9 best apps for traveling


Adam Cecil

Adam Cecil

Former Staff Writer

Adam Cecil is a former staff writer for Policygenius, a digital insurance brokerage trying to make sense of insurance for consumers. He is a podcast producer, writer, and video maker based in Brooklyn, NY.

Published November 26, 2014|2 min read

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In this post we help youReduce the risk of a bad trip

Whether you’re traveling to see friends and family, traveling for business, or taking a much needed vacation with that special someone, the best part of any trip is seeing the world and experiencing new things. The worst part? The actual traveling. That’s why we put together this list of 9 must-have smartphone apps for travelers. These apps cover everything from putting together a packing list to sending custom postcards through snailmail. The only thing they can’t do? Take that sixteen hour plane ride for you.


Hate packing? Always missing something crucial? PackPoint will automatically build a packing list for you based on your itinerary - what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what the weather’s going to be like.


Use light to reset your body’s circadian rhythms and reduce the effects of jet lag. Custom schedules developed by the University of Michigan help you feel alert and healthy no matter how many time zones you’ve jumped.

The Entertainer

Save money around the world with this international digital coupon book. Most coupons are for Middle Eastern countries, making this app a must-have if you travel to the region for business or pleasure. The app is free, but you have to pay to access coupons (packages based on type of coupons and location).

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The Converted

There are a ton of currency/temperature/weight/speed/etc. converters in the app store, so what makes this one different? It’s more than just a calculator: The Converted actually shows you how the units relate, giving you a better idea of how units work, instead of just spitting out an answer.


Custom postcards with pictures from your phone for as little as 99 cents per card? Sounds too good to be true, but Postagram makes it easy to turn digital memories into physical messages for friends and family.

Onavo Extend

Nothing hurts more than overseas data charges. Onavo Extend compresses all of your phone’s data usage in the background, lowering your overall data usage and saving you money.


HipMunk is a highly recommended comparison site and app that lets you find the cheapest flight and hotel for your trip. And since it’s available on the web and on your phone, you’ll never pay full price for a plane ticket or hotel room again.


Professional and user reviews of hotels across the world. Rated based on cleanliness, location, sleep quality, and more. Reviews are also broken down into categories for couples, families, business, and solo.


Don’t let Google Maps and other apps eat up your overseas data plan. Download offline maps and guides of cities worldwide with CityMaps2Go. All the usefulness of a paper guidebook with all the convenience of a smartphone app.Photo: enigmabadger