10 Amazing Travel Apps you Haven’t Heard Of

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Every so often I’m introduced to a new product on the market – a new app, a new book, a new guide, all new. Its so fast paced that I often find I can’t keep up. Thus you have to show me something pretty damn groovy for it to catch my attention. Luckily there are some crazy talented people. Here are 10 Amazing Travel Apps that have caught my attention recently – trust me, they’re AH-MAZ-ING!


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1. Tripit

Travel organizer.

The tripit app links with your email and makes it seamless for you to collate all of your information in one place. Flights, hotels, dinner reservations, tours, you name it. Oh and its free. Yes, FREE!

2. Postagram

Postcard Delivery App.

How does it work? You take a photo, type in an address, and postagram prints out the postcard for you then mails it out to the address provided. Ah-mazing. The App is free, postcards are $0.99 a pop.

3. Wikitude

Travel Guide.

An app that allows you to point your camera at an icon and in return it tells you what it is, why its there, when it was built…. Yep, this is next level tech-amazingness. Also FREE.

4. Allsubway

Subway Maps.

With Subway maps for 137 of the world’s most visited cities, this is one app I couldn’t live without. It will set you back $1.29.

5. Trailhead by North Face

Outdoor Activity Finder.

This app uses your location to source nearby outdoor activities for you. It will also track your distance, speed, etc. Pretty nifty if you’re an adventurer!

6. Trip Journal

Travel Journal App.

Quite literally a digital version of having a diary or journal. Available for $2.99.

7. Converted by Ideon

Ultimate Conversion App.

Not only does this app convert currency exchange rates, but also converts metrics, clothing sizes… everything. Genius!

8. Packing Pro

Packing App.

For $3.79 this app is the most comprehensive packing app on the planet. Totally worth it if you take multiple trips throughout the year!

9. Hotel Tonight

Hotel Booking App.

Quite literally that – you book a hotel, for that night, at a heavily discounted rate. What I love about this app in particular is that you can stay in 4 or 5 star hotels in some of the world’s most expensive cities for a heavily discounted rate. Certainly worth it if you can deal with the last-minute excitement (or stress) of it all!

10. Over to You – do you have an amazing travel app that deserves to be the 10th addition to the list!? Feel free to share your favourite Travel App in the comments below!

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    February 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    These are great tips. New apps are always cropping up and I never can seem to keep up! I especially like the language apps – those are really handy when sign language doesn’t work!!

    February 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I agree with Julia, I love CityMapper. I would have died without it in London recently. I even showed it to a local London friend who has now started using it too. Gives you options of walking, subway, bus and even taxi with costs and times. Shows you the bus number and stop locations, timetables and even suggests where to stand on the platform for the London underground. It also doesn’t seem to use much data unlike when you are lost and turn on Google maps. I think it won a design award as I saw it at the Design Museum ‘Designs of the year 2014″ .

    September 3, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I’m planning a 3-week trip to Turkey this fall, and it’s the first time I’ll have internet/wifi on a big trip—this list is amazing! I already tried out the post card app 🙂 Thank you for sharing! I may even use some of them for my walks around my hometown:

    Ryan Hanly
    June 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    So disappointed Outbound wasn’t on this list! It was released in January with little fanfare and is now being used in over 160 countries! It’s basically a social network for travellers, but it has a number of other neat features such as a wifi finder! Check it out

    Babak Khademi
    June 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks Brooke. Tripolette is the simplest way to find travel companions before you start the journey. Of course you can always meet people on the road but if you’d like to match up with other travelers with similar itinerary and plan the trip together from the outset, then Definitely checkout Tripolette. Give me a shout if you find it useful or have any comments! @babakkademi

    Dušan Vrban
    June 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Well since you’re on the case, we’re constantly developing ARTour where you can create your own maps as well. And yes, it works offline. 🙂 And yes, there’s much more ahead. 🙂

    May 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    ‘Stopover’ App is awesome & free !!

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    April 7, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Definitely Ulmon CityMaps2Go!

    You download the Wikipedia guides and maps for any city you choose and then everything is available offline – a HUGE help when you are without cell service in a foreign country!

    April 6, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    TripIt and Postagram were both awesome for me on my last trip. And I just used the free version!

    April 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Create trips is also a lovely app/webpage for free or cheap travel books, they have lots of useful information written by people just like you (young travellers mostly) who have actually been there done that and know what they’re talking about 🙂 All of these apps up there sound amazing too!

    April 5, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Some of my travel blogging friends had recommended Wiki guides. Good to hear that I can put it to good use on my upcoming trip! I just got an iPod touch (I’m old school at heart) so I will have to try some of these.
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    Francis Williams
    April 5, 2015 at 2:39 am

    check out Simply Declare, necessary for the world traveller, totally unique and becoming one of my must have travel apps for when we travel abroad.

    April 5, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Lots of good recommendations. I use Trip Splitter when I travel with friends and split costs. This app makestracking and sharing expenses quit simple. A related app, Journ, has all the expense functionality of Trip Splitter. In addition Journ can be used to create an easily shareable journal of your trip complete photos or slide show, travel map, notes, etc. Both are available from DC Software Arts in the iTunes store.

    Madeline Langley
    April 4, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    One of my favorite apps is similar to Tripit – its called WorldMate.

    Another one I really like is Hopper – it lets you know the best times to fly for good prices.


    Aida Mollenkamp
    April 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

    A few new ones for me – thanks!

    April 4, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Oh my god these sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Raphael Alexander Zoren
    April 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Tinder is also a very awesome Travel App if you know what I mean!!! I call it the post-Millenial version of Couch Surfing, it’s a truly awesome one yo! 😀

    Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
    April 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I downloaded Hotel Tonight ages ago and on a recent long layover in Florida it came in SUPER handy because I had literally NOTHING booked and no time to do any proper research. I hadn’t heard of some of these other ones, will have to check them out! Lots of my friends use (and love) Trail Wallet for tracking travel expenses.

    April 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations Brooke! I wrote a post last year on great apps to help you travel like a local! Perhaps this will be useful (: Happy travelling! xx

    April 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Thank you very much for sharing these Apps! They are some really good here and I did not know any of them. The only ones I was using for travelling until now were the tourist guides for each city that I go to visit 🙂

    April 3, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Try HeyLets. Best POSITIVE (ONLY) Travel recommendations based Free Iphone App.

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    Tripcase. So handy for keeping all your itineraries in one place!

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    April 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Crap, looks like I’m gonna have to give my appstore a lil visit!

    Celia Davis
    April 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Instead of Postagram use Butline’s Postcards. The app is free. You use a photo you have taken and it sends an email post card with your message and your picture. Nice way to share your trip with family as you travel.,

    Tajirul Haque
    April 2, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Travel Apps are something that makes traveling easier and comfortable. And with more and more travel apps coming every day…. it’s really very difficult to have the best ones …
    I really haven’t heard of most of these apps…. but I will try them all… thanks

    April 2, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Thank you for sharing these apps, Brooke! Your journey as a blogger and travel writer is so inspiring. 🙂

    April 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I just started to use Trip It for work. I love the ability to forward a confirmation and have it automatically add it to a trip. I will be testing out the full features for my vacation to Paris this summer.

    April 1, 2015 at 6:32 am

    This is an awesome list!! 🙂 I don’t leave home with Google Translate app when going abroad or the World Lens app! And in the US I love the Field Trip app. Not sure if it works outside the US. It’s FREE, so you’ll have to try it!

    April 1, 2015 at 4:44 am

    This is GOLD!!! Thank you!

    April 1, 2015 at 3:23 am

    I so have to try Postagram on my next trip!

    April 1, 2015 at 2:34 am

    You’re always bringing new things for us, Brooke! =))
    That’s why I love your blog. Postgram is really nice!


    April 1, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Nice job, Brooke. I am looking forward to trying Hotel Tonight – sounds really great for a road trip where you are not quite sure how far you will going on any particular day.

    Individual subway maps can be easily found for iOS. I have just recently downloaded Madrid, Barcelona and Munich (all free) and I previously had London (also free), but having an app that allows you to find info. for many cities might be worth the small expense especially if it provides you with details on how to purchase subway/metro tickets and what are the best deals. Especially if you don’t understand the language very well that is one of the greatest frustrations is figuring out what ticket is best based on duration of stay and number of planned subway/metro trips.

    I have tried using TripIt but find it a real pain. I find that for me archiving all email confirmations (especially hotel and AirBnB reservations) in EverNote works pretty well and saves an awful lot of data entry. Also the airlines will usually send you a .ics file (or the Outlook equivalent) that will allow those reservations to post directly into your calendar.

    One app that I don’t see mention is CityMap2Go by Ulmon – they seem to have City maps from around the world but some countries are more limited than others. For example for Europe I was able to get maps for Madrid, Salamanca, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, Avignon and Munich and for Peru I found both Cusco and Puno. In addition for some cities they have hotel and activity information including day tours etc. Great for getting some idea about some of the principal features of the city or area that you will be visiting.


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    April 1, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I have used tripit a few times and can’t wait to try wikitude now! I recently learned there is an app for finding cool murals and street art in quite a few major cities.. I need to find out what it’s called!

    April 1, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Great list, definitely need to try a few of these. I love the idea of Postagram. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    March 31, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing all of these! I just downloaded a couple of them and can’t wait to try them out! A cool app that I really like for travel is the TC Cities app. It’s free and it’s from the Travel Channel. They list all the places their TV show hosts have gone in certain cities and you can also map out your own little plan of attack on there, too. It’s pretty great for recommendations and organization!

    March 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing these! I was just searching for a converter app this morning and couldn’t find anything nearly as visually pleasing as the converter. So happy!

    March 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Nice to know about postagram! But I guess I’m still very much a paper and pen person when it comes to postcard! So I’ll probably stick to it 😉

    I have a few recommendations: Roadtrippers, Packpoint and Citymaps2go! Hope this helps other travelllers! x

    love, Jing

    March 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Check out locol (, it’s like an a local instagram photo feed for travelers to find cool stuff to do nearby, or to share their experiences with the next travelers to come along.

    March 31, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Awesome apps! I’ll be using some of these for my up coming trips to Brasil and Europe.

    March 31, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the list and the great blog overall ! Some of those apps are new to me indeed and they look interesting.
    I personally cannot go anywhere without Foursquare. I know it’s not new but that’s for me the go-to app when traveling and discovering places like locals. I have been leaving hundreds of tips around the world and it helped me find the best “out-of-the-way” locations and local joints every where and every time. Love it !

    March 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I really like Postagram and Trailhead (I haven’t heard of those before)! Thanks for sharing. I did a similar post before here: Best Travel Apps

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    March 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Yes, I haven’t heard those. Thanks for post.

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    March 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    These are all new to me – fantastic!

    I’m still yet to find a great food travel app I like. I know of a few, but I’m not quite in love with any of them. Does anyone know of any?

    March 31, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Wikitude seems amazing! I am so excited to try it! My go to app is tripadvisor but everyone has heard of that!

    Karisa @ Flirting with the Globr
    March 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I love tripit! I haven’t heard of postagram though- sounds like a great deal
    For $0.99! I can’t wait to try it!

    Thea J
    March 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Stay is an amazing app, saved me when walking in Amsterdam searching for my hotel and is going to be used in NYC this summer!

    Mark Moser
    March 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing. However honestly “travel apps you have never heard of?” TripIt has been around for years and many travellers appreciate this and other ones you list…

    Thanks Julia for mentioning AroundMe! This one has often saved me 🙂

    Justin Parfitt
    March 31, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hey Brooke, we created HeyLets, a social city and travel guide that’s available for free for iPhone. It’s built around recommendations rather than reviews, so there’s no wading through a ton of negative reviews from people you have nothing in common with, and it’s a lot more fun! You get a feed of experience recommendations that match your interests, both in your home city as well as in 91 countries around the world. You can add your own experiences on HeyLets, so it’s like a travel journal where you share your adventures with people that enjoy the same things as you. HeyLets launched in November and since then there have been hundreds of thousands of experiences posted. Although we’re based in San Francisco we started off in Australia so there’s a heap of content there. Just search for ‘HeyLets’ on the app store or download it here: I hope you think HeyLets makes the grade for #10! Cheers, Justin

    Natalie Howard
    March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

    The North Face app is gone now 🙁 Or has totally changed into something else

    March 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I’m an android user. I couldn’t find Postagram – is there an android version?

    March 31, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing these! I’ve searched countless times for good travel apps, and I surprisingly have not come across any of these until now. I am especially excited to try out Postagram. I am obsessed with post cards and love sending them to my loved ones, but sometimes logistically it can be tricky to do so while traveling. To have the convenience of doing it from my phone with my own photo is incredible, and not to mention, it’s such a great deal when you factor in the typical cost of postage. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that when I backpack through Europe next year!

    March 31, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Howdy! I cant believe HeyLets is not on this list! The rest of them on your list are great, but HeyLets is definitely top 10.

    March 31, 2015 at 9:57 am

    That postagram sounds amazing!

    March 31, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I’ve never heard of Postagram before but it looks awesome. Considering I love postcards and sending them, and having my own photos on it. That’s awesome.

    Adelaide Haynes
    March 31, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Postagram sounds awesome! Wish I had it when I was backpacking Europe!

    Kamlesh Koladiya
    March 31, 2015 at 9:25 am

    All you need is offline map while traveling which includes popular places, insider tips and many more exciting things.. so go for “City Maps 2Go” by Ulmon.
    Awesome app….

    March 31, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Is there anyone who knows an Android alternative to Trailhead by North Face? It sounds like a great app but I can’t seem to find it on Google Play!

    I love using tumblr and searching tags of the cities and countries that I am visiting or thinking about visiting, it gives an amazing photographic view of the places I put on my bucket list!

    This one isn’t purely travel related, but I also love using Shazam while overseas, because the hit songs overseas are always a little different to the ones at home, so I love being able to find out the songs I’m listening to in shops or whatever! I love how Shazam can save the clip that you recorded, and it will look it up later, which works perfectly for when you don’t have data or access to wifi!

    March 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

    what about “raw” travel like it used to be in the olden days where there were no apps? just travel books… isn’t that just more exciting?!

    Rachel Oliver
    March 31, 2015 at 8:38 am

    aah these apps sound amazing! can’t believe i haven’t heard of any of these, especially loving the postcard one 🙂

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    March 31, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Never heard of postagram but absolutely love the idea! I may have to use download that app and give it a try.

    Thanks for compiling this list!


    Karen Roemer
    March 31, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Heading to Istanbul and Italy in a couple weeks! Love Postagram that is so smart and original. Can’t wait to use it abroad next month!

    Jake Ryan
    March 31, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I come into this post with the “Bet I’ve heard of them all” attitude and you got me…I have barely used, or heard of any of these.

    Thanks 😀


    March 31, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Thanks! Some are new for me.)

    Bikeshare gives you the information about public bike rentals in a new place.

    Erin Atencio
    March 31, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I love these apps! There is a new travel app in the beta testing phase currently that is my new favorite. The link to the beta site is copied below if you want to test it out.

    March 31, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I’m obsessed with travel apps at the moment as I’m planning my trip,
    so I’m always looking to discover new ones.
    Didn’t know any of these, so thank you! 🙂

    March 31, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I love this post… I love send Postcard too then i think i try Postgram… Thank you for Sharing

    March 31, 2015 at 7:11 am

    CityMapper, that app is my ride or die! Can’t even begin to explain how many times it has saved my but while I was out and about in Paris at night, and needed to find a way home. Also, AroundMe is great for, well, finding things around you! I usually use it just to track down a supermarket or a bank, but it has tons of options.