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The Top Travel Apps to Pack Into Your Data Plan

Augmeted Reality, via Cityscape 

As someone who’s spent more than a decade in the travel publishing industry, I’ve downloaded, paid for, and played with more mobile travel apps than I think my iPhone can store. The following are the ones that I find reliably useful before, during, and after any trip.

TripIt

Possibly the single best app for organizing all things travel. It scans your email to keep track of flights; hotel, dining, and show reservations; and loyalty program status. Plus, get real time updates for flight delays and gate changes.

Kayak

A must have for searching the best prices on flights, hotels, and car rentals.

SeatGuru

Use this app’s detailed maps of every plane’s configuration to choose the seat that’s right for you before booking your flight. It also identifies seats that don’t recline and those that have underseat outlets to keep your electronics charged.

GoGo

The go-to for connecting to in-flight Wi-Fi. How did we ever survival air travel without the ability to post from-the-air status updates?

WhiteNoise

The perfect bedside companion to lull you to sleep in a strange hotel room. Choose from over 30 options (gentle rain, dish washer, and oscillating fan are just a few).

Mosey

Discover doable 3-4 hour walkable itineraries in destinations around the world—or create your own to share with others.

Findery

Every place has a story. Findery members find and leave notes around the world, telling stories about the places they've found and loved.

Hotel Tonight

Last-minute bookings have never been so easy with this app that uncovers available hotel inventory at surprisingly discounted prices.

Viator

The largest collection of tours and activities for seemingly every destination on the planet.