Our Favorite (Free) Travel Apps

Everyone brings their smartphones everywhere these days, even to places they may not need it - to the gym, to the toilet, in the shower (yes, the shower), and the list goes on. If you’re leaving the country, chances are you still plan to bring your mobile device with you. Also, chances are, you’ll score some free Wi-Fi around town and will be able tweet, tag and instagram all the memories you make.

Your favorite social media networks are great for displaying the adventure, but what about some travel apps to help you create it? Sure, you can ask your followers which pastry you should try or which show you should see after dinner, and you can even see what’s trending at your destination, but there are a few handy-dandy applications that will provide greater assistance along the way.

1. Foursquare (iPhone, Android, Window, Blackberry & WebOS)

As you may have guessed by the picture above, this is a wonderful app for travelers. You can check into places, gain points and even score discounted or free stuff. Foursquare is also great for showing users which spots are “trending” around town, according to how many people have been there recently. Download it now, and see what all the buzz is about!

2. Yelp (iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry & Palm)

This one is great for multiple reasons. First, like all great apps, it’s very easy to navigate. Plug in your city of choice, and start searching for restaurants, hotels, attractions and more, for real, down-to-earth and insightful reviews from users all over the world. If you’d like an eatery with a view of the Eiffel Tower, you can see where the scones are fresh and the coffee is most flavorful. Whatever you’re looking for, Yelp users and their opinions can help.

3. GasBuddy (iPhone, Android, Windows & Blackberry)

Road-trippers, this one is for you. The title says it all. If you need some gas, this app is your buddy. Their website has been around for years, as a trusted source for up-to-date gas prices, and the mobile version is the answer to all our little smartphone prayers. When you’re riding down the highway and passing signs for upcoming stations, you’ll be able to check and see if you’d really like to stop and fill up the tank.

4. Uber (iPhone & Android)

We’ve mentioned this one before… and then again, here. In case you can’t tell, we really like Uber. If you’re lost in an unfamiliar big city, Uber is the friend you can count on. Just activate your GPS, request a driver and wait for the cavalry to come to your directionless rescue. Maybe you’re just tired from taking the subway all day, or your feet are worn out from walking around the entire afternoon. Frankly, sometimes you just need a ride, and Uber is about as reliable as they come. Click here to see a list of available cities.

5. Poynt (iPhone, Android & Blackberry)

Last, but certainly not least, is Poynt. This mobile application got its start on Blackberry’s operating platform, and has since expanded to today’s most popular devices. As the name suggests, it will “point” you in the direction of whatever you’re looking for: grocery stories, ATMs, walking trails, restaurants, events, gas stations and it will also provide upcoming movie times for theaters in your area. In case Foursquare and Yelp don’t help you find what you’re looking for, Poynt is always another great resource.

If there are any apps you couldn’t possible travel without, please share in the comments. Also be on the lookout for Reserve123′s very own mobile application, now in the works!

Happy travels!


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