We know how stressful travel can be: Flight delays, lodging mishaps, language barriers can easily turn what was meant to be a relaxing trip into one big headache. But of course, there’s an app for every travel annoyance, and equipping your smartphone before a big trip can make each step of your travels a whole lot less stressful.
From the Cadillac of pocket translators to a last-minute hotel finder to the ultimate airport guide, click through the slideshow below for eight must-have apps for stress-free travel.
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- Trip Advisor
Choose your hotels, restaurants and activities wisely with insight from Trip Advisor’s thousands of reviewers. Using the free Trip Advisor Offline City Guide app, you can browse reviews that have been stores in the app, with no data roaming charges.
- iFly Pro
Keep track of flight delays and navigate around hundreds of airports with the help of iFly Pro.
- Hotel Tonight
If you’re looking for a last-minute hotel deal, the free Hotel Tonight app may be your best bet. Find discounted hotels in your area available that night, with bookings available until 2 a.m. According to TechCrunch, “The service worked like a dream.”
Keep your full itinerary organized and in one place on your phone with TripIt, a free app that puts all your trip details together and syncs with your calendar. Fast Company raves, “This is the best travel app I can imagine.”
- FREE Wi-Fi Finder
Stay connected without racking up roaming charges with the Free Wi-Fi Finder app, which locates Internet hotspots in your vicinity. The app works around the world, and also provides direction to the hot spot of your choice.
- Google Translate
Avoid language barriers and make sure you’re able to communicate easily no matter where you are with the best translation app out there,Google Translate. The app features more than 60 languages, and for 17 of those languages, you can translate by speaking the text rather than typing it.
If you just found out that your flight was cancelled, open up Kayak’s free app instead of fighting for a spot in the inevitably-long customer service lines. Set up price alerts and book hotels, flights, car services and more at low prices, on the go.
- WhatsApp Messenger
Text with friends around the globe without fear of racking up exorbitant overseas charges using the $0.99 lifesaver, WhatsApp. The messaging system is a great way to share videos and photos of your trip — with no international charges.
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