Best Travel Apps

by Katie on May 18, 2016

11221710_758958784080_7788536356889706288_nAs always let U.S. Cellular make it easier by using the Parent/Child Cell Phone Agreement to set some ground rules for cell phone and device usage.

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. I received an Apple iPhone6S and am being compensated for my time.

Our family loves to travel and have several trips planned for this summer. As much as I like to use vacations as a time to “unplug” I also can’t deny the fact that my phone has so many helpful features and uses while traveling.  Some of the apps listed below are ones that I use regularly while traveling. What are your favorite apps to use while on the road?


Memorial Day just around the corner and families and friends are packing their bags to kick off the summer travel season. Using smartphones and tablets for travel purposes is on the rise. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 76 percent of smartphone owners used their phone to assist them while traveling in 2015, up from 68 percent in 2014.

With today’s mobile devices, such as iPhone6S, top-rated apps and a nationwide network that works in the middle of anywhere, people can manage transportation, lodging, adventures and dining from the palm of their hand.

With vacation season coming up, U.S. Cellular recommends the following apps to help travelers with everything from planning their journey to finding the best restaurants once they arrive:

    • TripIt: By forwarding confirmation emails from airlines, hotels and restaurants, TripIt creates a detailed itinerary in one place. Users can access their plans on any device. The app also links to Google Maps to provide directions.
    • Uber: Users can avoid taxi lines and get a reliable ride in minutes from Uber. The app connects to a phone’s GPS signal to find a driver near its location and provides a fare estimate. Users also can watch their driver arrive and leave anonymous feedback for future customers.
    • Currency Converter: Traveling outside the United States can present a different set of travel challenges, including determining the exchange rate. This app contains more than 190 currencies and updates exchange rates frequently. Users also can set favorites used most often for quick access.
    • OpenTable: New food and restaurants are often highlights of any trip and finding the best options in a new city can be a challenge sometimes. With this app, travelers can read reviews, look at menus and make reservations. If plans change, travelers can make adjustments through the app.
    • Dropbox: This is commonly used to share work files and store other important documents, and it can be used for travel as well. Create a picture folder to upload photos at the end of each day. This frees up memory on a device and ensures users have properly stored their memories.

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