If you’re traveling by air, you want this app, which tracks departure and arrival information, gate numbers, flight changes, delays and other must-know tidbits for your trip. Should your flight get canceled, the app will help you find an alternate itinerary to book.
FlightTrack Pro also offers complete international compatibility for trips out of the country.
We all have our favorite local gas spots, where we know prices are guaranteed to be low. But what about when you’re in an area with a totally different range of gas prices? GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest gas near you.
HearPlanet is akin to having a knowledgeable local in your pocket at all times. The app turns your iPhone into an audio tour guide. Learn about your surroundings just about anywhere — the app includes some 300,000 locations around the globe.
If you rely on your iPhone’s native Maps app to navigate, you could find yourself in a bind with roaming data. OffMaps 2 lets you download and save maps for offline browsing. The app even bookmarks your locations.
Cost: $0.99 for the first two maps; $5.99 for unlimited maps.
If you’re the type of person who always forgets something important, this app may be worth the small investment. Packing Pro has recommended lists for all sorts of trips. Plus, save lists from previous itineraries.
If you’re traveling in a group that likes to split up — or you have kids you’re worried about losing — use Phöne Tracker to monitor where your travel companions are at all times. The app turns your iPhone into a GPS, visible to whomever you authorize.
The downside: Many reviewers say it eats up battery life quickly.
If you hate constantly signing up for different paid Wi-Fi locations, ease those dreaded logins with this app. Skype Wi-Fi uses money from your Skype account to pay for different hotspot providers (such as Boingo) in airports, hotels or train stations.
This app is great if you’re travelling to a place where you don’t speak the native language. Plus, it accomplishes more than your average pocket translator — it will read out your translations in 40 different languages.
The app does require Wi-Fi or 3G, which can be a problem when roaming.
Do you frequently find yourself scrambling through your inbox, searching for travel confirmation emails? If so, TripIt can make travelling a lot less painful by organizing all your reservations into clean itineraries. The app recognizes confirmation emails from more than 3,000 services — all you need to do is forward your messages.
WhatsApp is an Internet-based texting service, which lets you send word, picture or voice messages to any smartphone user with the app. Because it’s Internet-based, you can text from one country to another, without applied data charges.
WhatsApp is also a great group messenger, when you’re trying to text people who have different types of smartphones.
If you’re looking for a good place to set up your laptop and get some work done, use Wi-Fi Finder to locate nearby hotspots. You can even apply a filter to target only free results. The app features more than 650,000 locations in more than 144 countries, so hopefully you’ll be able to find Wi-Fi near you.