If you know you want to go somewhere (and don’t we all), but you’re not quite sure where to take your next trip, this fun to use, well-designed app can help. Get inspired by more than 200,000 experiences from over 500,000 real travelers from around the world, plus share your own travel tips and stories once you’re back. We especially love the Inspiration screen, which lets you find the destinations that are right for you by using criteria like distance from home, or number of days. Now the hard part is just narrowing down your options. Free
This comprehensive user-driven app is like having a travel-savvy friend (you know, the one who’s already been on two around-the-world trips) with you wherever you go. No matter what stage of travel planning you’re in, the app helps you discover interesting places and hidden gems, explore destinations worldwide (or in your own city), plan and book your next trip (including hotels), document your travels and of course, share your adventure-in-progress with your friends and family. Free
Other than booking your plane tickets and reserving a hotel room, packing is probably one of the most important parts of planning a trip — and this app helps make the process easier and less stressful. Create lists of what you need based on the number of adults (males and females), children and days you’ll be away, as well as temperature, destination, and clothes-washing preferences. You can make your packing lists based on the over 800 items in the app’s database and also share lists with fellow travelers. $3
This helpful app makes it easy to keep all of your travel planning information in one place and allows for multiple planners (you and your friends, or you and your extended family) to access it as a group. It can be tough keeping track of reservations, itineraries, maps and other travel necessities before and during your trip, but this app keeps you and your travel companions organized on the go and wherever you are. Free
Once you’ve decided where to go, it’s time to personalize your vacation to suit your tastes and travel preferences. Do you like adventure or something tamer? Museums or cooking classes? This cool app allows you to choose form over 2000 boutique travel experiences around the globe and book the ones you want to try. Search your destination, select an experience that looks good and book it instantly through Vayable’s secure reservation system. Free
Don’t feel like lugging around heavy guidebooks? With this handy app now you don’t have to. mTrip will use its intuitive algorithm to design your entire trip itinerary and personalize it just for you. From there, the app acts as a pocket travel guide and helps lead you to each of your trip destinations. You can choose from destinations in the U.S., Asia and Europe. This app is particularly good for solo travelers or those who like to venture off on their own without a guide. $6
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