Top 10 Travel Apps to Download

Whether you need a little inspiration to get you off the couch and book those plane tickets, are in the middle of planning that trip you'll take in the coming weeks and months, or are on your way out of town, we've gathered 10 of the best travel apps available (free unless other noted).

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Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot
Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris tries out the new Polaroid InstantShot -- smile! 960 1280

  

uwater MP3 player

uwater MP3 player

If listening to music while swimming or diving is your wish, check out the Uwater Waterproof MP3 player. 960 1280

  

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG unveiled a 55-inch 3D OLED TV that is the thinnest and lightest OLED TV on the market. It features voice and gesture recognition. 960 1280

  

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

There's no need to worry about where your keys are with SimpliciKey. The electronic deadbolt can be opened using a remote control or by simply entering a code into the keypad. 960 1280

  

Zipbuds

Zipbuds

These earphones won't get tangled because of their unique Zipper-integrated cabling. They provide superior sound with comfortable eartips. Zipbuds can be used with iPads, iPods, iPhones, Andriods and other media devices. 960 1280

  

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Chris had the opportunity to try out Mercedes-Benz's Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience (DICE). DICE is an augmented reality-based dashboard that allows users to control features of their car with simple hand movements. Users can also see weather, social media, messages, GPS and more. 960 1280

  

Mobileye Driver Assistance

Mobileye Driver Assistance

The Mobileye 5 Driver Assistance product helps identify situations that could become dangerous, such as lane departures, pedestrian presence and headway monitoring. It can also help control the car by doing things like switching high beams on and off. This model has Bluetooth, so critical real-time warnings can be delivered to a smartphone. 960 1280

  

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

The Casio 3-D Digital Painting tool will transform 2-D images into 3-D masterpieces by either adding subtle texture or making them truly 3-D like the cat in this picture. They hope to have the product on the market soon. 960 1280

  

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

The Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard lets you add a full-sized keyboard to any smartphone. Just attach your device and project the keyboard on a surface so you can type away. 960 1280

  

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

A task as simple as shaving is now enhanced with the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor. Users can select from 3 settings to find the vibration that is best for them. It also has a hydrating gel reservoir that when activated with water releases a gel to soothe skin. 960 1280

  

GorillaMobile kit

GorillaMobile kit

The GorillaMobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile entertainment kit that lets you attach devices such as your smartphone or digital camera to unusual places. It includes adhesive cups, suction cups, rubber foot grips and a camera adapter screw. 960 1280

  

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm lets you turn your iPod, iPhone or any other portable music device into an audio system. The bag includes twin tweeters and woofers to amplify the sound. 960 1280

  

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio's G-Shock Smart Watch is Bluetooth-LE enabled so the watch can connect to your phone and alert you to e-mails, calls and texts, and help you locate your phone if you can't remember where you put it. 960 1280

  

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

The IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security App lets you control up to 9 cameras set up in your home. With the app you can move, tilt or zoom them and power them on or off. 960 1280

  

iBallz tablet protection

iBallz tablet protection

The iBallz are a great way to protect your tablet. They slip onto the corners of your device and prevent damage when it is dropped. You can also use them to position your tablet in a tilt position for typing or watching movies. 960 1280

  

Case-Mate Tank

Case-Mate Tank

These Case-Mate Tank cases are military-grade strength and can stand up to any abuse you put your iPhone through. The retractable screen shield slides into place to prevent cracking and condensation. 960 1280

  

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, are now entering the flash drive market. In the new product, the flash drive can either take the place of the knife or be added onto one. They range in size from 4GB and higher, and some offer a layer of protection that only allows access via fingerprint recognition. 960 1280

  

Bone Collection Horn Stand

Bone Collection Horn Stand

The Bone Collection Horn Stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone, and can also be used to prop the phone in the vertical or horizontal positions. 960 1280

  

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD is a sports case that transforms your iPhone 4S/4/iPod into an HD action sports camera. It is waterproof so it can withstand all types of weather. The case includes an anti-vibration sled to help limit vibrations. 960 1280

  

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Instagram
Instagram

Instagram

Show everyone back home just how hip and well-traveled you are with the Instagram photo app. Load the app's new photo map and see your photos along with those of your friends arranged by location. With the filters and blur effects, you don't have to be a great photographer to capture your travel memories. Check out StickyGram.com, as well, to make your artsy photos into memorable magnets, and relive your vacation every time you get a glass of milk. 960 1280

  

Kayak

Kayak

Kayak’s motto is “search one and done,” and they mean it. The app aggregates information from hundreds of travel sites so you can rest assured that you are getting the best deals available. Compare flight info, hotels and car rentals all with the touch of a few buttons. When it’s time for your trip, use their flight tracker and even get airport info powered by our friends at GateGuru. A word of warning: it’s so easy to whip out your iPhone and book a trip that late-night “what if” conversations might turn into real-life vacations … to the detriment of your bank account. 960 1280

  

Spotify

Spotify

Kill time while at the airport without spending all your money on music downloads or using all of your iPhone's precious memory. With a monthly subscription, get access to every song you could ever want — from brand-new hit singles to those oldie-but-goodies — sans ads. But what do you do when you're up in the air without a 3G or wi-fi connection? Simply save your favorite playlists for off-line use while still on the ground and you're all set to go! 960 1280

  

Yelp

Yelp

The days of regrettable meals are over. Happen to stroll by a restaurant with a delicious-looking menu in the window? There’s no excuse not to whip out that shiny new iPhone and look it up on Yelp. Didn’t get the best reviews? Use the “nearby” feature to find a place that has a few more stars by its name. Just remember, there will always be a few haters – don’t let one bad review spoil the stellar ones. 960 1280

  

Rocket Taxi

Rocket Taxi

If you’re not close to a taxi stand, the Rocket Taxi app is very useful. It’s a location-based app that provides users with phone numbers to taxi cab companies nearby. This app is definitely helpful when you’re stranded or nowhere near public transportation. The 5-star rating system for each cab company is also helps you narrow down your choice. 960 1280

  

Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio

For a free option, nothing beats Pandora for personalized radio on the road. Download the app to your iPhone, get a sound dock, and start playing -- anything you like. Pandora has a genius for selecting popular favorites along with lesser known gems. So you feel like you’re getting what you love, along with exciting music discoveries. Take turns with your buddies indulging in various music playlists, everyone in the car will be happy with this app. 960 1280

  

Layover Guide With Anthony Bourdain

Layover Guide With Anthony Bourdain

Have a layover pending and not sure what to do with your whole 6+ hours of free time? Never fear. The Layover App has you covered in cities like Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong and more cities are on the way! Choose from restaurants, transportation and activities handpicked by Anthony Bourdain, former New York City chef, world-traveler and host of The Layover and No Reservations. Yes, we're patting ourselves on the back here. 960 1280

  

Mountain Project

Mountain Project

For the climber or adventurer in all of us, this app let's you find climbing areas near your location, other nearby POIs and details provided by locals. 960 1280

  

Food Network On the Road

Food Network On the Road

Love diners, drive-ins and dives? Download this road-trip-ready app and it will use GPS to find nearby Food Network recommendations like where Guy Fieri ate, what Bobby Flay ordered and more. Just search (by city, chef, show, cuisine), get the address (and directions), and go! 960 1280

  

UrbanDaddy

UrbanDaddy

UrbanDaddy is the perfect app if you’re indecisive planning cocktails with co-workers, finding the best places to shop or choosing where to dine on a first date. Just select the day, time, and who you’re with and the app narrows down your choices on where you should eat, shop, grab a few beers and more. It’s ideal for business travelers or people who are always on the go. 960 1280

  

Photosynth

Photosynth

Take your travel photos to the next level with this great photo app that creates interactive 3D panoramas you can share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. 960 1280

  

GateGuru

GateGuru

Stuck on a long layover and can’t stomach another stale microwaved sandwich at the airport? Heard your flight was delayed … 5 hours? We've all been there. GateGuru helps you find the best place to grab a meal, raise your spirits (i.e. best bars) and shop for souvenirs or gifts. So suddenly that long layover becomes much more manageable and even productive. 960 1280

  

INRIX Traffic

INRIX Traffic

Stuck in traffic? No problem! The INRIX traffic app will lead you in the right direction. Whether you're trying to avoid an accident, construction work or a parade that just happens to be going by, open this up-to-the-minute app and save yourself some time and frustration. 960 1280

  

Uber

Uber

Uber can be a lifesaver when there are no taxis in sight. Billing themselves as "everyone's private driver," just type in an address and city and a shiny black car is on its way. And don't worry about stopping at an ATM, Uber automatically charges your credit card and emails you a receipt. How's that for convenient? 960 1280

  

wt360 Pro

wt360 Pro

Who says you can't see beyond the 5-day, weekend or 10-day forecasts? With the wt360 Pro app you can see day-by-day weather up to a year in advance for some reassurance when you're booking your next vacation. Going away next week? You can also see hour-by-hour forecasts for millions of locations around the world. 960 1280

  

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Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris tries out the new Polaroid InstantShot -- smile! 960 1280

  

uwater MP3 player

uwater MP3 player

If listening to music while swimming or diving is your wish, check out the Uwater Waterproof MP3 player. 960 1280

  

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG unveiled a 55-inch 3D OLED TV that is the thinnest and lightest OLED TV on the market. It features voice and gesture recognition. 960 1280

  

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

There's no need to worry about where your keys are with SimpliciKey. The electronic deadbolt can be opened using a remote control or by simply entering a code into the keypad. 960 1280

  

Zipbuds

Zipbuds

These earphones won't get tangled because of their unique Zipper-integrated cabling. They provide superior sound with comfortable eartips. Zipbuds can be used with iPads, iPods, iPhones, Andriods and other media devices. 960 1280

  

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Chris had the opportunity to try out Mercedes-Benz's Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience (DICE). DICE is an augmented reality-based dashboard that allows users to control features of their car with simple hand movements. Users can also see weather, social media, messages, GPS and more. 960 1280

  

Mobileye Driver Assistance

Mobileye Driver Assistance

The Mobileye 5 Driver Assistance product helps identify situations that could become dangerous, such as lane departures, pedestrian presence and headway monitoring. It can also help control the car by doing things like switching high beams on and off. This model has Bluetooth, so critical real-time warnings can be delivered to a smartphone. 960 1280

  

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

The Casio 3-D Digital Painting tool will transform 2-D images into 3-D masterpieces by either adding subtle texture or making them truly 3-D like the cat in this picture. They hope to have the product on the market soon. 960 1280

  

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

The Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard lets you add a full-sized keyboard to any smartphone. Just attach your device and project the keyboard on a surface so you can type away. 960 1280

  

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

A task as simple as shaving is now enhanced with the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor. Users can select from 3 settings to find the vibration that is best for them. It also has a hydrating gel reservoir that when activated with water releases a gel to soothe skin. 960 1280

  

GorillaMobile kit

GorillaMobile kit

The GorillaMobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile entertainment kit that lets you attach devices such as your smartphone or digital camera to unusual places. It includes adhesive cups, suction cups, rubber foot grips and a camera adapter screw. 960 1280

  

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm lets you turn your iPod, iPhone or any other portable music device into an audio system. The bag includes twin tweeters and woofers to amplify the sound. 960 1280

  

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio's G-Shock Smart Watch is Bluetooth-LE enabled so the watch can connect to your phone and alert you to e-mails, calls and texts, and help you locate your phone if you can't remember where you put it. 960 1280

  

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

The IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security App lets you control up to 9 cameras set up in your home. With the app you can move, tilt or zoom them and power them on or off. 960 1280

  

iBallz tablet protection

iBallz tablet protection

The iBallz are a great way to protect your tablet. They slip onto the corners of your device and prevent damage when it is dropped. You can also use them to position your tablet in a tilt position for typing or watching movies. 960 1280

  

Case-Mate Tank

Case-Mate Tank

These Case-Mate Tank cases are military-grade strength and can stand up to any abuse you put your iPhone through. The retractable screen shield slides into place to prevent cracking and condensation. 960 1280

  

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, are now entering the flash drive market. In the new product, the flash drive can either take the place of the knife or be added onto one. They range in size from 4GB and higher, and some offer a layer of protection that only allows access via fingerprint recognition. 960 1280

  

Bone Collection Horn Stand

Bone Collection Horn Stand

The Bone Collection Horn Stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone, and can also be used to prop the phone in the vertical or horizontal positions. 960 1280

  

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD is a sports case that transforms your iPhone 4S/4/iPod into an HD action sports camera. It is waterproof so it can withstand all types of weather. The case includes an anti-vibration sled to help limit vibrations. 960 1280

  

Wallaroo Breton Hat

Wallaroo Breton Hat

For the mom off to sunny places … Fun, fashionable and featherweight, this travel hat blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays. Plus, it rolls up tightly into any purse or suitcase. Now mom can stroll through the local farmers market in style. 960 1280

Jess Kugler  

Travel Decor

Travel Decor

For the mom who longs for a Roman holiday … remind her of all the great vacation memories with this print from Etsy. She’ll never forget how far your loves goes for her … or the amazing pizza you shared in Italy. (Other destinations also available.) 960 1280

Jeanne DeFauw  

Travel Tea Press

Travel Tea Press

For the mom who can't live without her tea … consider this functional travel tea press that will let her enjoy fresh tea away from home. Extra points if you remember her favorite tea flavor to include with the gift. 960 1280

Courtesy of The Republic of Tea  

Hang On Travel Case

Hang On Travel Case

For the mom who always travels in style … this ikat hanging travel bag from Stella & Dot can tote all her beauty essentials: "foam gloss to floss, rings to travel-sized things.” 960 1280

Courtesy of Stella & Dot  

Nook With GlowLight

Nook With GlowLight

For the mom who loves to read on the go … the Nook with GlowLight delivers. During long nighttime flights, mom can curl up with a good book -- powered by this ereader’s soft glow. It’s also the lightest Nook to date, ideal for long reading sessions. 960 1280

Barnes and Noble  

Mott Cross-Body Bag

Mott Cross-Body Bag

For the mom whose purse is a black hole … How many times has mom dug through her purse, endlessly looking for something important? This Mott cross-body bag is the perfect place for mom to store her most important travel items. 960 1280

Michelle Drewes  

Universal Adapter

Universal Adapter

For the globe-trotting mom … this little green adapter is essential -- and compatible in more than 150 countries. So, whether mom’s in China or Chennai she can plug in her hair dryer or juice up her camera battery. 960 1280

flight001.com  

Samantha Brown Luggage

Samantha Brown Luggage

For the mom who’s ready to roll … this Samantha Brown weekender bag doubles as a wheeled city bag. Plus, with a glazed croco-embossed exterior, mom will be rolling in style. 960 1280

HSN  

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat

For the yoga-loving mom … this yoga travel mat provides superior grip and weighs just 2 pounds. Mom can keep up with her daily yoga routine … and have something to write ‘om’ about. 960 1280

Manduka  

LomoKino Camera

LomoKino Camera

For the shutter-bug mom … this camera ups the ante. Now mom can ditch the Flip-cam for something a little more artistic: a 35mm movie camera to shoot a movie of 144 frames. Very cinematic. 960 1280

Lomography  

Sofia Cashmere Travel Set

Sofia Cashmere Travel Set

For the cool mom … help her stay warm on long airplane flights (or long drives) with the Sofia cashmere travel set. Soft and snuggly, the set includes a 2-ply blanket and cashmere-lined eye mask. Just make sure no one takes mom’s picture while she’s sleeping. 960 1280

Sofia Cashmere  

LARK Silent Alarm

LARK Silent Alarm

For the mom looking to wake her potential … this silent alarm clock and sleep sensor will wake mom with silent, effective vibrations -- and help her track how well she sleeps courtesy of a wristband-monitor. 960 1280

LARK  

Bye, Mom!

Bye, Mom!

And once mom has all her goodies in hand … give her the gift of miles. Purchase miles online and send her an electronic gift card or have her print out a gift certificate. Mom can apply those miles toward any travel plan or trip upgrade … she’ll be singing your praises. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Stand-Up Paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboard

You don't need to be in Hawaii to experience summer's hottest trend: stand-up paddleboarding. An ancient form of surfing, it's now taking off all over the world since you can try it anywhere there’s water -- no waves required. 960 1280

ThinkStock  

Outdoor Movie Projector

Outdoor Movie Projector

Watch movies in your own backyard this summer. The WowWee Cinemin Slice Pico Projector lets you project any multimedia -- movies, video games, TV -- on a blank wall. 960 1280

WowWee  

High Heel Protector Cap

High Heel Protector Cap

Think you can't pack high heels for that outdoor wedding or party this summer? SoleMates, allows you to "put on your party shoes" without sinking into the grass. 960 1280

Jeffrey Weir Photography  

Emergency Portable Weather Radio

Emergency Portable Weather Radio

Remember getting caught in a storm while kayaking last summer? You told yourself you'd never let that happen again. With Oregon Scientific's Emergency Portable Weather Radio, you'll always be prepared for bad weather (and you'll always have tunes on-the-go). 960 1280

Oregon Scientific  

Underwater HD Video Mask

Underwater HD Video Mask

Capture crystal-clear video on your next snorkeling diving trip with this Scuba Series Underwater HD Video Mask. With your hands free, you'll be able to swim faster from the menacing-looking stingrays. 960 1280

Liquid Image  

Stowaway Backpack

Stowaway Backpack

Travel like the pros with the Kiva Bags Packing Genius Stowaway Pack -- a lightweight and comfortable pack that can be quickly stowed away in its own internal pouch. 960 1280

WWHITEDESIGN  

Pet Stroller

Pet Stroller

Even Fido needs a little break this summer. Treat your pup to a long and leisurely walk in this pet stroller by Pet Gear, Inc. 960 1280

Pet Gear, Inc.  

Portable Grill

Portable Grill

Grill on the go this summer with this portable grill from Cuisinart. Large enough to cook most family meals -- 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6-10 chicken breasts, or over 4 pounds of fish -- you'll be able to feed the entire gang wherever you go this summer. 960 1280

Cuisinart  

Protective Case for Kindle

Protective Case for Kindle

Use your Kindle worry-free this summer at the beach or pool with the splash-proof KlearKase for Kindle. 960 1280

William Poole  

Waterproof Camera/Phone Case

Waterproof Camera/Phone Case

Protect your camera or cell phone against water with this tough vinyl waterproof bag by Austin House. The fold-over design locks to ensure contents stay dry, so you can have fun in the water with your summer essentials. 960 1280

TravelPro  

Cooler Speaker Tote

Cooler Speaker Tote

Keep your food cool and your music hot this summer with this canvas carry-all cooler from Pottery Barn. With its built-in speakers, you can play music from your smart phone or mp3 device. 960 1280

Pottery Barn  

Bocce Ball Set

Bocce Ball Set

Play a round of bocce at your cookouts this summer -- a perfect activity for outdoor family fun. 960 1280

Pottery Barn  

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