Everyone’s heard about TripAdvisor and Yelp, and you more than likely have been swooning over Waze for a while now, but what are the travel apps you may not know about? We did some digging and uncovered some that were new to us, and we’re also making mention of some of the tried and true that are still just as amazing as the first time we used them. Take a look, and then grab your phone — it’s time to download these fab travel apps!
Audio tours have a whole new look thanks to Detour. The free app offers audio walking tours for some of the most popular travel destinations — both domestic and international. And what’s more, you may just recognize the narrator voices, which include folks like Ken Burns, Peter Coyote, Eileen Myles and more. Get the inside scoop on iconic places like The Vatican, Fenway Park and Buckingham Palace to name a few. It’s like a personal tour guide right on your phone.
What do you get when you mix Local Eats, Facebook and Yelp? You get this gem of a travel app. Get recommendations from both travel pros and your personal network — where to eat, things to do, whatever. It’s all here including distances from where you are, pricing info, reviews, the ability to “like” and bookmark. This one really has it all!
If it’s good enough for National Geographic, it’s good enough for us, and NG did indeed give Viator a nod of approval. Here’s why. First off, it’s owned by TripAdvisor, so it’s got a solid reputation backing it. But it’s also a massive database of ideas for how to spend your time wherever your travels take you. Search for activities by date or by map. Peruse videos, book tours, get pricing and read reviews — truly, this is a trove of info with (according to Viator) more than 60,000 things to do! There’s never enough time, is there?
This free app is a like an insider tour guide at your fingertips. The travel publisher has years of experience cultivating the very best of travel, both international and domestic, and it’s all neatly put together in this handy app. Currency converter, offline maps, phrasebooks for easier communication in non-English-speaking countries … it’s all here to help you travel to more than 100 destinations including Geneva, Berlin, Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Dubai and so many more.
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A personal favorite, Roadside America has taken my family on some quirky excursions since we first discovered it several years back. Create your account, and you get one region of the United States free of charge. Unlock additional regions for $1.99 each, or unlock all six regions for $5.99. Wherever your U.S. roadtrip takes you, keep Roadside America open — you can make your way to unusual sites you’d never otherwise seek out. Big Mike’s Mystery House (Cave City, KY), Snake Alley (Burlington, IA), a Glockenspiel clock tower (New Ulm, MN), Eggbeater Jesus (Huntsville, AL), Hillbilly Garden (Calvert City, KY), a gigantic Superman statue (Metropolis, IL), Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan (Brandon, IA) and Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store (Jordan, MN) are just a handful of the silly but nonetheless impressive sites we’ve seen thanks to Roadside America. Peruse your options, and tap a heart on the ones you want to check out. And if you’ve visited them, leave your rating. SB TIP: Typically anything with 3 out of 5 smiley face water towers (the official Roadside America rating system) is truly worth a detour. Magic awaits off the beaten path!
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