Your smartphone already probably tops your packing list, so why not load it up with programs to make jet-setting as painless as possible? Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a reluctant wanderer, these seven apps should take the stress out of your next trip.
Best for: Figuring Out Where to Go and What to Do
Free, available for iOS or Android, triposo.com
You’ll save room in your suitcase by forgoing your bulky, bound guidebook and opting to use Triposo instead. This app is jam-packed with suggestions about what to see, eat and do in top destinations across the globe. Best of all, its maps work without wi-fi, so you can safely wander beyond the walls of the café.
Best for: Discovering and Sharing Hot Spots
Free, available for iOS or Android, trover.com
Not all who wander are lost, but you can make your wandering more purposeful with Trover. This image-based app allows you to share pics of your favorite travel finds and check out the places other people recommend by destination.
Best for: A Painless Flying Experience
Free, available for iOS or Android, gateguru.com
At a glance, you can see your current and future flights—as well as any delays, gate changes or other hiccups. Even more helpful, Gate Guru’s Airport Card feature displays all the info you could possibly need about airports, from a map of the facilities to amenities and tips. Are you a frequent flyer and a little on the competitive side? Then you’ll also want to check out your travel stats, which you can compare with others.
Best for Making Sure You Don’t Forget Anything
Free, available for iOS, triplistapp.com
Nothing puts a damper on pre-vacation glee like packing and planning. TripList aims to take some of the angst out of prepping for a getaway by giving you one place to store and organize your packing list by category, and keep tabs on tasks you need to complete before heading out of town.
Best for: Learning a New Language
Free, available for iOS or Android, duolingo.com
As widely spoken as English is, there’s still a good chance you’ll make an ass out of yourself if you go to a foreign country without knowing a lick of its native tongue. Luckily, this app makes language-learning fun with mini games to help you master the basics.
JET LAG ROOSTER
Best for: Resting Easy
Free, available for iOS or Android, jetlagrooster.com
No need to sacrifice shut-eye the next time you travel across the globe. Plug in your home, destination and sleeping patterns into this doctor-helmed app, and it’ll spit out recommendations about the optimal times to go to bed and expose yourself to light in order to minimize your jet lag.
XE CURRENCY APP
Best for: Knowing How Much Money You’re Really Spending
Free, available for iOS or Android, xe.com
Your travel funds could disappear real fast if you don’t pay attention to currency exchange rates (or you could blow your opportunity to buy stuff on the cheap!). This app allows you to follow up to 10 currency at once and is updated every 60 seconds, so you won’t ever be left in the dark.
Best for: Booking Accommodations on the Fly
Free, available for iOS or Android, hoteltonight.com
Stranded without a room? Don’t panic. This app will help you find something near your destination—at a fantastic rate. It’s also perfect for last-minute trips. You can search by type of getaway or hotel style. Plus, the easy-to-digest hotel descriptions boils each hotel down to its top three features.