Don’t Leave Home Without These Helpful Smartphone Travel Apps

The intrepid traveler knows that certain essentials are required for a worry-free trip. Traveling with your smartphone is a handy way to combine several of these into a single, easy to pack item. Not only is it your camera, phone book, and computer; by downloading a few handy apps, your smartphone can also be an invaluable resource for getting you where you need to go.

Helpful apps designed for travelers are abundant for both iPhone and Android devices, and there are a lot of great ones out there. Here are three apps that I’ve been using which have helped me to prepare, stay organized, and find my way for trips near and far. And all of them are free!

If you’re tired of having to search multiple sites for the best prices on flights, hotels, and rental cars, I recommend giving Skyscanner a try. It’s an independently operated, one stop shop that helps you find great deals when planning and booking a trip and will also provide alerts on any delays or changes to your itinerary while you’re traveling. You can even sync the app to work across all of your devices so you can use it with a laptop or tablet as well.

One of the real challenges of any trip can be keeping all of your important information and travel documents organized. I keep them right at my fingertips using Google Trips Travel Planner. All of your flight information, hotel confirmations, meal reservations, and more are grouped together in a convenient “trip” folder, along with recommendations and reviews for other activities you may want to explore. You can even use the app offline, and if you use Gmail, the two will automatically be synced together so that you can receive email reminders.

Finally, I can’t say enough about how useful I find the constantly-improving Waze navigation app. I even use it at home to help me find the best route to anywhere I need to go. It provides real-time information about traffic jams or other delays, identifies the fastest-moving alternate routes, and can help you locate parking or gas stations nearby.

Spring is here, and travel season is upon us. Before you hit the road or jump on a plane, be sure you’ve got a few of these essential smartphone travel apps packed and ready to go along with you!

14 Thoughts on "Don’t Leave Home Without These Helpful Smartphone Travel Apps"

  1. Susan Hart says

    Will Consumer Cellular pay off my contract with Verizon?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

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  2. Jeff Burton says

    Interested in purchasing iPhone 8+ I am over 65
    Will spend some time in Toronto Canada in June, can I use Consumer Cellular network there? Plan on using the internet with phone at my part time job. Any limitation with that? I don’t plan a lot of texting or exchange of large files on the device.
    Jeff in Bay Area

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Those are great questions, Jeff! The iPhone 8+ is a great choice, and you can learn more about it here. As for using your phone while in Canada, there are a few different options available. First, you can connect to Wi-Fi and use different apps to stay in touch, such as Duo or iMessage, and you won’t need any data. If you’re needing more flexibility, you can learn more on our Help page here. And of course, we’re happy to talk with you about this over the phone at 888-345-5509 and answer any other questions you may have. We appreciate you taking the time to post, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  3. Maryann Melocco says

    What type of phone do I need for europe travel, do you have a sim card to use in europe? M.M

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Maryann. Our devices are designed to work with our SIM cards, so if you’re looking to use an international SIM, you’ll need to verify if your current phone will work with that individual company. We do have some options available for keeping in touch away from home, and you can learn more about them here. We’re also happy to tell you more at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to comment today, and we hope you enjoy your travels!

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  4. Rina says

    Can I use my cell phone in Europe to text messages or send pictures? Is there a cost?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Rina. If you have access to Wi-Fi during your travels, you can keep in touch with apps like Duo, Facebook Messenger or iMessage without needing a cellular connection. For more options available to you, check out our FAQ page here. We’re happy to discuss these options with you over the phone at 888-345-5509 as well. We appreciate you posting today!

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  5. GEV dhunjibhoy says

    I am the user since six months and had been enjoying a interruption free service quite satisfactorily. The billing and metering is very prompt and accurate. Your service is excellent. Thanks a lot for that.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re so glad to hear that you’re enjoying our service, Gev! Thanks for sharing your experience, and we look forward to serving you for years to come.

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  6. cat says

    On your Apps of the Month, which you feature periodically, does Consumer Cellular review and evaluate these apps for safety and security before you recommend them, or is this feature more of a “Look! Gee! This is cool!” type thing and the user is kind of on their own? There are so many apps out there but I don’t know if they are safe, and I certainly don’t know how to evaluate them for security.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Cat. We try to recommend apps that are highly rated by other users. If you’re concerned about the safety of a particular app, we recommend checking for high ratings from many different users. If you ever have any questions, we’re happy to help you find a good option at 888-345-5509. We appreciate your comments, and we hope you have a great day!

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  7. Jean Bernhard says

    I will be in Europe this summer. Can I use my phone with your sim car (Consumer cellular)? If yes, Will I have to turn ROAMING on and what will be the cost per minute while in France and Switzerland.

    Thank you for your reply.
    Sincerely yours,

    Jean Bernhard

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Jean! We do offer international roaming options, and you can learn more about them here, or we can chat about it with you at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you reaching out to us, and we wish you happy travels!

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