Best Apps and Websites for Travelers

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Tate Guide to Modern-Art Terms

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    Don’t leave home without our short list of essential digital tools to help you travel smarter.

    From April 2014 By

    Nothing deflates the thrill of setting out on a weekend getaway quite like a traffic jam. But there’s little excuse for getting stuck these days thanks to apps like Waze, which has 50 million members contributing everything from accident alerts to the cheapest gas stations.

    Waze is the most reliable real-time navigation app—and one of the hundreds of apps and websites we road-tested to help you travel smarter. What did we find? First, that the big names in online travel planning, such as Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Priceline, continue to improve by offering a broader range of services and streamlining the user experience.

    But apps like HotelTonight and Tingo are making it easier to find the perfect hotel—and get the most bang for your buck—even at the last minute. In fact, once you arrive in your destination, there are all kinds of clever services that can provide you with up-to-the-minute recommendations and tips. Museums of the World, for instance, uses your current location to pull up details about area galleries and exhibitions.

    Read on for a cheat sheet of travel apps and websites to keep on hand, whether you’re preparing to book a flight or navigate a new city.

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Museums of the World

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    Best for Art: Museums of the World

    Museums of the World uses your current location to deliver a comprehensive list of nearby galleries and exhibitions. The intuitive, clean interface compiles thousands of listings for institutions across Europe and beyond, each containing all the details you’ll need—hours of operation, addresses, phone numbers, and, often, notes on both permanent and special collections. museu.ms

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

  • Best Apps and Websites: CheapAir

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    Hands-Free Service: CheapAir

    You don’t even need a keyboard to canvass your options with this app: the Siri of flight booking delivers detailed results in an easy-to-scan design based on your voice commands. Its natural-language-processing technology means all you have to say is something as simple as “Chicago to Rome, Italy, October 15” to get the itineraries you’re looking for. Payment info is entered the old-fashioned way, though—at least for now. cheapair.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: TripWatcher

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    Real-Time Airfare Price Alerts: TripWatcher

    This past May, Hotwire launched a new service called TripWatcher.com, which offers real-time alerts for airfare drops on the routes you’re interested in booking. The site will send you the best new price as soon as it’s available—either via e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook—making it the fastest new way to snag a bargain.

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Makayama Architecture Pocket Guide

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    Best for Architecture: Makayama Architecture Pocket Guide

    Finding an app that can tell you about Rome’s Colosseum? Easy. Finding one that can tell you about Renzo Piano’s Auditorium Parco della Musica? Not so simple. Enter Makayama, which catalogues 1,000-plus 20th- and 21st-century buildings, searchable by city, architect, or proximity. Try it alongside Phaidon’s Architecture Travel Guide ($15, iOS), where you’ll find under-the-radar gems, such as Santiago Calatrava’s Turning Torso tower in Malmö, Sweden. $3.99. makayama.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: Routehappy

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    Smarter Search: Routehappy

    Price may be the most important factor when booking a flight—but it’s not the only one. Enter Routehappy, whose “intelligent” searches one-up Hipmunk’s agony index (which prioritizes flights by a combination of length and price), scoring each route based on age and type of plane, in-flight entertainment options, legroom, traveler feedback, Wi-Fi availability, cabin layout, and more—all in a slick, clear interface. routehappy.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: GetGoing

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    Not-So-Mystery Flight Deals: GetGoing

    Part Priceline, part The Price Is Right, GetGoing’s unique “Pick Two, Get One” feature allows travelers to choose itineraries for two destinations, enter their payment details, and leave the final decision of where they’re going in the computer’s hands. The payoff? Deep discounts of up to 40 percent off, which airlines won’t extend to (less flexible) business travelers. The catch: tickets are nonrefundable and non-changeable. getgoing.com

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites: Rocketmiles

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    Rocketmiles

    Book your hotel stay through this pioneering site, and you’ll get a nice kickback: thousands of airline points with your preferred carrier. rocketmiles.com

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: UNESCO World Heritage

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    Best for History: UNESCO World Heritage

    UNESCO’s register of World Heritage sites reads like a ready-made bucket list, so it’s only fitting that you can take it on the go and start checking things off. From classic monuments, such as the Acropolis, to lesser-known sites, including the medieval fair town of Provins, an hour outside Paris, this app unlocks Europe’s cultural treasures with photos, descriptions, maps, and historical insights. Don’t think you’ll hit all 981 sites worldwide? Star your favorites to create a customized short list. $2.99. whc.unesco.org

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Google Maps

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    Take to the Streets by Car, Bike, or Foot: Google Maps

    The undisputed king of free navigation apps isn’t just for driving. Enter an address into Google Maps—or use the impressively accurate voice controls—to get turn-by-turn directions for any mode of transit, complete with Street View images for reference. google.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: The new Explore feature lets you find whatever you’re looking for—gas stations; ATM’s; restaurants—all within the app itself.

    Honorable Mentions: MapQuest, Bing Maps

  • Best Apps and Websites: Spotify

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    Ditch Your Playlist: Spotify

    Spotify’s 20 million songs can be streamed free on any mobile device, or accessed offline for a small monthly fee, making the traditional iTunes purchase obsolete. Plus, Spotify is now compatible with the in-dash infotainment systems on Ford vehicles, making it an ideal road-trip companion. spotify.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Download a destination-themed playlist (think Sinatra’s “Three Coins in the Fountain” for Rome, or “California Love” for L.A.) to set the tone for your trip.

    Honorable Mentions: Pandora, Slacker

  • Best Apps and Websites: City Maps 2Go

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    Maps Without the Roaming: City Maps 2Go Lite

    There’s no shortage of good, free navigation apps, but most of them still require a data connection. Not so with Maps2Go, which offers more than 6,700 maps from around the globe. And it’s not limited to city centers, either: even small towns like Telluride, Colorado, are covered. Your first two maps are free; unlimited access runs a mere $2.99. ulmon.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Cruise Finder

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    Pick The Perfect Cruise—and Stateroom: Cruise Finder

    Browse itineraries for 32 cruise lines and 310 ships, sorted by size of ship, departure date, destination, or even money-saving deals. Once you’ve mapped out your voyage, detailed deck plans and pictures of ships ensure that you’ll love your cabin, too. icruise.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire

    Honorable Mention: CruiseCritic.com

  • Best Apps and Websites: MileBlaster

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    Keep Track of Your Loyalty Programs: MileBlaster

    This veteran mileage tracker lets you keep tabs on your loyalty points from most major domestic and international airlines (except American and Delta), as well as car-rental agencies and hotel programs such as Starwood Preferred Guest or Hilton HHonors. A nice touch: the service will alert you if your points are set to expire within the next six months. mileblaster.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS

    Honorable Mention: AwardWallet

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Eventseeker

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    Best for Performing Arts: Eventseeker

    Whether you want to catch soprano Anna Netrebko at London’s Royal Albert Hall or hear Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at Vienna’s Wiener Staatsoper, this app provides the tools to make it happen. Enter your destination and dates to find upcoming concerts, festivals, theater performances, and more—or connect to your streaming services (Google Play; Last.fm; Pandora) to get tailored suggestions. While Eventseeker’s focus is on discovery, partnerships with thousands of venues mean tickets are just a tap away. eventseeker.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Flight+

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    Get the First Word on Delays: Flight+

    The ultimate flight-tracking app puts all the info you need—routes, departure and arrival times, seat maps, and more—in an easy-to-navigate tabbed layout. It covers more than 16,000 airports and every major carrier around the globe—plus, you can sync your itinerary with your personal calendar and share details on social media. flight-plus.com

    Runs On: iOS

    Honorable Mention: FlightTrack

  • Best Apps and Websites: Foodspotting

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    Know What to Order: Foodspotting

    In addition to snapping and sharing your meals and browsing user-submitted photos for inspiration, you can also book restaurant reservations directly from the app, now that it’s owned by OpenTable. foodspotting.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Looking for the expert take? Foodspotting lets you canvass recommendations from trusted sources such as T+L, Zagat, and Time Out.

    Honorable Mentions: Ness, Nara

  • Best Apps and Websites: Skyscanner

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    Fly (Affordably) By the Seat of Your Pants: Skyscanner

    If you want to score a bargain flight and are flexible about your destination, try Skyscanner, a fare-finder whose strongest feature forsakes specific arrival cities in favor of whole countries or the globe at large. Prefer to take the train? The service now lets you compare the cost of rail and air travel to select destinations. skyscanner.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: Trip Watcher

  • Best Apps and Websites: Priceline

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    Snag the Sweetest Deal: Priceline

    You know the premise: name your price, enter your payment details, and wait to see if your desired hotel accepts the offer. Now Priceline also offers Express Deals, where travelers can get as much as 45 percent off for booking their hotel based on limited information such as neighborhood and star rating—the property’s name is revealed after you book. priceline.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: Hotwire.com

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Rijksmuseum

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    Museum Guide: The Rijksmuseum

    Listen to some of Amsterdam’s leading contemporary art experts (painter Marc Mulders; designer Ineke Hands) as they discuss the Dutch masters and their greatest works. rijksmuseum.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Skype

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    Stay in Touch: Skype

    Unlike most of its rivals, video- and phone-calling service Skype is available in stunning HD quality on every platform—and even on many new TV’s. This means it’s easy to reach your loved ones via Wi-Fi from anywhere in the world, no matter what kind of smartphone or computer they have, for free. skype.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: Google Hangouts

  • Best Apps and Websites: Viber

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    Stop Worrying About Your Data Limit: Viber

    It won’t cost you a penny to make calls or send texts while you’re away—that is, if you and those you’re contacting are using Viber. What’s more, it works just as well on desktops as it does on mobile devices, making it a cinch to connect with anyone, anywhere. viber.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: WhatsApp

  • Best Apps and Websites: Kayak

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    Book Your Flight, and Then Some: Kayak

    Once a simple flight-finder, Kayak now facilitates everything from rental-car bookings to currency conversion. The newly added Price Forecast uses historical and current fare data to predict airfare fluctuations in the next seven days. kayak.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Use Kayak-powered Yapta.com to book your flight, and you’ll be automatically alerted if there’s a price drop on your itinerary.

    Honorable Mentions: Google Flight Search, Bing Travel

  • Best Apps and Websites: Uber

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    The Traveler’s Take: Uber

    “Taxi e-hail app Uber (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) is brilliant—by far the quickest and easiest way to get on-demand ground transportation when I’m traveling—and it’s rapidly expanding around the world.” —Ivanka Trump, Executive VP of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Tate Guide to Modern-Art Terms

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    Museum Guide: The Tate Guide to Modern-Art Terms

    Learn the distinction between Abject art and abstract art, among other nuances, before taking on London’s largest contemporary collection. $2.99. tate.org.uk

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: HotelTonight

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    Book a Room on the Fly: HotelTonight

    Make same-day reservations at in-demand hotels with this trailblazing app, which has recently grown to cover much of Europe and Mexico in addition to 70-plus cities in the U.S. and Canada. Deals kick off at noon and last until 2 a.m.—or whenever they sell out. hoteltonight.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: A new feature lets you search through user photos to be sure you won’t regret your last-minute choice.

    Honorable Mention: Tonight by Booking.com

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    Find the Flights and Hotels That Make You Smile: Hipmunk

    With its pioneering “Agony Index,” Hipmunk scores itineraries based on a wide array of factors (layovers, flight duration, and more). Now you can also book hotels directly on the site or app using the “Ecstasy Index,” which has rankings that are based on price, amenities, and reviews. hipmunk.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Integration with Google Calendar makes it easy to manage your itinerary.

  • Best Apps and Websites: TripIt

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    Manage Your Reservations: TripIt

    Keeping track of your flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, and more is free with TripIt, but at $49 per year, the Pro version is worth it: the service helps you rebook a flight in the event of a cancellation, tells you if you’re eligible for a fare refund, and includes a great loyalty-program point tracker (a caveat: American, Delta, and United were not participating at press time). tripit.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: TripIt Pro’s new Seat Tracker feature will scan for blocks of adjacent seats so that families can maximize their chances of sitting together.

  • Best Apps and Websites: Raveable.com

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    User Reviews, Edited: Raveable.com

    Get the skinny on user opinions across the Web at Raveable.com, which culls hotel reviews from multiple sites, including TripAdvisor, Travelocity, and Expedia, and sums them up in a few short sentences. Helpful icons also rank properties based on reports of theft, hidden fees, and that increasingly crucial factor: bedbugs.

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites: Foursquare

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    Build a Spontaneous Itinerary: Foursquare

    Four years and 3 1/2 billion check-ins since its founding, Foursquare has evolved beyond a simple location-sharing app—it also helps you find tips on where to get a drink, eat dinner, or sightsee in your immediate area. Other features double as great planning tools: make lists of the places you want to visit, read tips from friends, and get deals when you check in to certain venues. foursquare.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Musée du Louvre HD

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    Museum Guide: Musée du Louvre HD

    Turn your favorite works into your phone’s wallpaper with the push of a button. $2.99. louvre.fr

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Room 77

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    Pick the Best Room in the House: Room 77

    Whether you’re looking to avoid street noise or just want a little more space, this global database of more than 2,500 floor plans around the world will help you find the room to match your criteria. Book directly on the site, and the Room Concierge service will automatically send your preferences to the hotel. room77.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: If it’s a photo-worthy view you’re after, try the site’s simulator, which provides virtual images of the scene outside your window.

  • Best Apps and Websites: TripAdvisor

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    Get a Second Opinion: TripAdvisor

    More than 100 million user-submitted reviews for hotels, restaurants, and local attractions make this the only public forum you’ll need to query. Connect your Facebook account to the site to see your friends’ critiques and recommendations. tripadvisor.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Wary of your carbon footprint? TripAdvisor’s new GreenLeaders filter lets you find sustainable hotels from coast to coast.

  • Best Apps and Websites: Mosey

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    The Traveler’s Take: Mosey

    Mosey (Web only) lets you create and share custom itineraries for a specific destination—you can find plenty of great things to see and do, and share your own tips with the site’s community.” —Yves Béhar, Industrial designer and founder of design firm Fuseproject

  • Best Apps and Websites: Aha by Harman

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    Spruce up Your On-Road Entertainment: Aha by Harman

    Not only does Aha stream more than 40,000 radio stations from around the world; it also offers dedicated weather and traffic channels for your location. Once you’ve exhausted the top charts, Aha can read you hundreds of novels or provide updates from your Twitter and Facebook accounts. aharadio.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    Honorable Mentions: Stitcher, TuneIn

    T+L Tip: Thanks to integration with a growing list of car companies, you can control what’s playing right on your dashboard.

  • Best Apps and Websites: Seatguru

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    Maximize Your Legroom: SeatGuru

    Never get stuck in the middle again. Just enter your flight number and consult one of SeatGuru’s nearly 800 cabin layout charts, which offer details on legroom, seat-back amenities, recline ability, and proximity to bathrooms. A bonus: when you shop for flights on the site, a built-in key provides a comprehensive snapshot of each plane’s comfort factors. seatguru.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: SeatGuru now has user-submitted photos of airplane cabins and, occasionally, in-flight meals.

    Honorable Mention: Jets

  • Best Apps and Websites: HopStop

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    Master Public Transportation: HopStop

    With maps for more than 600 cities from New York to Moscow, HopStop makes the most complex train systems in the world feel approachable. Enter your starting point and destination and the app yields detailed, step-by-step instructions, including pointers on underground transfers and real-time updates on service changes. hopstop.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: MetrO

  • Best Apps and Websites: TomTom Navigation

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    Get to the Places Your Friends Love: TomTom Navigation

    In addition to providing reliable traffic updates every two minutes, mapping giant TomTom allows you to search for points of interest that your friends have recommended on Facebook and Foursquare—all without leaving the app. Looking for the scenic spot your college roommate posted about? The latest update will get you there based on a (geo-tagged) picture alone. tomtom.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS; $49.99

    Honorable Mention: Magellan RoadMate On-the-Go

  • Best Apps and Websites: Waze

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    Avoid the Traffic Jam: Waze

    The most reliable real-time navigation app, Waze has 50 million members contributing up-to-the-minute information, from accident alerts to the cheapest gas stations. Other notifications—traffic slowdowns, speed traps, and construction zones—are just as helpful. Plus, hands-free voice controls make it safe for solo drivers. waze.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Having friends pick you up at the airport? Connect Waze to Facebook to see where they are.

  • Best Apps and Websites: AirBnB

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    Sleep Like a Local: AirBnB

    The pioneer of peer-to-peer travel now has more than 300,000 properties for rent in 192 countries, offering everything from a Brooklyn loft to a castle in Ireland. The site is more reliable than ever, thanks to a new secure-payment system, generous property protection, and the recently added AirBnB Verified ID feature, which requires renters and hosts to validate their identities. airbnb.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    Honorable Mentions: HomeAway, vrbo.com

  • Best Apps and Websites: White Noise

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    The Traveler’s Take: White Noise

    “I can’t sleep without White Noise ($1.99; Android, iOS) anymore. It blocks out street noise in city hotels, and the ‘crickets’ track reminds me of the rain forest.” —Philippe Cousteau Jr., Explorer and president, EarthEcho International

  • Best Apps and Websites: Boingo Wi-Finder

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    Bypass Pricey Hotel Wi-Fi: Boingo Wi-Finder

    Dedicated hot-spot service Boingo Wireless provides access to more than 700,000 mobile hot spots in airports, hotels, and other public places across the globe, all via its app. It costs as little as $7.95 a month for global access. But even the most expensive plan—which provides 2,000 minutes of worldwide service—runs $59 a month, bringing it down to just $2 a day. boingo.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Members can also access Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet, thanks to a partnership with Gogo Inflight.

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: Geneo

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    Custom-Tailored Flight Results: Geneo

    Answer a few basic questions about your flight preferences (layover length; chosen airlines; departure times), and the Geneo app—by tech giant Fareportal—will filter results based on your criteria. Like a Pandora for travel, it becomes more intuitive about your needs the more you use it—and its clean, minimalist aesthetic makes searching feel fun. itunes.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Momondo

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    City-Hop in Europe: Momondo

    There’s no better tool for booking intra-Europe flights. The search engine aggregates data from more than 700 carriers and sites, including EasyJet and Opodo.com (the Kayak of Europe). Recent additions include the Best Fit flight search, an intelligent search capability that rates itineraries on a combination of price and scheduling factors. momondo.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS

    T+L Tip: Momondo Places, a new spin-off app, offers concise guides to six cities, each tailored to your personal travel style (family, romantic, or luxurious, for instance).

  • Best Apps and Websites: Tingo

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    Don’t Pay More Than Your Neighbor: Tingo

    There’s little worse than finding a better deal at your hotel just days after booking. Enter Tingo, which automatically rebooks you at a lower rate should one pop up on its site—or lands you a free upgrade should a better room become available at a lesser price. Unlike competitors that offer price matching, Tingo has no limit on the amount it will refund its users. According to the site’s data, 44 percent of reservations are refunded or upgraded, with an average savings of $54.30. tingo.com

    Runs On: Web only

    Honorable Mention: BackBid.com

  • Best Apps and Websites: Google Translate

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    Communicate with the Locals: Google Translate

    With 64 languages available for written and spoken translation, Google Translate is comprehensive, easy to use, and, best of all, free. Where once you needed a costly data connection to use its services, the app now offers downloadable language packs for Android users that can be accessed offline. google.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    Honorable Mentions: Jibbigo, Verbalizeit

  • Best Apps and Websites: mPassport

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    Find a Doctor: mPassport

    If you get sick, injured, or need a prescription filled on the road, mPassport’s searchable database lists more than 6,700 reputable doctors and 1,500 vetted clinics around the world. The recommended doctors speak English, but the app also suggests translations for common symptoms, ailments, and prescriptions. mpassport.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: The service is free for anyone who has HTH Travel Insurance; otherwise, annual access can be purchased for $34.95.

    Honorable Mention: ZocDoc

  • Best Apps and Websites: Yelp

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    Find the Nearest Anything: Yelp

    Despite being a little hit-or-miss in terms of accuracy—its data can get outdated quickly—Yelp still has the greatest volume of local information, with 39 million crowdsourced reviews and 50 million listings from 21 countries. The search function yields dozens of results, even for such narrow categories as “pizzerias,” while built-in images, menus, maps, and directions add to its practicality. yelp.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Yelp has begun adding health ratings to restaurant listings in certain cities. At press time, data was available for San Francisco and Louisville, with New York and Philadelphia coming soon.

    Honorable Mentions: AroundMe, Google Local

  • Best Apps and Websites: Instagram

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    Share Your Travels with the Push of a Button: Instagram

    The most popular photo-sharing app now lets you shoot and edit 15-second video clips. As with photographs, there’s a range of fun, vintage-style filters to apply to your reels, and thanks to the app’s integration with Facebook, you can also tag friends, family, or even the destinations featured in your footage. instagram.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Although there’s no Instagram app for Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 users, the program can be accessed via third-party apps such as Instagraph for Windows Phone and Instago for BlackBerry.

    Honorable Mentions: Vine, Cinemagram

  • Best Apps and Websites: iTranslate

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    The Traveler’s Take: iTranslate

    iTranslate (Android, iOS) always comes in handy when I’m abroad—it’ll take any sentence in any language and translate it into English.” —Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award–winning chef and owner of New York’s WD~50 and Alder

  • Best Apps and Websites: Duolingo

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    Duolingo

    The best new way to learn a language is also completely free: so far, 5 million-plus users have signed up for Duolingo’s quick, effective lesson plans in six languages. duolingo.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Stray Boots

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    Stray Boots

    Like a cross between a walking tour and a scavenger hunt, Stray Boots lets you purchase short, downloadable itineraries in 16 cities, from gallery-hopping in New York’s SoHo to a historic look at Seattle’s Pioneer Square. strayboots.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Weather Channel

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    Don’t Get Caught in the Rain: The Weather Channel

    Its unbeatable level of detail includes hour-by-hour forecasts, video news updates, pollen maps, and more. Input your trip dates on the dedicated travel tool (currently limited to iOS) and you’ll see weather patterns for your destination; as your departure approaches, the site will also provide the most current forecasts. weather.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mentions: AccuWeather, WeatherBug

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: Pintrips

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    Side-by-Side Flight Comparisons: Pintrips

    Used to shopping across countless browser tabs? Pintrips acts like a digital bulletin board, letting you compare flights from multiple sites (say, two from Delta, three from Orbitz, and two from Priceline) all on one page. Fares are updated in real time as they change, and you can invite others to access your boards and add to them—perfect for group planning. pintrips.com

    Runs On: Web only

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  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Tate Guide to Modern-Art Terms

    Nothing deflates the thrill of setting out on a weekend getaway quite like a traffic jam. But there’s little excuse for getting stuck these days thanks to apps like Waze, which has 50 million members contributing everything from accident alerts to the cheapest gas stations.

    Waze is the most reliable real-time navigation app—and one of the hundreds of apps and websites we road-tested to help you travel smarter. What did we find? First, that the big names in online travel planning, such as Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Priceline, continue to improve by offering a broader range of services and streamlining the user experience.

    But apps like HotelTonight and Tingo are making it easier to find the perfect hotel—and get the most bang for your buck—even at the last minute. In fact, once you arrive in your destination, there are all kinds of clever services that can provide you with up-to-the-minute recommendations and tips. Museums of the World, for instance, uses your current location to pull up details about area galleries and exhibitions.

    Read on for a cheat sheet of travel apps and websites to keep on hand, whether you’re preparing to book a flight or navigate a new city.

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Museums of the World

    Best for Art: Museums of the World

    Museums of the World uses your current location to deliver a comprehensive list of nearby galleries and exhibitions. The intuitive, clean interface compiles thousands of listings for institutions across Europe and beyond, each containing all the details you’ll need—hours of operation, addresses, phone numbers, and, often, notes on both permanent and special collections. museu.ms

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

  • Best Apps and Websites: CheapAir

    Hands-Free Service: CheapAir

    You don’t even need a keyboard to canvass your options with this app: the Siri of flight booking delivers detailed results in an easy-to-scan design based on your voice commands. Its natural-language-processing technology means all you have to say is something as simple as “Chicago to Rome, Italy, October 15” to get the itineraries you’re looking for. Payment info is entered the old-fashioned way, though—at least for now. cheapair.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: TripWatcher

    Real-Time Airfare Price Alerts: TripWatcher

    This past May, Hotwire launched a new service called TripWatcher.com, which offers real-time alerts for airfare drops on the routes you’re interested in booking. The site will send you the best new price as soon as it’s available—either via e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook—making it the fastest new way to snag a bargain.

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Makayama Architecture Pocket Guide

    Best for Architecture: Makayama Architecture Pocket Guide

    Finding an app that can tell you about Rome’s Colosseum? Easy. Finding one that can tell you about Renzo Piano’s Auditorium Parco della Musica? Not so simple. Enter Makayama, which catalogues 1,000-plus 20th- and 21st-century buildings, searchable by city, architect, or proximity. Try it alongside Phaidon’s Architecture Travel Guide ($15, iOS), where you’ll find under-the-radar gems, such as Santiago Calatrava’s Turning Torso tower in Malmö, Sweden. $3.99. makayama.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: Routehappy

    Smarter Search: Routehappy

    Price may be the most important factor when booking a flight—but it’s not the only one. Enter Routehappy, whose “intelligent” searches one-up Hipmunk’s agony index (which prioritizes flights by a combination of length and price), scoring each route based on age and type of plane, in-flight entertainment options, legroom, traveler feedback, Wi-Fi availability, cabin layout, and more—all in a slick, clear interface. routehappy.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: GetGoing

    Not-So-Mystery Flight Deals: GetGoing

    Part Priceline, part The Price Is Right, GetGoing’s unique “Pick Two, Get One” feature allows travelers to choose itineraries for two destinations, enter their payment details, and leave the final decision of where they’re going in the computer’s hands. The payoff? Deep discounts of up to 40 percent off, which airlines won’t extend to (less flexible) business travelers. The catch: tickets are nonrefundable and non-changeable. getgoing.com

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites: Rocketmiles

    Rocketmiles

    Book your hotel stay through this pioneering site, and you’ll get a nice kickback: thousands of airline points with your preferred carrier. rocketmiles.com

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: UNESCO World Heritage

    Best for History: UNESCO World Heritage

    UNESCO’s register of World Heritage sites reads like a ready-made bucket list, so it’s only fitting that you can take it on the go and start checking things off. From classic monuments, such as the Acropolis, to lesser-known sites, including the medieval fair town of Provins, an hour outside Paris, this app unlocks Europe’s cultural treasures with photos, descriptions, maps, and historical insights. Don’t think you’ll hit all 981 sites worldwide? Star your favorites to create a customized short list. $2.99. whc.unesco.org

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Google Maps

    Take to the Streets by Car, Bike, or Foot: Google Maps

    The undisputed king of free navigation apps isn’t just for driving. Enter an address into Google Maps—or use the impressively accurate voice controls—to get turn-by-turn directions for any mode of transit, complete with Street View images for reference. google.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: The new Explore feature lets you find whatever you’re looking for—gas stations; ATM’s; restaurants—all within the app itself.

    Honorable Mentions: MapQuest, Bing Maps

  • Best Apps and Websites: Spotify

    Ditch Your Playlist: Spotify

    Spotify’s 20 million songs can be streamed free on any mobile device, or accessed offline for a small monthly fee, making the traditional iTunes purchase obsolete. Plus, Spotify is now compatible with the in-dash infotainment systems on Ford vehicles, making it an ideal road-trip companion. spotify.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Download a destination-themed playlist (think Sinatra’s “Three Coins in the Fountain” for Rome, or “California Love” for L.A.) to set the tone for your trip.

    Honorable Mentions: Pandora, Slacker

  • Best Apps and Websites: City Maps 2Go

    Maps Without the Roaming: City Maps 2Go Lite

    There’s no shortage of good, free navigation apps, but most of them still require a data connection. Not so with Maps2Go, which offers more than 6,700 maps from around the globe. And it’s not limited to city centers, either: even small towns like Telluride, Colorado, are covered. Your first two maps are free; unlimited access runs a mere $2.99. ulmon.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Cruise Finder

    Pick The Perfect Cruise—and Stateroom: Cruise Finder

    Browse itineraries for 32 cruise lines and 310 ships, sorted by size of ship, departure date, destination, or even money-saving deals. Once you’ve mapped out your voyage, detailed deck plans and pictures of ships ensure that you’ll love your cabin, too. icruise.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire

    Honorable Mention: CruiseCritic.com

  • Best Apps and Websites: MileBlaster

    Keep Track of Your Loyalty Programs: MileBlaster

    This veteran mileage tracker lets you keep tabs on your loyalty points from most major domestic and international airlines (except American and Delta), as well as car-rental agencies and hotel programs such as Starwood Preferred Guest or Hilton HHonors. A nice touch: the service will alert you if your points are set to expire within the next six months. mileblaster.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS

    Honorable Mention: AwardWallet

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Eventseeker

    Best for Performing Arts: Eventseeker

    Whether you want to catch soprano Anna Netrebko at London’s Royal Albert Hall or hear Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at Vienna’s Wiener Staatsoper, this app provides the tools to make it happen. Enter your destination and dates to find upcoming concerts, festivals, theater performances, and more—or connect to your streaming services (Google Play; Last.fm; Pandora) to get tailored suggestions. While Eventseeker’s focus is on discovery, partnerships with thousands of venues mean tickets are just a tap away. eventseeker.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Flight+

    Get the First Word on Delays: Flight+

    The ultimate flight-tracking app puts all the info you need—routes, departure and arrival times, seat maps, and more—in an easy-to-navigate tabbed layout. It covers more than 16,000 airports and every major carrier around the globe—plus, you can sync your itinerary with your personal calendar and share details on social media. flight-plus.com

    Runs On: iOS

    Honorable Mention: FlightTrack

  • Best Apps and Websites: Foodspotting

    Know What to Order: Foodspotting

    In addition to snapping and sharing your meals and browsing user-submitted photos for inspiration, you can also book restaurant reservations directly from the app, now that it’s owned by OpenTable. foodspotting.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Looking for the expert take? Foodspotting lets you canvass recommendations from trusted sources such as T+L, Zagat, and Time Out.

    Honorable Mentions: Ness, Nara

  • Best Apps and Websites: Skyscanner

    Fly (Affordably) By the Seat of Your Pants: Skyscanner

    If you want to score a bargain flight and are flexible about your destination, try Skyscanner, a fare-finder whose strongest feature forsakes specific arrival cities in favor of whole countries or the globe at large. Prefer to take the train? The service now lets you compare the cost of rail and air travel to select destinations. skyscanner.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: Trip Watcher

  • Best Apps and Websites: Priceline

    Snag the Sweetest Deal: Priceline

    You know the premise: name your price, enter your payment details, and wait to see if your desired hotel accepts the offer. Now Priceline also offers Express Deals, where travelers can get as much as 45 percent off for booking their hotel based on limited information such as neighborhood and star rating—the property’s name is revealed after you book. priceline.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: Hotwire.com

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Rijksmuseum

    Museum Guide: The Rijksmuseum

    Listen to some of Amsterdam’s leading contemporary art experts (painter Marc Mulders; designer Ineke Hands) as they discuss the Dutch masters and their greatest works. rijksmuseum.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Skype

    Stay in Touch: Skype

    Unlike most of its rivals, video- and phone-calling service Skype is available in stunning HD quality on every platform—and even on many new TV’s. This means it’s easy to reach your loved ones via Wi-Fi from anywhere in the world, no matter what kind of smartphone or computer they have, for free. skype.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: Google Hangouts

  • Best Apps and Websites: Viber

    Stop Worrying About Your Data Limit: Viber

    It won’t cost you a penny to make calls or send texts while you’re away—that is, if you and those you’re contacting are using Viber. What’s more, it works just as well on desktops as it does on mobile devices, making it a cinch to connect with anyone, anywhere. viber.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: WhatsApp

  • Best Apps and Websites: Kayak

    Book Your Flight, and Then Some: Kayak

    Once a simple flight-finder, Kayak now facilitates everything from rental-car bookings to currency conversion. The newly added Price Forecast uses historical and current fare data to predict airfare fluctuations in the next seven days. kayak.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Use Kayak-powered Yapta.com to book your flight, and you’ll be automatically alerted if there’s a price drop on your itinerary.

    Honorable Mentions: Google Flight Search, Bing Travel

  • Best Apps and Websites: Uber

    The Traveler’s Take: Uber

    “Taxi e-hail app Uber (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) is brilliant—by far the quickest and easiest way to get on-demand ground transportation when I’m traveling—and it’s rapidly expanding around the world.” —Ivanka Trump, Executive VP of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Tate Guide to Modern-Art Terms

    Museum Guide: The Tate Guide to Modern-Art Terms

    Learn the distinction between Abject art and abstract art, among other nuances, before taking on London’s largest contemporary collection. $2.99. tate.org.uk

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: HotelTonight

    Book a Room on the Fly: HotelTonight

    Make same-day reservations at in-demand hotels with this trailblazing app, which has recently grown to cover much of Europe and Mexico in addition to 70-plus cities in the U.S. and Canada. Deals kick off at noon and last until 2 a.m.—or whenever they sell out. hoteltonight.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: A new feature lets you search through user photos to be sure you won’t regret your last-minute choice.

    Honorable Mention: Tonight by Booking.com

  • Find the Flights and Hotels That Make You Smile: Hipmunk

    With its pioneering “Agony Index,” Hipmunk scores itineraries based on a wide array of factors (layovers, flight duration, and more). Now you can also book hotels directly on the site or app using the “Ecstasy Index,” which has rankings that are based on price, amenities, and reviews. hipmunk.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Integration with Google Calendar makes it easy to manage your itinerary.

  • Best Apps and Websites: TripIt

    Manage Your Reservations: TripIt

    Keeping track of your flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, and more is free with TripIt, but at $49 per year, the Pro version is worth it: the service helps you rebook a flight in the event of a cancellation, tells you if you’re eligible for a fare refund, and includes a great loyalty-program point tracker (a caveat: American, Delta, and United were not participating at press time). tripit.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: TripIt Pro’s new Seat Tracker feature will scan for blocks of adjacent seats so that families can maximize their chances of sitting together.

  • Best Apps and Websites: Raveable.com

    User Reviews, Edited: Raveable.com

    Get the skinny on user opinions across the Web at Raveable.com, which culls hotel reviews from multiple sites, including TripAdvisor, Travelocity, and Expedia, and sums them up in a few short sentences. Helpful icons also rank properties based on reports of theft, hidden fees, and that increasingly crucial factor: bedbugs.

    Runs On: Web only

  • Best Apps and Websites: Foursquare

    Build a Spontaneous Itinerary: Foursquare

    Four years and 3 1/2 billion check-ins since its founding, Foursquare has evolved beyond a simple location-sharing app—it also helps you find tips on where to get a drink, eat dinner, or sightsee in your immediate area. Other features double as great planning tools: make lists of the places you want to visit, read tips from friends, and get deals when you check in to certain venues. foursquare.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travelers: Musée du Louvre HD

    Museum Guide: Musée du Louvre HD

    Turn your favorite works into your phone’s wallpaper with the push of a button. $2.99. louvre.fr

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Room 77

    Pick the Best Room in the House: Room 77

    Whether you’re looking to avoid street noise or just want a little more space, this global database of more than 2,500 floor plans around the world will help you find the room to match your criteria. Book directly on the site, and the Room Concierge service will automatically send your preferences to the hotel. room77.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: If it’s a photo-worthy view you’re after, try the site’s simulator, which provides virtual images of the scene outside your window.

  • Best Apps and Websites: TripAdvisor

    Get a Second Opinion: TripAdvisor

    More than 100 million user-submitted reviews for hotels, restaurants, and local attractions make this the only public forum you’ll need to query. Connect your Facebook account to the site to see your friends’ critiques and recommendations. tripadvisor.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Wary of your carbon footprint? TripAdvisor’s new GreenLeaders filter lets you find sustainable hotels from coast to coast.

  • Best Apps and Websites: Mosey

    The Traveler’s Take: Mosey

    Mosey (Web only) lets you create and share custom itineraries for a specific destination—you can find plenty of great things to see and do, and share your own tips with the site’s community.” —Yves Béhar, Industrial designer and founder of design firm Fuseproject

  • Best Apps and Websites: Aha by Harman

    Spruce up Your On-Road Entertainment: Aha by Harman

    Not only does Aha stream more than 40,000 radio stations from around the world; it also offers dedicated weather and traffic channels for your location. Once you’ve exhausted the top charts, Aha can read you hundreds of novels or provide updates from your Twitter and Facebook accounts. aharadio.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    Honorable Mentions: Stitcher, TuneIn

    T+L Tip: Thanks to integration with a growing list of car companies, you can control what’s playing right on your dashboard.

  • Best Apps and Websites: Seatguru

    Maximize Your Legroom: SeatGuru

    Never get stuck in the middle again. Just enter your flight number and consult one of SeatGuru’s nearly 800 cabin layout charts, which offer details on legroom, seat-back amenities, recline ability, and proximity to bathrooms. A bonus: when you shop for flights on the site, a built-in key provides a comprehensive snapshot of each plane’s comfort factors. seatguru.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: SeatGuru now has user-submitted photos of airplane cabins and, occasionally, in-flight meals.

    Honorable Mention: Jets

  • Best Apps and Websites: HopStop

    Master Public Transportation: HopStop

    With maps for more than 600 cities from New York to Moscow, HopStop makes the most complex train systems in the world feel approachable. Enter your starting point and destination and the app yields detailed, step-by-step instructions, including pointers on underground transfers and real-time updates on service changes. hopstop.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mention: MetrO

  • Best Apps and Websites: TomTom Navigation

    Get to the Places Your Friends Love: TomTom Navigation

    In addition to providing reliable traffic updates every two minutes, mapping giant TomTom allows you to search for points of interest that your friends have recommended on Facebook and Foursquare—all without leaving the app. Looking for the scenic spot your college roommate posted about? The latest update will get you there based on a (geo-tagged) picture alone. tomtom.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS; $49.99

    Honorable Mention: Magellan RoadMate On-the-Go

  • Best Apps and Websites: Waze

    Avoid the Traffic Jam: Waze

    The most reliable real-time navigation app, Waze has 50 million members contributing up-to-the-minute information, from accident alerts to the cheapest gas stations. Other notifications—traffic slowdowns, speed traps, and construction zones—are just as helpful. Plus, hands-free voice controls make it safe for solo drivers. waze.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Having friends pick you up at the airport? Connect Waze to Facebook to see where they are.

  • Best Apps and Websites: AirBnB

    Sleep Like a Local: AirBnB

    The pioneer of peer-to-peer travel now has more than 300,000 properties for rent in 192 countries, offering everything from a Brooklyn loft to a castle in Ireland. The site is more reliable than ever, thanks to a new secure-payment system, generous property protection, and the recently added AirBnB Verified ID feature, which requires renters and hosts to validate their identities. airbnb.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    Honorable Mentions: HomeAway, vrbo.com

  • Best Apps and Websites: White Noise

    The Traveler’s Take: White Noise

    “I can’t sleep without White Noise ($1.99; Android, iOS) anymore. It blocks out street noise in city hotels, and the ‘crickets’ track reminds me of the rain forest.” —Philippe Cousteau Jr., Explorer and president, EarthEcho International

  • Best Apps and Websites: Boingo Wi-Finder

    Bypass Pricey Hotel Wi-Fi: Boingo Wi-Finder

    Dedicated hot-spot service Boingo Wireless provides access to more than 700,000 mobile hot spots in airports, hotels, and other public places across the globe, all via its app. It costs as little as $7.95 a month for global access. But even the most expensive plan—which provides 2,000 minutes of worldwide service—runs $59 a month, bringing it down to just $2 a day. boingo.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Members can also access Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet, thanks to a partnership with Gogo Inflight.

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: Geneo

    Custom-Tailored Flight Results: Geneo

    Answer a few basic questions about your flight preferences (layover length; chosen airlines; departure times), and the Geneo app—by tech giant Fareportal—will filter results based on your criteria. Like a Pandora for travel, it becomes more intuitive about your needs the more you use it—and its clean, minimalist aesthetic makes searching feel fun. itunes.com

    Runs On: iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Momondo

    City-Hop in Europe: Momondo

    There’s no better tool for booking intra-Europe flights. The search engine aggregates data from more than 700 carriers and sites, including EasyJet and Opodo.com (the Kayak of Europe). Recent additions include the Best Fit flight search, an intelligent search capability that rates itineraries on a combination of price and scheduling factors. momondo.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS

    T+L Tip: Momondo Places, a new spin-off app, offers concise guides to six cities, each tailored to your personal travel style (family, romantic, or luxurious, for instance).

  • Best Apps and Websites: Tingo

    Don’t Pay More Than Your Neighbor: Tingo

    There’s little worse than finding a better deal at your hotel just days after booking. Enter Tingo, which automatically rebooks you at a lower rate should one pop up on its site—or lands you a free upgrade should a better room become available at a lesser price. Unlike competitors that offer price matching, Tingo has no limit on the amount it will refund its users. According to the site’s data, 44 percent of reservations are refunded or upgraded, with an average savings of $54.30. tingo.com

    Runs On: Web only

    Honorable Mention: BackBid.com

  • Best Apps and Websites: Google Translate

    Communicate with the Locals: Google Translate

    With 64 languages available for written and spoken translation, Google Translate is comprehensive, easy to use, and, best of all, free. Where once you needed a costly data connection to use its services, the app now offers downloadable language packs for Android users that can be accessed offline. google.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    Honorable Mentions: Jibbigo, Verbalizeit

  • Best Apps and Websites: mPassport

    Find a Doctor: mPassport

    If you get sick, injured, or need a prescription filled on the road, mPassport’s searchable database lists more than 6,700 reputable doctors and 1,500 vetted clinics around the world. The recommended doctors speak English, but the app also suggests translations for common symptoms, ailments, and prescriptions. mpassport.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: The service is free for anyone who has HTH Travel Insurance; otherwise, annual access can be purchased for $34.95.

    Honorable Mention: ZocDoc

  • Best Apps and Websites: Yelp

    Find the Nearest Anything: Yelp

    Despite being a little hit-or-miss in terms of accuracy—its data can get outdated quickly—Yelp still has the greatest volume of local information, with 39 million crowdsourced reviews and 50 million listings from 21 countries. The search function yields dozens of results, even for such narrow categories as “pizzerias,” while built-in images, menus, maps, and directions add to its practicality. yelp.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

    T+L Tip: Yelp has begun adding health ratings to restaurant listings in certain cities. At press time, data was available for San Francisco and Louisville, with New York and Philadelphia coming soon.

    Honorable Mentions: AroundMe, Google Local

  • Best Apps and Websites: Instagram

    Share Your Travels with the Push of a Button: Instagram

    The most popular photo-sharing app now lets you shoot and edit 15-second video clips. As with photographs, there’s a range of fun, vintage-style filters to apply to your reels, and thanks to the app’s integration with Facebook, you can also tag friends, family, or even the destinations featured in your footage. instagram.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

    T+L Tip: Although there’s no Instagram app for Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 users, the program can be accessed via third-party apps such as Instagraph for Windows Phone and Instago for BlackBerry.

    Honorable Mentions: Vine, Cinemagram

  • Best Apps and Websites: iTranslate

    The Traveler’s Take: iTranslate

    iTranslate (Android, iOS) always comes in handy when I’m abroad—it’ll take any sentence in any language and translate it into English.” —Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award–winning chef and owner of New York’s WD~50 and Alder

  • Best Apps and Websites: Duolingo

    Duolingo

    The best new way to learn a language is also completely free: so far, 5 million-plus users have signed up for Duolingo’s quick, effective lesson plans in six languages. duolingo.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Stray Boots

    Stray Boots

    Like a cross between a walking tour and a scavenger hunt, Stray Boots lets you purchase short, downloadable itineraries in 16 cities, from gallery-hopping in New York’s SoHo to a historic look at Seattle’s Pioneer Square. strayboots.com

    Runs On: Android, iOS

  • Best Apps and Websites: Weather Channel

    Don’t Get Caught in the Rain: The Weather Channel

    Its unbeatable level of detail includes hour-by-hour forecasts, video news updates, pollen maps, and more. Input your trip dates on the dedicated travel tool (currently limited to iOS) and you’ll see weather patterns for your destination; as your departure approaches, the site will also provide the most current forecasts. weather.com

    Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone

    Honorable Mentions: AccuWeather, WeatherBug

  • Best Apps and Websites for Travel: Pintrips

    Side-by-Side Flight Comparisons: Pintrips

    Used to shopping across countless browser tabs? Pintrips acts like a digital bulletin board, letting you compare flights from multiple sites (say, two from Delta, three from Orbitz, and two from Priceline) all on one page. Fares are updated in real time as they change, and you can invite others to access your boards and add to them—perfect for group planning. pintrips.com

    Runs On: Web only

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