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Android Apps to Help You Plan a Better Vacation

Android Apps for Planning a Vacation

No traveler worth their frequent flier miles can be tied to a cumbersome laptop or tablet. Smartphones are much more in line with the philosophy of “packling light.” Plus, with a smartphone you can take advantage of cheap ticket rates and make accommodations on the go.

These apps are essential for the savvy traveler.

Price: Free
Rating: 5 Stars
Size: 192K
Installs: 1,000,000+

One of the most popular trip-planning websites has gone mobile with the TripAdvisor app for Android. The great part about this app is that most of the information is added by real people. It includes the following features:


  • Search for cheap flights


  • Recommendations for restaurants, hotels, and attractions


  • Over 45,000,000 reviews and pictures by other travelers


  • Ability to add your own reviews and pictures

Google Maps and Street View
Price: Free
Rating: 5 & 4 Stars
Size: 6.4M & 282K
Installs: 50,000,000+ & 5,000,000+

These two companion apps are indispensable while you're on vacation and can do a lot to help you plan ahead too. Use Google Maps to check how far it is from the airport to your hotel then toggle to Google Street View to see what the place looks like.

With the Google Maps Android app, you'll add these features to your phone:


  • GPS navigation system with voice-guided capabilities


  • Destination and restaurant recommendations


  • Location tracking for you and your friends

As a new feature, Google has added Street View navigation capabilities to this set of apps; simply drag "Pegman" around the map and he'll tell you how to get there.

Talk to Me
Price: Free
Rating: 4 Stars
Size: 873K
Installs: 100,000+

This cool Android app is a great add-on if you're visiting a foreign country and you don't speak the native language. It offers real-time, one-tap speech translation, and even produces voices in multiple languages. You’ll never have to guess how to pronounce a difficult word again. Other translators support more languages but this one provides speech-to-speech functionality instead of text-to-speech or speech-to-text options. Currently, Talk to Me works with these languages:


  • English


  • Spanish


  • French


  • German


  • Italian


  • Chinese


  • Japanese


TripIt Travel Organizer
Price: Free
Rating: 4 Stars
Size: 2.2M
Installs: 500,000+

Turn your Android phone into a complete vacation planner with this free app that builds a travel itinerary based on email confirmations. TripIt integrates seamlessly with Gmail and Google apps to do the work for you, but can use any email message forwarded to plans@tripit.

You can also view real-time flight information from TripIt with the Flightstats TripIt Sync app. For this functionality, you'll need the $4.99 Flightstats app and the $2.99 Sync add-on.


Price: Free
Rating: 4 Stars
Size: 3.7M
Installs: 1,000,000+

Unlike other recommendation apps that require an address. Yelp always knows exactly where you are by syncing with your GPS. Tell this app what you're looking for and it’ll provide information on the closest places to eat, sleep, fill up the tank, or have fun. Best of all, Yelp provides a list of reviews from the very best sources: the locals.

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