We all travel with our phones, and no matter where we go, we always find ourselves relying on them (even more so when we’re away from home). It’s the best place to search for hotels, catch a cab, check-in with friends or family, look up restaurants to eat at and sites to see. But rather than spending time Googling or Yelping what to do or eat, or finding the best (and safest) neighborhoods in the city you’re visiting, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel apps for 2017 that can do all the searching for you plus more.
Grab is the perfect app for finding food at the airport you’re in, and fast. If you only have a few minutes to spare, Grab will show you all of the restaurant menus in the airport before you even get there, and then show you where in the terminal they are located. Some restaurants even allow you to order ahead of time so that you can pick it up right before you head to your gate. Currently, the app is only available at 17 different airports in the U.S.
Are you not a meat eater? Then HappyCow is the best app for you, listing hundreds of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in over 10,000 cities around the world. Every restaurant that is pulled up offers a description of the menu and reviews by those who’ve tried and tested.
Velocity allows you to discover and book the best dining experiences in Miami, Los Angeles, London and New York. Not only can you find the hottest restaurants, but the app also allows you to pay your bill or split it with your friends. Velocity is expanding to other areas including Colorado and Switzerland (more countries and cities to come afterward).
TripHappy can help you figure out where to go, what to do, and where to stay using a technology software that scans millions of user reviews, and presents them to you all in one place. You won’t need to search Yelp, Google and other sites to figure out if what you’re about to eat or do next is a go or no-go.
Looking for an adventure not known to all? Cool Cousin gives you recommendations of hidden gems by local experts. Currently, the app offers locations in 14 destinations worldwide, and more are being added! Don’t get stuck with all the tourist, take an adventure and know where to go with this fun new app.
When you’re trying to beat jet lag, one of the best ways is to figure out a way to rest your body clock. An easy and effective way to do this is to listen to Binaural Beats, which are distinctive sounds that repeat, putting your mind at ease. But that’s not all, according to the app’s developers, these beats can also boost your attention, ease anxiety and stimulate learning.
Traveling in a group? PlanChat allows you to plan anything from sites to see around town to travel, all in one place. You can also create your own itinerary, monitor your spending, and use it to share photos and videos with your group.
Memrise makes it easier for you to learn more about the culture and language of the city and country you’re visiting. The app supports up to 200 languages, and helps you grasp subjects in an entertaining way—discover the ethnic groups in China, learn how to recognize various spices in Polish, or learn useful colloquial expressions to make people smile in Italian.