The winner and my pick for the best app for travelers is none other than TripAdvisor. You may be familiar with its name, and that is because it has been a travel website for years that has attracted millions of users. TripAdvisor is a one-stop shop for many different travel related features and information. Wherever you are going and whatever you want to do when you're there, TripAdvisor can help. There are over 350 Million reviews on this site and these are highly informative and I have personally used dozens of them when looking into places to travel to, resorts and hotels to stay at and things to do and see while I am on vacation. It is a great way to see the quality of the restaurants, hotels, resorts and more, right from the fingertips of people who have visited them. Planning and researching your trip in one place has never been so easy and effective.
Many of these reviews are extremely informative and due to the millions and millions of people that use this app and service, there is always new and up to date reviews on almost anywhere you could be considering traveling to. Each and every day there are new things to read about resorts, cities, hotels and more. These reviews often come complete with pictures and opinions which can really help you get a taste of where you want to travel to, before even leaving. TripAdvisor should be one of the first places you look to when you are looking to take a little vacation and do some traveling. And there is no need to worry about skewed or inaccurate reviews as the community here is large enough that a few biased or bitter reviews of a particular location won't spoil it. Of course, once you do some traveling yourself, there is the option to add your own reviews to TripAdvisor as well. The app also tracks and shows others how many reviews you have made and whatnot.
While many people do indeed use Tripadvisor primarily for reading reviews, there is so much more that the service and app can do when it comes to your travel needs which make it the most comprehensive app on this list. In fact, you can actually book your trip right from the app itself, which is a rare feature. You can look at flights and hotel reservations right from the app, which saves you from having to visit a number of different sites or apps. It even compares the prices from various different sources so you don't have to. The app also includes destination guides, which can give you pertinent info about a number of different places that will help your travels to those locations be even easier.
One problem that people often encounter when visiting new places is being able to navigate the cities and country. At home, most of us can use our phones as GPS devices to give us turn by turn directions to anywhere we want. But when you are traveling to other countries, you will be hit with MASSIVE roaming charges if you try and do this. Thankfully, TripAdvisor even has you covered here. You can download maps to over 300 different worldwide cities onto your phone, which allows you to navigate without having to use roaming and data.
However, even if you are not looking to travel far and wide to many different countries, this app still holds value to you. This is because the app has a "near me now" feature that shows you cool restaurants, attractions, and hotels right near where you are, any time of the day. This is great even if you are just looking for a great place to go for dinner or looking for something cute to do for a first date. Even if you are bored on the bus or at your home, you can just browse what type of cool and different interesting things there are to do near your current location.
On top of all the great features and information that this app contains, it also has a very simple and good-looking interface. The app is designed very cleanly, which helps provide all that information and content without being too cluttered or busy. There are no unnecessary distractions that can take your attention away from what matters. TripAdvisor also has a very active forum section in which hundreds and thousands of travelers answer questions and offer advice on a number of different travel related questions and concerns. There are also cool additions in the app such as "My Trips" which gives you a list of trips you have taken and booked. Also, there is a timeline included that gives you a little look at all the different places you have visited throughout your travels.
This app is also completely free to use, which is to be expected as the site has been up and running for free for many years. Either way, this app still gives tremendous value for travelers at no cost, which is an extremely good thing. I recommend this app to almost everyone, even if you have no immediate need for a travel app or have travel plans in the near future. The amount of time and stress that this app saves people is huge. No longer will you have to take risks with the restaurants you eat at or the hotels you stay at, as you can now see thousands of reviews in seconds. Though defining a travel app isn't always easy as many types of apps fit under that umbrella, this app offers you more than any other travel app I have encountered. This is why it won the top spot in this crowded and varied space.