It’s the start of a new year, which hopefully means incorporating more travel and adventure into your life. Whether you have an epic trip coming up or a quick weekend getaway, there are a variety of great travel apps that have come out and are designed to make your life easier. From booking cheap hotel rooms and airfare to creating your own custom postcards, these are the top travel apps of 2017.


Try These 7 Apps When You’re Traveling This Year



1. Hotel Tonight

Find and book great last minute deals at hotels with this savvy app, which reveals special room rates at hotels throughout North America and Western Europe at up to 70-percent off. Browsing is made easy with ratings and user photos, and it just takes a few taps to book.


2. Postagram

Instead of spending hours searching for the perfect postcard, now you can go through your own photos and send them as actual postcards. Just choose the desired images from your phone’s camera roll, customize the card designs and colors, then order and schedule your cards to arrive whenever you want. Works on both Android and iPhone devices.


3. OANDA Currency Converter

Make money conversions easy with this special exchange rate app that provides daily rates for more than 190 different currencies. It also offers an option that allows you to add a percentage to better approximate the rate charged by banks or credit card companies.



4. Google Translate

Think of this as Rosetta Stone in your back pocket. This amazing app can translate entire paragraphs or spoken word. Just say a phrase and Google Translate will repeat your words in whatever language you want—the app gives you 103 to choose from.


5. TravelPirates

This versatile app is integrated with TravelPirates.com—an online travel company that shares the latest travel deals. Discover cheap flights, vacation packages, hotels, promos and more, and sign up to receive personalized travel alerts and notifications for matching deals.


6. GasBuddy

When you’re driving on a cross-country road trip, it’s essential that you know where gas stations are located along your route. In addition to providing the locations of all gas stations near you, the app also reports gas prices so you can decide where to fill up and spend less money. You can also earn points and achievements for reporting gas prices, and enter to win $100 in free gas daily.


7. GateGuru

Airports can be hectic, which is why this all-in-one app makes life easier. It allows users to check flights status, help navigate airports by providing detailed information, maps and locations for various amenities, book rental cars, and keep track of travel stats. Now you can travel with more confidence and security, knowing that all the basics are handled.








This article was written by Kamala Kirk.