For many travelers, the smartphone has become their go-to resource for everything vacation related. It can compare prices, make reservations, pull up maps, take photos, hold digital tickets, and more.
To help you make the most of your vacation, here are 8 travel apps that you need to check out:
Ever wish you had a ‘cool cousin’ you could call on for travel advice? Maybe a craft bartender in Dallas, a screenwriter in New York, or a photographer in Portland? Well with Cool Cousin, you can!
Cool Cousin finds ‘cool’ people in cities all around the world, and has them put together a guide with their favorite city spots, and personalized advice about how to spend your time and your dime in their town.
Once you’ve connected with a Cousin, you can even contact them directly for advice on timing your visit, where you should stay, how to get tickets for special occasions, any current events happening there, customized itineraries, and more.
Sidekix is an app that provides curated recommendations that have been specially chosen by local bloggers. Tell the app what you want to experience in a city, and it will tailor itself to your needs.
But what really sets Sidekix apart is its ability to create personalized walking routes that are based on interest, not just distance. Whether you’re in the mood for a shopping spree, pub crawl, or gallery hop, Sidekix can put together a route that takes you through the places and events you want to see and do along the way.
It’s an exploration tool, travel planner, and tour guide all in one. Sidekix takes the idea of getting lost in a new city so you can stumble upon cool and unexpected places, and gives it a modern twist that will guarantee you find those hidden gems you’re always looking for.
Foursquare started out as an app that let people ‘check-in’ to places they were visiting, but now it’s using that data and advanced location intelligence to build meaningful recommendations for experiences that are catered to your specific tastes.
With over 75 million tips from local experts, it helps uncover off-the-menu items, speakeasy entrances, wi-fi passwords, and much more.
A quick search helps you find what you’re looking for, and you can use Foursquare to build up a running to-do list of the neighborhood hot spots and places you want to try while traveling. Or check out the curated lists that are built by friends, brands, and influencers to help you find the best of the best in any city you want to visit.
According to their motto, if it’s not local, it’s not on Localeur. With over 13,000 authentic recommendations from folks who live in the places you want to visit, Localeur is bursting with tips and know-how on everything from bars and restaurants to well-loved bookshops, boutiques, and other hidden gems.
If you’re searching for authenticity over syndication, unforgettable experiences over tourist traps, then check out Localeur!
Walking is one of the best ways to explore a new destination, but navigating a new city when you’re not familiar with the road names, street layouts, and landmarks can be difficult.
To help you to explore and discover cities on foot, Walc gives you directions based on visual cues. Instead of ‘Head North on Main St.’ or ‘Turn right at Virginia Ave.’ Walc gives you directions like ‘Walk towards Starbucks, then make a right at Lululemon.’ to help you get where you want to go.
When you walk around a town, you’ll feel like a local, and you’ll get an up close and personal view that you just can’t get in a taxi or Uber.
Trip by Skyscanner
Every time you open Trip by Skyscanner, it automatically offers intelligent suggestions for what to do, based on signals like the time of day, weather, location, and your personal travel style, like Foodies, Family Travelers, or Nightlife Lovers.
Make the most of a sunny day, stay dry when it’s raining, or plan the perfect weekend getaway with Trip by Skyscanner.
What if Ken Burns could take you on a tour of the Brooklyn Bridge? Or you could explore Haight-Ashbury with actor Peter Coyote?
With Detour, you can explore the world’s most fascinating places with the people who know them best, through guided audio tours that sync to your location.
If you’re traveling with friends, you can even sync your Detour audio tours together so you can turn exploration into a shared experience, as you learn about your surroundings together.
Sometimes you just want to get outdoors and explore, and whether you’re looking for local hikes, campsites, waterfalls, or swimming holes, The Outbound has you covered with expert tips, insider travel recommendations, and thoughtful personal accounts.
To make sure you find an activity that’s right for you, you can filter by skill level, season, and features, like dog-friendly, family-friendly, romantic, etc.
Then use the app to navigate to the starting point of your next great adventure, and you’re on your way!