“This may not be the prettiest app, but it is definitely one that’s worth having on hand,” Ward writes. “The app features pre-downloaded maps of cities. … It’s essentially Google Maps, but without the need for a wireless Internet connection.”
This app can make a world of difference if you’re trying to conserve smartphone data. Plus, it can get you out of a bind if you’re lost without cell service.
This app lets you browse thousands of two-for-one deals for restaurants, attractions, activities, spas and hotels and redeem the offers straight from your phone. “[It] actually maps out places where active coupons are available and you can go in and just show the coupon through the app and you get the deal,” writes Ward.
The Entertainer is currently limited to about 40 cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
TripIt is a travel planning app that keeps all of your travel information in one place. “This app definitely comes in handy if you want to have quick access to your booking, itineraries, etc., while traveling,” says Ward.
If you upgrade to TripIt Pro, which Ward has, the app will give you real-time flight alerts, find alternative flight options, and alert you if a better seat opens up on your flight.
Ward puts it best: “This one was a no-brainer. It’s also pretty obvious.”