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Five Essential Travel Apps

Aug 6, 2013

by Robin Schroffel

wififinderFree WiFi Finder

Take the guesswork out of finding WiFi and simply head straight for the source with the Free WiFi Finder app. It maps out the locations of free public WiFi connections in more than 100 countries worldwide, with options to scan near you or worldwide.

Download the latest version of the searchable offline finder in advance so you’ll always know where to go to get on the grid, even when you’re off it.

Android, iPhone; Free



Sure, your confirmation documents are there somewhere – buried deep in your inbox, most likely.

It might just be easier to let TripIt handle things. Forward your confirmation emails to TripIt’s address and the app automatically populates your itinerary with elements like flights, rental vehicles and hotels.

Take advantage of the app’s enhanced services, like frequent flyer point tracking, by signing up for TripIt Pro.

Android, iPhone; Free. Pro subscription, $48.99


hipmunkHipmunk Flights & Hotels

Take the pain out of comparison shopping for flights and hotels. Flights are sortable by price, departure time and – perhaps most importantly – agony, and you can book from the app or have a link sent to your email.

Hotels, visible in list view or map, are sorted by price, user reviews, stars, and profiles are comprehensive and detailed with clickable booking options direct from the app. Properties are even searchable by proximity to your current location, which helps when you’re in a bind.

Android, iPhone; Free



Hire a sleek black private car in more than 30 cities worldwide simply by sending a request through the Uber app.

Currently available in cities like Toronto, New York, Seattle and Amsterdam, Uber brings both simplicity and comfort to transportation while travelling. The app keeps your credit card on file, and Uber’s fare, plus a 20 per cent gratuity, is automatically charged so no cash exchanges hands.

The system is self-policing, too: drivers rate passengers and vice-versa, ensuring full accountability.

Android, iPhone; Free


mapwithmeMapsWithMe Pro

Lost without your phone’s map but not happy with the huge roaming fees that come with using it?

Spend a few minutes on WiFi before your trip downloading MapsWithMe’s fully functional, highly detailed GPS-integrated offline maps.

The whole world is at your fingertips, complete with landmarks, points of interest and other pertinent travel information like hospitals and hotels for everything from the biggest cities to the tiniest backwater towns.Browsing is easy, but the app is also searchable and its bookmarking option lets you pin places you mean to visit or don’t want to forget.

Android, iPhone; $4.99


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