• 10 Best Android Travel Apps You Need for Summer 2013

    Posted on May 30th, 2013 Wiki | 261 comments

    Well it’s about that time of the year again, the summer time for us come out of the caves and enjoy the great outdoors. As the things are heating up, obviously there comes the golden opportunity to think about your perfect getaway. Whether you are throwing the kids into the car and heading on a road trip, planning a quiet weekend at the beach, or going overseas for a big adventure, there are lots of useful free Android phone apps that can help make your vacation easy and fun. I’ve get together a list of 10 best Android travel apps for your summer 2013. These Android apps are all free, so you have no need to worry about dipping into your vacation budget to try them out.

    Now just follow me to see the 10 best free travel apps to arm yourself with.

    1. Kayak – Find flights and Hotels

    Summer vocation always means a lot of travel, and actually there is no better way to make arrangements then using Kaya app. It has stunning search capability, making it easy to find flights, hotels and car rentals at the best price. Flights can be sorted by price, duration, number of stops, airports and layover time. You can reschedule missed or canceled flights directly through your phone, too. For hotels, you can search for deals for tonight or by rating, price, brand, or distance from wherever you want to be. Kayak could give you a good comparison to help make the right plans, and presents them in an attractive manner.

    2. GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas

    Supposing that you have arrived at the destination via driving, suddenly you find out the rental car needs more gas to finish your great cross-country adventure. So wanna locate the nearest gas station around you? Wanna know which gas station provides much cheaper gas? Okay, that’s where GasBuddy comes in play. You can either search by zip code, or if you don’t know the zip code, you can turn on your GPS and choose “Find Gas Near Me.” In a few seconds the app will show you a whole list of the closest gas stations to you, additionally with complete prices for all different grades. If the stations close by are too expensive, you can sort out by price instead, finding the cheapest gas station in your vicinity directly.

    3. Google Maps – Navigation

    If you’re vacating somewhere new and unfamiliar with, chances are you will possibly make a wrong turn somewhere and then run the risk of being late for your excited travel plans you have made. So under such an occasion, arming yourself with Google Maps is indeed a good idea. It’s free and incredibly accurate. It almost ensures you never make a wrong direction and miss out anything fun on your travel. It is so safer once you have Google Map installed on your phone.

    4. Yelp – Find the closest restaurants

    Wanna find the best eateries and cuisine in your area? Why not let most tried-and-true Yelp help you along. With nearly every restaurant in the area covered, Yelp will give you no shortage of suggestions like the BBQ, burgers, Chinese food or anything else. You name it, Yelp will help you find it, with detailed ratings and price levels. Indeed Yelp will let you largely enjoy the fun while eating somewhere new.

    5. TripIt – Travel Organizer

    Actually with Triplt, you will no more need to fumble through file folders containing your trip details, or slip the paper containing that crucial confirmation number or contact name. This app could organize all the details of your trip, schedules, flights, hotels, rentals cars, and reservations into just one place. You can simply forward e-mail confirmations, and the easy-to-use app organizes everything into one master itinerary. If that’s too much work, you can also set it up to scan your e-mail inbox for confirmations and it will automatically import this information into your itinerary. This app will make your life on the road much easier and more organized.

    6. Wi-Fi Finder – Get Free (or Cheap) Wi-Fi Worldwide

    Wi-Fi Finder is another must have Android app. You know, all of the apps mentioned in the list all need to work with an internet connection. Surely you will buy a SIM card according to the country you will visit and you will also buy a suitable data package, but what if you save that expensive data charges? Just with WiFi Finder, you could find many free WiFi hotspots all over the world to greatly save money.

    7. Instagram – Take super snapshots

    Just as what I say in last article of the 15 Best Free Android Apps for Samsung Galaxy S4, sharing the photos has now become very addictive. On this occasion, why not install Instagram on your mobile before the summer travel? You can shot the beautiful road scene with your mobile, then take use of Instagram to share photos with friends and others around you. This simple to use social photo app also packs a ton of filters that helps you create outstanding photos. Actually with Instagram, you can leave your point-and-shoot at home now.

    8. The Weather Channel – Know the forecast

    Summer is all about fun in the sun, so whether you are at camping or the beach, you need to know what the weather will be like. So stay on the top of the forecast with The Weather Channel. The app tells you what the weather like hourly throughout the day as well as for the next ten days. With it, you will never be blindsided by an unexpected thunderstorm in the middle of your travel.

    9. WhatsApp Messenger — Send and Receive Messages for Free

    Does your phone service provider charge for text messages when you are traveling outside your country? If so, you will never pay for a text message again no matter where you are in the world, just by installing WhatsApp. This money-saving app allows you to send unlimited free texts, and all you need is a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to send texts and group messages, share photos, videos and audio clips. You and your contacts must have the app, but texts can be sent between any kind of smartphone. It is free for the first year for Android, then $.99 a year.

    10. Spotify – Your road music library

    So how can your road trip without road tripping music? Get into the high spirit by streaming “On the Road Again” or “Drvin’ My Life Away” from Spotify’s library of more than 20 million songs. The Spotify allows you to listen to unlimited amounts of music and create custom playlists. Note that Spotify requires a paid subscription after the first 48 hours.

    Which free Android apps do you find most essential for your summer travels? Discuss your picks in the comments area below!

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