top travel apps i can’t live without, part 2

Best Travel Apps for Smartphones

I’ve decided to continue my list of the top travel apps I can’t live without, and to also include some of the apps my wonderful readers suggested. I’ve been playing around with a few of these for the past couple of weeks and I can’t get enough. I hope you’ll find this post useful!

If you missed my first travel apps post, you can find it here.

Top Travel Apps

Since we talk about traveling on a budget on this website, this is a perfect tool to use to keep track of all your expenditures. It’s similar to the envelope system some bloggers use, only you don’t need to carry around cash. You can continue to use your credit or debit cards and just deduct expenses from your digital envelopes. My EEBA app is synced up with my husband’s so it’s easy to keep track of how we’re doing every month. We have envelopes for groceries, gas, entertainment, eating out, and a miscellaneous category that is usually used for our two dogs. Spoiled boys… This app kind of makes budgeting fun.
Cost: Free

2. Skyscanner
A reader suggested this app and it’s definitely an easy way to search for discount flights. The app gives you plenty of options and you can even look at a calendar to find even cheaper flights — if you have that flexibility. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can search for flights to “anywhere”. :)
Cost: Free

3. Hipmunk
Many travelers find lodging through Airbnb and other non-traditional sites, and this app is perfect for that. You can even search for hostels! I haven’t really used this app to look for flights (you can do that as well) but I love how quickly search results appear for lodging. It’s definitely user-friendly.
Cost: Free

4. Gogobot
Gogobot is similar to TripAdvisor in that it gives you differnent options for exploring cities. You can also plan out trips, see what’s nearby, book hotels, and create postcards to remember your vacation.
Cost: Free

5. Uber
Another great reader suggestion! This app works in more than 50 cities and 20 countries and allows you to easily find a ride. You can compare rates, get fare quotes, and a receipt will be emailed to you when you arrive at the destination.
Cost: Free

6. VSCO Cam
This is my favorite camera app ever. The filters are gorgeous and you can adjust exposure and sharpness easily. Perfect for documenting your travels!
Cost: Free but some filters have a small charge

Any other travel apps I should know about?


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  • Lisette

    I love these. Maybe I’ll use them to plan out my trip to see you in Beantown :)

  • Rebekah Johnson

    Yay! I’m so glad you shared that app for budgeting. On my ‘to-do’ list today is to create a functioning budget for my husband and I. I love the envelope system but also love the cash back I get from my CC so the EEBA will be awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rachel

      Yep, we get cash back too! That’s exactly why we started using this app.

  • LO_TS

    I’d not someone who’s big on aps because I tend to just ignore my phone a lot when i’m away but I do swear by Tripadvisor, granted it doesn’t save you money or anything but It’s helpful with the reviews.

  • Per @ Perky Thoughts

    Would definitely try EEBA! Thanks for this list :)

  • Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

    ok i need to find all of these. i just hope that i can find them for my android..dont’ judge. one day i’ll join the real world and get an iPhone. but probably not until we’re back on good ole’ us apple loving’ soil

  • Kemal Kaya

    I have never heard EEBA, and I am gonna search it, nice ide and tips. Thanks.

  • Imma Dou

    Thank you for sharing your apps! I love the camera one! I just downloaded it! thanks!xx

  • Travels with Tam

    Wow, I love these! Especially the budget envelopes! I’ve sent them to my kids, lol.

  • KPsays

    Gonna check these out for our trip to Oz in Feb!! Thanks for sharing!

  • karis

    ooh thanks for sharing – hadn’t seen Hipmunk before, but think we’re going to become well acquainted…

  • theladylawyer

    Can’t wait to try these out next time I’m planning! Pinning!