting along with directions on how to get to your hotel from the airport.














6) Alrighty, this is an obvious rip off one of my favorite news outlets, but Taptu is another version of Pulse that allows you to follow curated streams from Tech, News, Entertainment and Lifestyle sites. But there is enough of a difference between the two to make things interesting. Now, I really can’t swear who thought of this wonderful way of accessing current events on demand first, (I suspect, Pulse) but I love it. It allows you to subscribe to your favorite media which will guarantee your confirmed status of being the life of every party.














7) If you really want to get to the station on time, download the DB Navigator! It lists the timetables for over 200,000 trains throughout Europe. If you plan to take the train once or several times throughout your journey, this is a nice tool to have handy as you plan, monitor or modify your travel route.














8 ) The one thing that irks me when I am in a restaurant is to see a delicious looking dish on the menu and once it’s served, it looks like last week’s gruel. False Advertising! Foodspotting is a restaurant marketing department’s worst nightmare because you get to see how the food really looks before you step inside their front door thanks to fellow foodies uploading the evidence. On the other hand, you can recommend restaurants who can deliver a well-executed spread for those who are looking for delectable treats. Bon Appetit!














9) Picture this….you are out with friends, they ditch you….you need a cab and fast! TaxiMagic will ask for your location and a list of taxis at the intersection closest to you will be displayed. Select the company that you want to pick you up by tapping on the “book” button. Immediately, the driver’s name, taxi number & distance from you will appear on the screen. You will even be able to monitor the cab driver’s location via a map! Once the driver arrives, s/he will confirm your identity and your destination. Once you arrive, you can either pay via the app using your pre-set up TaxiMagic account or via credit card or cash.














10) We’ve all been there, you’re in the middle of a great article online and some annoyance (like actual work) gets in the way. ReadItLater is here to save the day. You can save any article to read later whether you are on or offline.














11) Hikers, Backpackers, Outdoor Enthusiasts Unite! AllTrails is a great app that uses GPS Technology to help you find the closest hiking/biking/running trail, campsite, fishing hole or Park using your present location.














New apps are created every day and surely there are other worthy applications that will help us as we travel to our destination. Feel free to add your favorites!



Renee King
  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 13:21h, 28 August Reply

    Sit or squat, what a great app!

  • Annette
    Posted at 14:11h, 28 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing this list. I can’t believe I do not have any of these…yet! Going to go and get me some apps right now.

  • Christy
    Posted at 13:14h, 31 August Reply

    These all look really great – definitely going to download Foodspotting and Read It Later. Okay, I’ll probably download them all! =P

  • inka
    Posted at 13:29h, 31 August Reply

    I’m far too backwards for all this sophisticated stuff, but I must say that I love the loo thingy.

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 13:48h, 31 August Reply

    A great list of apps, Renee! (I actually have sit or squat on my iPhone already. LOL) I’ll have to download the rest of them now.

  • jenjenk
    Posted at 15:23h, 31 August Reply

    I keep forgetting to download find your iphone! thanks for the reminder – i feel MUCH more secure now! 🙂

  • Fida
    Posted at 16:19h, 31 August Reply

    Holy… most apps I didn’t know exist. That is some list for the digital traveller. I am sooo behind in all this… gotta check some of them out, so thanks for listing them!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 17:30h, 31 August Reply

    Another great list, I love the Sit or Squat – will have to download it, along with the DB one. I don’t take the train very often, but that would be very handy when I do.

  • Sailor
    Posted at 19:45h, 31 August Reply

    Wow There are so many that I have never heard of!

  • John in France
    Posted at 22:26h, 31 August Reply

    Actually I liked your Taxi Magic app. I wonder what cities it works in – I must check it out!

  • Todd
    Posted at 05:15h, 01 September Reply

    Great round up Renee. It has been a while since I have stopped by here and I love the new site design! Congratulations. My favorite travel app is actually good old google earth. When I get lost in the woods hiking the satellite images and GPS has been a life saver.

  • Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    Posted at 09:20h, 01 September Reply

    I always say I wish the restaurants put photos of the food on the menu like they do in a lot of Mexican restaurants. Foodspotting has met my restaurant needs!

    • Renee
      Posted at 16:07h, 01 September Reply

      Amen! I don’t like surprises when it comes to that.

  • InsideJourneys
    Posted at 11:19h, 01 September Reply

    Welcome back, Renee!
    Always with great information. I could use the train app. Sit or Squat had me giggling — I could use it and TaxiMagic right here in NYC. I hope someone makes something for folks who might end up where there’s no cell service.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:16h, 01 September Reply

      Thank you, sweetie! Yeah, I thought that I could really use a few of these apps everyday…..very useful! There are a few apps that you can use offline, but you are right….we need more of them!

  • Sherryl Perry
    Posted at 12:25h, 02 September Reply

    Great list of apps Renee. These could really come in handy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sophie
    Posted at 05:33h, 04 September Reply

    Geez! I don’t even have an iPhone. Yet! Food spotting – now, that looks interesting!

    • Renee
      Posted at 16:41h, 04 September Reply

      HA! Sounds like you are planning to rectify that situation, huh Sophie? lol

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 15:24h, 05 September Reply

    OK – I really need to get an iPhone! Some very clever & helpful apps. Only problem is that I thought that an iPhone on the Verizon network won’t work in Europe — maybe I’m wrong??

  • ElleX
    Posted at 17:44h, 05 September Reply

    Another great list of apps! Thanks, Renee.

  • David Burlison
    Posted at 18:54h, 05 September Reply

    Thanks..Well done site-very interesting/informative..

  • Alfee
    Posted at 23:01h, 11 September Reply

    Sit or Squat, that’s a good one! Timely for me to come across your list as I’m due for a short trip next month.

  • Elias
    Posted at 08:22h, 14 September Reply

    I love these travel apps more than anything I’ve been able to do with my iPad other than one thing, which was left out of your list…the TV Everywhere app by DISH Network. As a customer and employee I’m able to access live and recorded programming off my home receiver from anywhere in the world that has a 3G connection…this is ideal for waiting between flights, in-flight entertainment when the airline movie turns out to be a horrible one (inevitably, it is), or trying to shake the jetlag that first long night in the hotel. Love the site, too!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 04:18h, 27 October Reply

    I was reading this with my iPhone and downloaded several of your suggestions. I’m really excited about the Travelzoo one. Great list!
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  • Diana Stroe
    Posted at 06:46h, 17 November Reply

    Now that more and more people find themselves interested in traveling. They are in need of the right travel applications to meet their traveling needs. You’ve actually provided a great list above. And what I like most is the sit or squat application. As we all know, public toilets need maintenance because there are so many users of it. With this application, you’ll have a chance to get the best place where you can do your own thing. No need of holding your breathe while you’re inside the comfort room!
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  • Lee
    Posted at 13:38h, 15 February Reply

    Number 4 the app that helps you find somewhere to spend a penny or the other where ever you are could be literally a god send when you are in need

    Great app thanks for info lee

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