12 essential travel apps to download before visiting the US

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When traveling or living in the US, it pays to come ready and equipped with the latest technology to help you navigate your stay. 

Having instant communication, ridesharing, restaurant finder, and travel review apps downloaded to your phone are all great ways to ensure a time well spent whether you are moving to or visiting the US.  

Here are some of our top essential app suggestions to help you live out the American dream! 

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Life is a highway

Planning on taking a great American road trip? Whether you’re cruising down Route 66 or exploring the Pacific Coast Highway, you will need at least one of these applications on your phone:


GasBuddy allows you to track gas prices at thousands of stations from every state and notifies users of the cheapest pumps on their route, thanks to the crowd-sourced platform. Its heat maps of the US will show fluctuating gas prices by more than $1 per gallon, so users can save as much as possible.


Downloading Roadtrippers is a no brainer. After keying in your departure dates and destination, the app provides suggested paths, calculates pitstops on your route, and helps you find good campsites, nature spots, and landmarks to visit on the way. 


Think of Turo as an Airbnb but for renting cars! Turo is a marketplace for vehicle owners to rent cars to visitors. Turo shares quirky, classic, and budget-friendly options to make your experience that much more unique. 

You also have the option to set your app to pick up your rental from a specific location. Be sure to download and sign up ahead of traveling so you can upload your passport and license details to the application.

Remember to write!

As a safety precaution, it’s important that you always have access to direct lines of communication while traveling within the US. Here are a few ways to stay connected with your friends and family while traveling abroad: 


Using Skype is affordable and easy to use. It can allow users to make high-quality online video calls overseas, either from a landline or mobile device. Skype includes instant messaging and the ability to transfer essential files. 


WhatsApp is an internationally available American freeware, cross-platform instant messaging service, and can be a helpful tool when connecting with fellow wanderers on your way. 

Planes, trains, and automobiles!

Get the best deals on flights across, to and from the US by using the following platforms:  


Discover cheap flights with the ability to jump onto various connections by using this app. Skiplagged is an online travel agency and search engine that helps book flights and hotel stays.


Sure, this is a not-so-secret crowd favorite, but Skyscanner is a second-to-none metasearch engine and travel agency. The site is available in over 30 languages, with more than 100 million users each month. Search for the perfect flights at lower prices. 


Hopper monitors flight prices and helps travelers make the most affordable decision. It can predict future flight and hotel prices with a 95% recommendation accuracy, notifying you the instant there’s a deal on your desired travel plan!


Citymapper is the perfect public transit app and mapping service if you find yourself lost in a new city! It displays transport options, with live updates on buses, trains, taxis and walking options.

Food and drink for thought

Here is a list of food and drink apps to use when searching for the perfect meal to suit your tastebuds whether dining in or ordering out:  

The Infatuation

The Infatuation app is a New York-based restaurant recommendation website and messaging service that will helps you tame your tastebuds. The app includes restaurant reviews and guides, allowing you to make the best dinner decisions possible! 


Yelp’s crowd-sourced review app on restaurants and includes a table reservation service that will help you secure a seat at many restaurants across the US!

If you’re opting for delivery, consider Seamless, GrubHub, UberEats, PostMates, Delivery.com, Eat24 & Drizly.

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