6 useful travel apps

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

If you are an avid traveller, you have at least one travel app in your mobile phone, that being for checking out travel deals, to search flights, to check the weather, for navigation, etc. I have around 15 apps related to travel on my phone, but that it’s because sometime I have to delete some, so I can have space for pictures.

Some of these apps help me plan, others I use during my trips. Some I use more than others, while some are more useful than others. That’s why I have decided to compile a little list with 6 useful travel apps, all of them are on my mobile, 3 of them are for free, the other 3 are paid and very worth the price.

Trip Rider

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.Trip Rider is the best app for planning a trip I came across so far. If you are a planner like me, you will love this app. After creating a trip, you will be able to add your travel companions, make a packing list, store copies of important documents like passport and credit card, make a list of things to do and see, set up a budget, take notes, save pictures and maps, create your trip schedule, save the address of your accommodation, and much more.

The app is some kind of a travel companion, not only useful for planning, but also for during the trip, when you can keep track of your expenses, know what’s your day plan, write on a diary, create a photo album of your trip, and share it on social media and your friends.

I have used it for my trip to Tuscany, as well as for my trip to Paris. I loved the feature of keeping track of my expenses, and all the possible lists you can create with it, so you can tick later!

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

What’s cool about it:

  • You can do lists and more lists;
  • You won’t need paper with lots of addresses and to do’s, since it allows you to save it all on the app;
  • It makes a countdown to your trip;
  • It works offline with almost all features;
  • Has the option Peer-to-Peer and Dropbox, which allows you to transfer and store your data.

Price: 4,99€

The price is totally worth it for those who like me, love to plan and make lists. It is like having your trip in your pocket!


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6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

Another very useful app for traveling! Currency simply helps you to make money conversion. It has basically all currencies of the world! I know there are many others of this kind out there, but I use this one for a long long time now, and I’m already used to it.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

What’s cool about it:

You can convert it even without Internet access, since it uses the information based on the last update when you last had connection.

Price: Free

Hotel Tonight

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

This one is pretty cool and handy! It isn’t just any hotel search app, with Hotel Tonight you can find great last minute deals for tonight or for up to 7 days! All hotels are top rated from basic to luxury, and classified in different categories: Luxe, Hip, Basic, Solid and Charming.

You create an account and save your payment methods. When you make the booking, all information about the hotel like the address will be saved to the app. You also have the option to invite friends to join in Hotel Tonight, and every time they make a reservation and stay at one of the hotels, you receive credits, which you can use for booking your own hotel!

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

What’s cool about it:

  • It gives you great options all over the world for last minute hotels. So, imagine you missed your flight and need a last minute hotel for a great price, you know where to find it!
  • It tells you how far is the hotel from where you are, and the local weather;
  • You can connect it with Apple Watch;
  • They offer costumer service 24/7;
  • You can choose the currency;
  • You can win credits.

Price: Free

**Download the app for free, and use the code AMILLIANE to win 20€ discount on your Hotel Tonight account and use it in your next booking!


6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

Navigon is a navigation app, and it is my favourite ever. I use it for over 4 years now and I can’t live or travel without it. It is paid, pricey, but worth every single penny. It covers basically the entire world, they have an app for America, only for the US or only Canada, for Brazil, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, for Asia and for the entire Europe – which is the one I have.

You can save your home address, your favourite routes, as well as the place where you are, which you’re not sure about the address. On the settings you can choose miles/km, a man or woman’s voice, or even mute. It is possible to choose the navigation mode for car, public transportation or pedestrian, and you can look for addresses nearby under different categories like: public transportation, grocery stores, hospitals, parking and much more.

This app has helped me a lot on road trips, and in all my trips around Europe, not to mention that I also use it in Munich to find addresses I don’t know and places I am not sure about the location. I know some of you might have your favourite NAVI, or some might even hate them, but I got so used to this one that I can’t simply live or travel without it. It is too useful not to recommend!

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

What’s cool about it:

  • Of course, it works offline because it uses satellite data;
  • It gives alerts on traffic, roads under construction, speed radars and speed limits;
  • It shows the street if you like, with its “reality scanner”;
  • In case you are in an area where the satellite can’t work, like underground, you still get to see a simulation of your route;
  • Offers many extras in case you want to add more features like Wikipedia or buy more maps, etc.

Price: 54,99€ (Europe) /  64,99€ (Australia) /  49,99€ (Brazil) /  59,99€ (America)

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6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

This app was my biggest discovery of the year! If you make a map on Google on your desktop computer, but would like to have it offline on your mobile phone or tablet wherever you are, this is the app you will need. Since the Google app does not allow you to see your created map under My Places, this app will do the work for you wonderfully!

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

What’s cool about it:

  • You will be able to have the map you created with all the addresses and sightseeing of a place, which you would like to visit, in your hand. Forget about spending hours trying to find that place you want to see, this will solve your problem and make your trip more successful;
  • It works offline once you download the map you created.

Price: 4,99€ TOTALLY worth it!


6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

This one is popular and probably the vast majority of you – maybe even all of you – have used it, currently use it or heard about it before. Even though I use other apps/websites to check for flights, Skyscanner is still my favourite. It is the first place where I go to check flight ticket’s price, just to have an idea of how much it will cost.

However, I believe they still need to improve a few things, like adding more low cost airlines to the list (for example, they never show prices for EasyJet), as well as giving the option of selecting multiple destinations.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

6 useful travel apps, by Packing my Suitcase.

What’s cool about it:

  • You can save a flight route you are planning to buy and watch the price change closely until you buy it;
  • It shows how much has the price gone up/down.

Price: Free


Which travel apps you find more useful for your travels?

*A special thank you to the Trip Rider team for offering 3 apps to be given away here on the blog.


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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • OMG I need to get all of these – I am the opposite of travel tech savvy, so maybe those would help?

    Btw, this is the one I wanted you to read: https://gohomeandaway.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/and-just-like-that-its-winter-again/

    • hahahaha yes!!
      Ohhh awesome I will take a look! I need to catch up with your blog soon 😀

  • Gin

    Trip rider sounds like a fabulous app’, that’s really something I could use. And since you’ve used it and told us it’s working, it sounds even better 🙂

    • It’s very useful!!
      You can make notes for each day of your trip, adding the places you wanna go and how much it costs! I loved this part 😀

  • In some aspects I still am old school… I love writing lists on papers, but lately I have been trying to save some paper 😀
    I also love metro maps in paper, somehow is easier to see things!
    And you are right, with kids is hard to let everything for last minute. Planning is very helpful!! 😀
    Happy that you liked the tips!

  • Hi Erin 😀
    Happy to have added some apps to your list! I hope some of these will be helpful to you!

  • You are right!! This is something very interesting, maybe it’s time for someone to create an app only with low cost airlines! That would be cool. Or at least to start adding them to the existent apps!
    I also love the first app, it’s pretty cool!

  • Thank you!! Happy that you liked them 😀
    I haven’t seen Triposo yet, I will definitely take a look at it 😀 thanks for the tip!

  • Thank you!! Happy that you liked them!! 😀
    I hope some will be useful to you!!

  • You’re welcome Becky! Happy that you liked the post 😀 I hope some of these will be useful to you!

  • Places People stories

    All of these apps seems useful! I do not have any of them. The currency one I need to download right now 🙂

  • hahaha me too!! I am very bad at sticking to the budget! In the middle of the trip all gets messy!!
    Happy that you liked the idea oft he app 😀 good luck!!

  • Happy that you liked them 😀
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Happy to know that 😀

  • hahaha it’s very useful isn’t it?
    I think I use it almost everyday ahahha

  • Europe Diaries

    Nice..I use Tripit and like it..tried Trip Rider too..but it was only available for Apple..

    • Really? That’s nice, I need to try it too!!
      By the end of the year will have Trip Rider for Android too 😀

  • How behind the times am I? I didn’t even thing to look at travel apps to use… Trip Rider looks brilliant! I am off to investigate now! Such a useful post Allane 🙂

    • hahahaha don’t worry, sometimes I also feel behind even though I use apps.. there are so many things out there!
      Happy that you liked the post 😀

  • Hi Lyn, thank you 😀 I am happy that you found this post useful! I also agree with you that none of them will ever prevent me from using paper hahaha I love it too!!

    Thank you for the comment 😀

  • Ohh really?? That’s awesome!!!
    I have to try this one too… sounds like exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for the tip 😀

  • hahahaha glad you liked them 😀

  • 😀 I hope you try them and see if you like any, might be very helpful!

  • That’s awesome, I never heard of Triplt, I definitely need to try it!!
    I have heard of SnapShot, but never tried it before, sounds awesome. Does it really work well?
    Thank you so much for the tips!!

  • Thank you dear! You are right, there are so many apps these day that we always need to keep updated hahaha
    I will take a look at your list for more suggestions 😀
    Thank you!

  • Happy to know that Sally!! I hope you enjoy some of them! And you are right, a currency converter is a must!! Can’t travel without one!! It certainly helped me a lot! 😀

  • Awnnn thank you so much dear! I am so glad you found it helpful <3

  • Thank you so much Mahmoud! Happy to know that 😀
    Welcome to my blog, I hope you come back again for more tips 😀

  • You’re welcome 🙂 Happy that you liked them!

  • They told me that they will have Android by the end of the year 😀
    hahhaha me too! I am always checking Skyscanner!!

  • Hi Trish, happy to have you on Monda Escapes for the first time 😀 I hope you like it! It’s fun to meet other bloggers!!

    And don’t worry, even with all the technology I also don’t leave my paper and pen behind 😀

  • Thank you for sharing your apps Christine 😀
    I used to have tripadvisor too! And I also have the app for Munich’s public transportation 😀

  • hahaha same here, I am also very bad at keeping track of my expenses! Trip Rider definitely helps!! 😀

  • Hi Laura!! I need to try Triplt, you are the second person who recommends it to me! I will certainly give it a shot 😀

  • Thank you dear 😀
    My Pins was my found of the year… I love it!! It was very useful on my last trip!
    Skyscanner is addicting, I just want to browse flights to anywhere in the world all the time hahaha 😀

  • Thank you dear, happy that you liked it 😀

  • You’re welcome Merlinda!!
    I’m happy to know you enjoyed the post. And good luck with the app 😀

  • Hi Tracey! I am also the same, even though I have lots of apps, I still love taking notes on a piece of paper 😀
    Trip Rider is very cool, I hope you like it!

  • Yesss, exactly, My Pins is awesome for being offline! It was sooo useful on my last trip 😀

  • Happy to know that Samantha 😀
    My Pins is awesome!! I am so happy I discovered it!!

  • hahaha really?? I have never heard of this one before, I have to check it!! Sounds very interesting 😀
    I also found the postcard idea very cool!
    Oh my, I think I will need more memory space for my phone hahaha

  • I hope you try some of them 😀

  • Glad to know it will be useful to your trip 😀
    You’re welcome, thank you for being part of Monday Escapes once again 😀

  • hahaahahah same here 😀

  • Hi Megan!! That’s great, I hope some of them will be useful to you 😀

  • Glad you found it useful dear 😀
    Thank you!

  • hahaha 😀
    Some of them can make a big difference in your trip! 😀

  • Hi Ruth!! Happy that you found the post useful 😀
    TripRider is awesome for planning and organization!
    I am also like you, sometimes I book the hotel last minute when it’s a road trip 😀

  • The_Paris_Itinerary

    This is great. I’m always looking for travel apps and especially love ones that work off line. #MondayEscapes

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Oh I need to check out these apps, never knew they existed, thanks for the tip! #MondayEscapes

    • hahah yaay awesome! I’m happy you liked the recommendations! I hope they will be useful on your next trips 😀

  • The_Paris_Itinerary

    I don’t know where my original comment went! #technologyproblems
    Anyhoo. ..I’m always on the search for new travel apps especially ones that can work offline. Thanks for the list. #mondayescapes

    • hahaha no worries, it worked, I read and replied to your first comment 😀

  • hahahaha ohh nooo!!
    I still have a metro map of Paris since 2008 and have been using it since then hahaha so funny. This time I got a new one just in case it falls apart too 😀
    Happy that you liked my recommendations!

  • Thank you Kat!! Happy that you liked the recommendations 😀 and also hope they will help you next time 😀

  • haha some of them can be veeery helpful.

  • hahaha, yes there are so many! And people keep recommending me more! It’s hard to decide which one are the best 😀

  • You’re welcome Laia 😀
    I hope some of these will be helpful to you!

  • So happy to know that 😀 I hope you will like them!