Best Apps and Websites for Travelers
Don’t leave home without our short list of essential digital tools to help you travel smarter.
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.