The Internet is the leading source for travel planning and as in many other areas there is a significant growth in the use of smartphones and tablets to collect information, organize and complete transactions. One of the reasons may be the meaty supply of useful iPad apps for travel planning and management.
The summer vacation period is coming to an end in many parts of the world just now. Did you know that this is the best time to start planning for next year? A good friend once told me that he never end a vacation without starting the planning of the next. Idea is to get some good energy flowing and some ideas on the table before work takes over all focus again. In a time of global recession many people have lower budgets and even find it difficult to take the vacation. In this case careful and long term planning is essential.
In this article, we are showcasing iPad apps with high user ratings you can use for planning and supporting you on your travel. Keep in mind that once you know your destination, there may be some unique local apps you need to grab. Some examples could be airport apps you can use to monitor your flight status or apps created by local organizations to assist tourists, like if you go to Copenhagen in Denmark The Official Copenhagen City Guide will be valuable.
While some apps are great for the planning your travel I believe some iPad photography apps can be really useful to help you capture the happy moments and refine the photos on the move. Then your photos will be ready for your personal travel website… if haven’t got one yet you should check out some WordPress travel themes to get started. Most of these apps may work well with the new iPad mini and it is great as a travel companion. Just remember to keep it safe and get a case to protect the iPad mini on the move!
The iPad travel apps have been organized into a few categories to help you find what you need faster. Use the links below to jump in!
- Destination Guides, Accommodation and Planning Apps
- Transportation Management and Monitoring
- Service and Utility Apps
- Maps and Direction Finders
- Food Drink and Entertainment Apps
This is a travel guide for the whole world. It’s free and works offline. Triposo offers you a cool travel guide for your phone. Complete and up to date information from the best open sources and handy maps. Download city or country guides and use them offline while you travel. – (Free iPad App)
This Mobile Travel App includes flight and car search, hotel search and booking, flight tracker and My Trips, so you have your full itinerary at your fingertips. – (Free iPad App)
Jetsetter provides insider access to the world’s greatest hotels, vacation homes and tour packages. With Jetsetter’s app you can enjoy panoramic photography, first-hand reviews, and access Jetsetter’s exclusive flash sales — up to 50% off daily. – (Free iPad App)
Discover the most popular destinations in the world with tripwolf, your travel guide. Follow the recommendations of the tripwolf community and get tips from experienced travel writers. The app includes maps (also available offline!), an Augmented Reality Viewer, free updates and a FREE premium guide for Hamburg!– (Free iPad App)
Hotels.com app is optimized to provide you the best interactive hotel booking experience using all the great tablet features. With the app, you can find and securely book your choice of more than 20.000 last minute deals from our selection of 150,000+ hotels in 200 countries. Also, you can easily flick through hotels, photos and reviews with one swipe. There is also a powerful sort and filter tools etc. – (Free iPad App)
Get amazing hotel deals all over the world and book in seconds. Download Expedia Hotels and find the perfect room for tonight or your next trip. – (Free iPad App)
WorldMate automatically organizes your trip, gives real time flight alerts and many other incredible travel services. Experience the magic with WorldMate: forward your travel reservation (airline / hotel / agent) to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’re good to go. – (Free iPad App)
Cruise Finder by iCruise.com is one of the most comprehensive cruise vacation-planning apps in the travel industry. This award-winning cruise app app provides detailed cruise information on 20 different cruise lines, 220 ships including staterooms photos and deck plans, 25 destinations, and 12,000+ itineraries complete with route maps. Best of all, this is a Free App! – (Free iPad App)
mTrip Travel Guides are intelligent travel guides for iPhone and iPod Touch. The travel guide automatically customizes your trip itinerary with its extensive travel guide directory, guides you to each tourist attraction with directions, uses augmented reality to display tourist attractions in your area, and allows you to share your trip with personalized e-postcards over Facebook and email.
Get peace of mind while traveling, by having all your plans in one place. No more frantic searching for confirmation emails in your inbox – or worse yet – hunting down that pesky manila folder. TripIt is an easier way to organize and share travel. TripIt “automagically” takes all your trip details and creates one truly helpful itinerary that’s there when and where you need it – on your iPhone or iPad, sync’d with your calendar, and online at tripit.com. – (Free iPad App)
Gogobot is the best way to travel in the know! Browse destinations and plan your next trip by tapping into friends’ insider tips. It features the capability to PLAN and MAP your next trip easily! View and edit your plan anytime on the go or on www.gogobot.com. Also you can get inspiration from browsing 60,000 destinations and see friends’ insider tips. You can also create stunning photo postcards of your travels and share them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also write reviews while you’re out and about–they’ll be added automatically to Gogobot for you and your friends. – (Free iPad App)
Make your bucket list with an app from the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Inspiring and authoritative, 50 Places of a Lifetime showcases the world’s greatest destinations, chosen by National Geographic’s family of globe-trotting contributors. The world’s greatest destinations come alive through personal essays from great writers, stunning photo galleries, 360-degree panoramas, video, maps, insider facts—and an interactive checklist for your own places of a lifetime. From the Loire Valley to Easter Island, you’ll encounter the globe’s most iconic destinations. – (Price: $1.99)
Find the parks nearest you with the activities you want to do. A team of writers and editors has spent years compiling, refining and, most importantly, curating a comprehensive database of every national park, state park and federal public land in America. Now they have added 50,000 local parks! Each location is cross-referenced with information about available activities, so you can search for the park nearest you with your favorite activities. We’re the same team that publishes the little green Oh, Ranger! guides to national parks and public lands that are read by 20+ million park-lovers each year. – (Free iPad App)
The Swim Guide makes it easy to explore and enjoy the best beaches in these areas — Alabama, Alberta, British Columbia, California, Charleston SC, Connecticut, Florida, the Great Lakes, Greater Boston MA, Maryland/Chesapeake Bay, New York, the Ottawa River region, parts of Oregon & Washington states, Saskatchewan, and the Shenandoah River Valley (VA, and West VA). It adds new beaches every week. You can list the beaches closest to you, browse the map, or search for a beach by name. Every beach is marked with a Green, Yellow, or Red icon so you know when a beach is open for swimming and when the water quality is poor. – (Free iPad App)
Explore 20 of the top U.S. National Parks with the best collection of trail maps available. National Geographic – THE place for maps – has opened up their best-selling, detailed Trails Illustrated National Parks Maps for download to your favorite Apple device. Plan your trip by browsing the maps and marking places you’d like to see. When visiting, use your iPhone or iPad to help you find your way around the park. A great gift app for your favorite outdoor adventurer, family trip planner or armchair explorer! – (Price: $3.99)
From the real-time flight status information, to the push notifications for important flight information, to the structured airport amenity database – there is no other app that delivers what GateGuru does for travelers. It serves as a valuable resource available to travelers, from the minute you embark on your journey until the minute you arrive at your destination. The application allows you to receive real-time flight status information (including push notifications), view your TripIt and KAYAK itineraries, view / post airport security wait times, see a structured list of airport food, shops and services – including over 30,000 reviews and tips and 5,000 photos from fellow travelers on airports, terminals, and airport amenities and much more! – (Free iPad App)
Experience a whole new way to take the train with Amtrak. Get simple and intuitive access to all the travel information you need, book your trip on the go, and stay up-to-date as trains arrive. Do it all without the hassle of your laptop, making calls or extra trips to the office. – (Free iPad App)
My TSA gives you 24/7 access to information that passengers frequently request from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). My TSA provides real-time operating status for U.S. airports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); a tool to find out if an item is allowed in your carry-on or checked baggage; information on ID requirements, liquids rules, and tips for packing and dressing to speed through security. – (Free iPad App)
This app allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any commercial flight worldwide. It can also track general aviation (private, charter, etc) in the United States and Canada.
Search by aircraft registration, route, airline, flight number, city pair, or airport code. Tracking data includes complete flight details and full-screen maps with NEXRAD radar overlay. Push notifications for flight departure/arrival info as well as cancellations, gate changes, delays, and diversions. – (Free iPad App)
Download now and see how FlightTrack’s clean, intuitive design will help you track a flight in seconds. See flight details on beautiful, zoomable maps or get real-time departure info, delays and gate numbers at a glance. Full international coverage means you can track all your flights worldwide. We’ll even update you on cancellations and help you find an alternate flight. – (Price: $4.99)
Free Flight tracking app from the leaders in real-time flight information. Track upcoming and in-air flights, and receive status alerts via push notification. Check gate assignments, delays and cancellations and use the attractive flight map to see a flight’s progress. Save flight itineraries and add your own notes. View a North American airport delay map with radar weather overlay. FlightView covers all flights with one endpoint in North America. Wherever life takes you, count on FlightView to help you travel smarter! – (Free iPad App)
Get detailed public transit, walking, taxi, and biking directions in dozens of cities throughout the US, Canada and Europe! With HopStop you can get directions from your current location using GPS functionality; get schedules for hundreds of regional rails, subways, buses, ferries and more; access addresses from your contact list; view scrollable, zoom-able transit maps even when offline; map a location and see nearby subway and bus stops; estimate travel time and cost for a taxi and call taxi companies with a tap. – (Free iPad App)
Uber is everyone’s private driver. Using the app, you can make an on-demand request for a private driver. Leave the cash at home, because we’ll automatically charge your credit card on file and email you a receipt. Request a ride in one of our many cities, and get a classy, convenient and reliable experience anytime. – (Free iPad App)
Find the cheapest gas on the go – for free! In one click, locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices. Never overpay for gas again. For every gas price reported, you’ll earn points toward prize give-away entries. We give away a $250 gas gift card every week. Reporting gas prices is even more fun with awards! GasBuddy is a community of users working together to update gas prices – help everyone save on gas! Gas prices for USA and Canada only. – (Free iPad App)
PayByPhone, the market leading phone payment operator for parking, brings you the simple, secure and convenient way to pay for your parking. The app makes registering for PayByPhone, paying for parking and managing your account easier than before. Pay for parking in just a few seconds, receive reminder messages when your parking is about to expire, and extend your parking session remotely. No more coins required! – (Free iPad App)
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace that connects you with people who have space for rent. The award-winning Airbnb App allows everyone to list, discover, and book any of these distinctive spaces – from a private apartment to a private island – directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch. – (Free iPad App)
Waze is a fun, community-based traffic & navigation app, 20 million strong. Plug into the driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas $, and improve everyone’s daily commute. – (Free iPad App)
Get online at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world. Pay per minute with Skype Credit. The must-have app for trips abroad and international travelers. Reduce your data roaming costs when you’re abroad: Use Skype WiFi to connect to WiFi hotspots at hotels, airports, train stations, bars and restaurants – available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide. – (Free iPad App)
EveryTrail is the best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do. Plot your trip, photos and videos right on the map and upload it to EveryTrail.com, Facebook and Twitter. – (Free iPad App)
Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations. – (Free iPad App)
myLanguage Translator Free is a robust and comprehensive free translation solution that has a great team in place to push its production; in turn, bringing you more advanced features and functionality than the rest. – (Free iPad App)
Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. – (Free iPad App)
Currency provides up-to-date exchange rate information for over 100 currencies and countries! Great for when you travel abroad and need to calculate the latest exchange rates. Great for forex traders! Don’t get stuck on a business trip, vacation, or holiday without this great currency convert. – (Free iPad App)
Convert every world currency on-the-go with the universally optimized XE Currency App for iPhone and iPad. It features live currency rates, charts, and even stores the last updated rates, so it works when the Internet doesn’t. This simple currency calculator has received over five million downloads. XE Currency was an app of the week in iTunes, and has been featured by the BBC, the LA Times, CNN, and The Travel Channel! – (Free iPad App)
The World Clock shows the most accurate and attractive day/night map. Our day/night map is calculated using very precise and efficient algorithm. You can even scroll the “darkness” with unmatched precision and performance. Enjoy the equinox twice a year! Some of the apps on the app store, e.g. World Clock Pro, show highly inaccurate day/night map, which sometimes is off by more than 2 hours for certain locations! – (Price: $2.99)
OffMaps 2 allows you to access searchable maps, your position and bookmarks wherever you are, even offline and abroad. OffMaps stores maps directly on your device and lets you search the map offline. – (Free iPad App)
AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi. AroundMe shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are. For every listing you can choose to see its location on a Map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend. The Nearby listing allows you to find information using Wikipedia about what is around you. – (Free iPad App)
iExit tells you what’s coming up in real time when driving on the interstate. It’s designed to easily communicate which upcoming exits have what you need, whether that’s gas, a hotel, a rest area, or specifically a Starbucks. Your GPS will tell you how to get there. iExit will tell you where to stop along the way. – (Free iPad App)
Road tripping or frequently traveling on the interstate? This is a must-have app for you. See what’s available at upcoming exits as you drive on the interstate. When you’re traveling off the interstate, switch to NEARBY mode to view locations around you. Plan your road trip with a directory of every interstate / exit in the continental U.S. Check real-time gas prices at upcoming exits. Tap the Promotions icon to learn about specials and savings around you. Find the right exit for everyone in the car. Use the app to find the cheapest gas, your favorite restaurant chain and no-fee ATM at the same exit and many more. – (Free iPad App)
Over 650,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide! Quickly and easily find FREE or paid Wi-Fi when you travel with the JiWire Wi-Fi Finder for iPhone and iPod Touch. Download all of the locations offline, so you know how to stay connected when you are on the road. Using the GPS function on your iPhone, the Wi-Fi finder will tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there. – (Free iPad App)
No matter if you need to find the closest bar, grocery store, pharmacy, taxi firm or historical point-of-interest, WhereToGo is the app you need. It works globally, has over 500 location types and even provides turn-by-turn directions to your chosen destination. Fully customizable, an incredibly simple interface hides a sophisticated engine that plugs into the largest Points of Interest database and global map on the market. – (Free iPad App)
Restaurant Reservations – Free, Instant, Confirmed. With OpenTable for iPhone you can make free restaurant reservations at more than 20,000 OpenTable-enabled restaurants in the United States and Canada. UK DINERS PLEASE NOTE: UK Restaurants can now be booked via your mobile browser at http://m.toptable.co.uk. Plus, OpenTable members earn valuable Dining Rewards Points redeemable for Dining Cheques good at any OpenTable restaurant. – (Free iPad App)
This simple application helps you find bakeries and ice cream shops quickly and easily, wherever you are! Sweet Spot automatically locates you and finds sweet, delicious items nearby. To find bakeries in a location other than your current one, just drag the map to a new location and tap refresh. There are several search modes including bakery, ice cream, and candy shop. Tap the arrow next to a business to view more details including phone number, address, and Yelp reviews for businesses in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. – (Free iPad App)
Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Launched in 2010, it’s the first and leading app for finding and rating dishes, not just restaurants. – (Free iPad App)
Lunchbox is Pinterest for food. It will help you discover new food around the corner, the best coffee in town, or the trendiest bar in the city. Lunchbox helps you search for anything your heart desires; view beautiful photos taken by real customers; read useful tips, reviews, and ratings shared by Foursquare and Yelp users; see how many people have been to a place before; get directions, call, or visit the website for any place; check In and add Photos on Foursquare. – (Free iPad App)