Best Travel Apps of 2014 (So Far)
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With so many travel apps on the market claiming to make it easier to book flights and hotels, which ones are the best? Lucky for us, the website 10best.com recently announced the winners of their “Best Travel Apps of 2014” contest, voted on by readers of the website. Read on, then download your favorite.
10best.com’s 10 best travel apps of 2014:
1. Waze — Social networking meets GPS navigation with Waze, one of the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation apps. Tap in your destination or use the speech recognition option, and benefit from other drivers in your area sharing real-time traffic and road information, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. Available free for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.
2. TravelSafe — Like the Boy Scouts slogan says, “Be Prepared.” One way to be prepared when traveling is with the TravelSafe app, a database of emergency service numbers for almost every country. You can also pin emergency services to your home screen, for one-touch access to police, ambulances and fire, and more. Available for Android, $0.99
3. TripAdvisor — Looking for honest, unbiased reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more? TripAdvisor is your app; it’s like a RottenTomatoes.com for travelers. Available free for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.
4. Skyscanner — if you have a Windows Phone, there’s not many travel apps available. But Skyscanner does what you need by aggregating fares from airlines and the big travel sites to help you find the best deal. You can also pin your search to your start screen and stalk price fluctuations. Available free for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.
5. TripIt —The TripIt travel organizer is a free app that consolidates itineraries, reservations and other information, including maps and directions for multiple trips. You can check-in for flights, verify flight status and check local weather from one location. The premium version of TripIt, called TripIt Pro, is for frequent travelers. For $49/year, you’ll get all the power of TripIt, plus real-time flight alerts, seat tracker, flight finder, refund notifications, point tracker, and more. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.
6. FlightTrack — FlightTrack allows you to track thousands of domestic and international flights with zoomable maps and detailed information on departure gates and times, delays, and cancellations. FlightTrack 5 has been visually updated to better suit design changes now in iOS 7. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone. Around $2.99.
7. Hipmunk — Forbes called Hipmunk the “best travel app on the web, period.” This “fan favorite” app for novice travelers to frequent flyers uses proprietary algorithms to sort flight itineraries based on "Agony" and hotel rooms based on "Ecstasy." Features are designed to appeal to mobile users and results are displayed in a uniquely visual chart form. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
8. Foursquare — Once you’ve arrived somewhere, ever wonder where to stay, eat, or do? That’s what Foursquare is for. With the app, you’ll see a list of tips on what to do and where to go from travelers who have been there before. Check in regularly to certain locations and gain “mayorship,” good for some discounts. Available free for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.
9. Foodspotting — While many apps offer up restaurant reviews, few zone in on specific dishes. That’s exactly what Foodspotting does. Looking for the best sushi in Chinatown? The best chili in Austin? This is a foodie’s favorite new app. Available free for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.
10. Viber — If you’re over overpaying to send texts and make calls, the Viber app is a free service that lets you send texts and share photos, videos, emoticons, and stickers with friends and family who are also using the Viber service. Viber is easy to use and available to more than 200 million users for almost every mobile platform. Available for Windows 8, Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and many more devices and platforms.
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