Feel Like a Local With These Amazing Travel Apps

Published On November 5, 2013 | App & Software

When travelling to a new city, it’s easy to plan your visit based on a city’s most popular landmarks. In Los Angeles, it’s the Hollywood walk of fame. In New York City, it’s Times Square. And in San Francisco it’s Fisherman’s Wharf. But limiting yourself to the main attractions can really hold you back from getting an authentic city experience and really making the most of your trip.

Here are some of the best mobile apps that can change all of that and help make your travel experience unique.

Yelp

Yelp is one of the most trusted customer review sites online and puts the “best of” in every city right at your fingertips. Whether you’re looking to find the best sushi restaurant in Chicago or the best place for live music in San Diego, Yelp has you covered. The app’s interface is easy to use and, as always, Yelp provides price information, reviews and business hours. Also, with location services enabled on your device, you can see just how close your next city adventure is and even get directions to the spot you want to visit.

Viator Tours & Activities

With jet fuel prices these days, just getting to your destination can cost a pretty penny. If you are looking for some cheap fun while on vacation, Viator has you covered. The app not only allows you to search for tours and activities in the city, but also aggregates ongoing sales and deals so that you can get a full experience at a discounted price. You can sign up for many of these activities last-minute, so the app is also ideal for travelers who don’t adhere to a specific agenda and want to be flexible and spontaneous while on vacation. You can also use the app to browse through photos that other users have uploaded and read reviews so you can be sure the activity is exactly what you’re looking for.

Tripomatic

If you’re unfamiliar with your destination city, Tripomatic does the research and planning for you and can create a recommended itinerary in a matter of minutes. Simply sign in to the app, enter your destination and the number of days you plan to stay, then Tripomatic will pull information about the best attractions and events in that city. The app features more than 30,000 attractions across 300 destinations and also includes photos and summaries of all attractions.

Hotel Tonight

If you’re really into making the most of your vacation, you should know to expect the unexpected. If messed up reservations or broken down rental cars leave you wondering where you’ll be sleeping one night, Hotel Tonight has you covered. Hotel Tonight collects last-minute hotel deals and allows you to quickly, easily and securely book them right from your phone. The app lists hotels in more than 15 countries, so you won’t have to worry about turning a lux vacation into a campout.

HopStop 

HopStop is one of the most popular mobile apps for travelling and can help you make sure you spend less time lost and more time enjoying yourself. Named a Top 10 Mobile App for Travel by Travel Magazine, this app allows you to get directions via car, bike, public transportation and on foot. With real-time updates, it can help you avoid snarled traffic or stalled subway cars. HopStop has data on more than 300 cities worldwide and can also estimate your travel costs.

— By Jessica Oaks

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