5 Mobile Apps for Traveling

Smart phones and mobile devices are a must nowadays when traveling. Whereas vacationers and international travelers once had to rely on almanacs, printed guides, and Internet cafes, mobile applications now give them access to information on the fly in the palm of their hand. If you plan on going abroad at any point in the near future, you’ll want to have the following applications installed on your mobile phone to make your trip less stressful.

Tripit
When it comes to planning out your trip and putting together an itinerary, Tripit is the first app most travelers fire up on their mobile phones. Tripit offers mobile apps for Windows Phone 7, Android, Blackberry, and iOS that make flight and accommodation booking easy and cheap. Best of all, it’s 100% free to download and use on any platform.

AirBnB
Even if you prefer not to bunk with strangers, the best laid plans of men and hotel rooms sometimes fall through. If you need to find cheap lodging on the road either in your own country or in a foreign one, AirBnB is the application for you. While they only feature an iOS app through the iTunes Store at the moment, you can always just use your mobile browser to access their web portal to find inexpensive rooms when you’re traveling.

WeFi
Finding free Wi-Fi hotspots in unfamiliar terrain is sometimes a hassle, which is why WeFi is such a handy application to have when you’re traveling. Available as a desktop program for Mac and Windows as well as a mobile application for Android, WP7, and Symbian, WeFi is a lifesaver when you’re traveling internationally and want to find free Wi-Fi.

Xe
The World’s Favorite Currency Site offers a slew of mobile applications to make currency conversion in practically any country on the globe a snap. Their mobile applications cover anyone that uses iOS, Android, Blackberry, and WP7. They also offer a mobile version that can be accessed with any smart phone’s built-in browser.

ITA OnTheFly
OnTheFly is a mobile application from the folks at ITA Software that gives users the ability to comparison shop for the cheapest flight tickets available. Regardless of your departure and arrival locations, OnTheFly can show you the most cost-effective way to get from point A to point B in style.

In Closing
While one could write a small book about the many helpful mobile applications available to international travelers, the aforementioned programs are a fine start. You can find many more must-have applications for travel simply by browsing the iTunes Store and the Android Market. Suffice it to say that mobile applications can go a long way in making your trip more pleasant and hassle-free in the long run.