I've definitely been asked about my favorite travel apps and to be honest, I don't use very many. The ones I do use, however, are super helpful and I would definitely be lost without them. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!
In the interest of full disclosure, yes, the boyfriend works for Uber. However, that's not to say that this app doesn't rock. Any ride sharing app is awesome for travel because they are usually cheaper than taxis and instead of having to spend time flagging down a cab, you can just order a car on your phone and it comes right to you! I also love the fact that you don't need to have cash (all payment happens on your phone) and there's no tipping (great for my tipping anxiety). What more do you need? Uber is available in more than 100 cities and 30 countries. Yeah, you'll need to have some sort of cell service to use the app, but it's perfect for domestic travel.
If you're new to Uber, you can use my discount code, 5xe9p, for $10 off your first ride!
Plotter Social Maps
Plotter is something I recently discovered on a trip to Portland. We had a list of things to do, but weren't really sure what order to do them in. In the interest of saving time and distance, we wanted to know what was near what. A quick search in the app store led us to Plotter and it honestly was really helpful. We added all activities to a "Portland" map that we created and could see where each activity fell all on one map (something you can't easily do with something like Google Maps).
Hotel Tonight is a great app to have for last-minute travel. You literally book your room starting at 9AM the day of and the app almost always has some great hotel options. Not to mention, you're usually getting a great deal since the rooms would otherwise be unsold.
If you haven't tried Hotel Tonight, you can use my invite code, JRHODES45, for $25 free.
I've been using Foursquare since the early days. I absolutely love this app. Mostly because I'm nostalgic and want to relive my past as much as possible. I check in literally everywhere and the best part about that is that if I can't remember the name of the awesome Italian restaurant a friend took me to last time I was in New York City, all I need to do is check my past check-ins. Foursquare is fun for travel because it gives you a chance to record your trip activities and has some great tips. You can also get lucky every once in a while and get a deal for a free drink, appetizer, etc with your check-in. Free is always best.
Just a twenty-something with a full-time job and a full-time obsession with traveling. It's best to LiveTraveled.