When you're constantly jet-setting around the globe, there's little opportunity to browse through app stores to find the perfect digital resources for your travel needs.
Before you hop on your next plane, take a look at this list of helpful travel apps. After you download them, you'll be in the best possible position to have a smooth, relaxing trip.
If you're tired of splurging on hotels that don't put you in the heart of the town or city you're visiting, see what you can find on Airbnb. The online marketplace, which allows users to rent out their living spaces to travelers, has a free app for both iOS and Android. Staying at an Airbnb may give you the opportunity to pursue the path less traveled.
The "Search one and done" company has an app that helps you do just as much browsing on your smartphone as you do on your desktop. With the Kayak app ($0.99 for Pro), you can do everything from book flights to rent vehicles.
If there's ever been a need for Google Maps, it's while you're traveling in an unfamiliar place. The free app from Google can give you directions to wherever you want to go. Best of all, it'll tell you the best routes based on how you're traveling (e.g., on foot, via car).
TripAdvisor has taken all of the conveniences of its website and put them into its app. The free app will give you a sneak peek at what other travelers are saying about the places you visit. It can help you decide whether you want to see a particular museum or spend time on a walking tour — and we all know how precious time can be on a short trip.
Available for free on both iOS and Android devices, the Trivago app may be just what you need to make sure you're staying at the best hotel possible on your next vacation. The app has filters that show you the cheapest hotel deals in real-time, and you can compare hotels on Trivago as well.
No matter where you go, one thing is for certain — you're going to need to eat. To ensure that you're having the best of what the town or city has to offer, you'll want to download Zomato. Free on Android and iOS, this app is designed to help you find restaurants near you, wherever you may be. Additionally, you can read reviews about the locations before you choose to dine.
Not everyone excels at planning, so why not let an app do it for you? This iOS and Android app ($0.99 for the pro version) is designed to help you stay on top of everything from departure times to car rentals. Best of all, you can set it to send you push notifications, meaning you won't miss a beat (or a flight) while traveling.
What good would a trip be without anyone to share it with? Of course, you can't bring everyone along for the ride, but the free Postgram app for iOS and Android will solve your sharing problem. This app is designed to help you create postcards from your vacation photos and send them for just $0.99.