Tis’ the Season for Traveling: 12 Must Have iPad Apps

Summer is here and travel season is already in full gear. If you are taking your iPad, there are a few apps you should not do without when traveling. Traveling can be complex, especially for novices. When the time comes, it’s best to be prepared and arm yourself with time savers, life savers, and fun savers.

Keeping up with flight information, booking accommodations, exchange rates, and other hassles can all be alleviated by your iPad. So be sure to pack it when you go traveling. Use the apps in this roundup as your secret arsenal to pull out whenever you need information.

Groupon HD

Groupon HD

Traveling is an expensive proposition. If you are traveling to world-class cities, such as New York or Los Angeles, hotels and airplane tickets can eat away at your budget. So finding something to do in your host city at a great price is extremely attractive.

Groupon HD works by bringing amazing activities in your city to you at steep discounts. Groups of a certain number of people are needed in order to get each discount. Baseball tickets at 50% off , massages at 75% off, and the list goes on and on. When using Groupon on your iPad it can locate deals around you and you can buy them right from the device. Groupon HD is simply a must have when traveling to good sized cities.

We included this application in this roundup simply because it belongs. What good is visiting cities and not having anything to do that won’t break the bank. I love this app and I think it’s worth having on your iPad.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Groupon Inc.

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Kayak HD

If you are smart, then you plan. There’s a quote that goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This quote not only applies to life, but travel accommodations as well. In this down economy, it’s all about stretching the dollar and making your buck count.

Kayak HD is the all in one iPad app for researching and buying hotel rooms and airfares. You can search flights from all of the big carriers. It will show you the total price and you can purchase the tickets straight in the app. If you are searching for a fabulous place to lay your head, this app is your fairy godmother! You can view photos, get rates, and read reviews.

Kayak HD can be used as pre-planning for vacations or while you are in the city itself – an easy choice for this list because of its simplicity and wealth of information.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.2
Developer: Kayak.com


XE Currency

Not many people are lucky enough to be able to travel overseas. For those who are, hassles can abound. From passports, finding luggage, and trying to understand a foreign language, overseas traveling can be a drag. Figuring out what the dollar is worth in Italy or London can be awkward and confusing. Unless you are good with math, you will need some help.

XE Currency Converter does exactly what its name implies. It shows you live mid-market rates for the Dollar, Euro, GBP, Canadian Dollars, and Australian Dollars. It updates every minute to keep all figures up to date. XE Currency deserves a spot on the list in order to make sure you don’t get ripped off.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.2 and Later
Developer: XE

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Urbanspoon HD

You may have seen this app on the Apple iPhone commercials. Did you know that it’s also available on the iPad and works like a charm?

So imagine you are in San Francisco and you and your significant other, or whole family, are looking for something to eat for dinner. All you need to do is let the app find your location and click the spin button. The app will, like a genie, find a random choice of restaurant. You can see style and price from the app.

So why is Urbanspoon included? Well, you run on food! I have been in those situations where the whole family is fighting over what to eat and how much to pay. So, let the app do it for you. Trust me, this app has saved many an argument over restaurants.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Urbanspoon

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Flight Status

On a recent trip to New York City, I experienced what many travelers hate, a delayed flight. I was trying to get home to Atlanta, but there was a terrible storm here and it delayed every flight to the city. Sitting in a over-crowded terminal at LaGuardia Airport, the information was barely audible. So, I pulled out my iPad and used Flight Status. It showed the current status of my flight -the info I needed quickly and efficiently.

Obviously if you are flying by air, you will need this app. It’s like electricity, you simply must have it. Get the most up-to-date information for yourself.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.0 or later
Developer: TouchMeme LLC

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Writing down all of your flight, gate, confirmation, and a whole host of numbers and info is tedious and just plain sloppy. The wise know not only to take a paper copy, but also store it digitally – Tripit allows you to simply and easily input all of your travels specific information into the app.

This app makes it wonderfully easy. You can access all of your information on your iPad, iPhone, calendar, and online. So, you have no reason to lose the data. Tripit deserves a spot on this list because it allows you to access the info anywhere you have an internet connection. Even if you lose your iDevice, you still have the info.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.0 and later
Developer: Tripit Inc.

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Those of us who are culturally curious and seek information about our surroundings will need this app. Wikihood is like an all knowing tour guide that follows you and alerts you to all of the information you could possibly want about your surroundings. Based on information from Wikipedia, Wikihood is well versed and ready for prime time.

In major cities, tour guides can cost up to $100 per hour. Being that Wikihood is free, you just saved more money!

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.2
Developer: Wikihood

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Beat The Traffic

Visit Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, or any other major city around this country and you will know traffic. The problem is that you don’t know your way around the city to beat the traffic. That is where this Beat The Traffic comes in handy. It shows you which way to go to get around heavy traffic.

All the locals know the back streets that visitors just don’t know. Beat The Traffic is essential for traveling as it can save you time and money. Personally, I love this app and could not imagine a travel app list without it.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.2 and Later
Developer: Beat The Traffic

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National Park Maps HD

National Park Maps gives you access to maps of the top 15 US National Parks right on your iPad. This is the easiest way to navigate huge parks. You can find visitors centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, and more in the parks.

Simplicity is the key with all of the apps in this roundup. We all want apps that just work and deliver. I have been personally lost in many of our nation’s parks. So the fact that this inexpensive app exists in stunning HD on your iPad leaves you without any excuses.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.2 and Later
Developer: National Geographic Society

Sub Maps

Sub Maps

Oh, the magic of public transportation. The Tube in London, the Subway in New York City. What do these major subway systems across the world have in common? They all come with steep learning curves.

Enter the world of Sub Maps. Sub Maps has every subway system from New York to Hong Kong – the best part is that it doesn’t require an internet connection!

Public Transportation is not only economical, it’s also the greener thing to do. In severely congested cities it can also be a necessity. So with so many major cities with some type of subway, this app is perfect for today’s travellers.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3
Developer: Sub Maps



One perfect picture of the family summer is packing up the SUV, or minivan, and taking off on a road trip. Criss crossing the country, stopping at different places to eat, and enjoying the ride just as much as the destination.

However, if you have traveled with your family you know that when it’s time to eat everyone gets cranky. It’s always hard to find where a Burger King or McDonalds is on the interstate. This is where iExit comes in. It shows you a guide to the whole interstate, food stops, gas stations, and more.

Trust me, this will help to soothe many a family food crisis. It uses your location and just proves itself time and time again to be reliable and dependable. So if you’re not traveling by air and love to road trip, iExit could be your saving grace.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.0
Developer: Metrorocket LLC

Free Translator

Free Translator

Imagine this, you are in Greece and enjoying yourself when you realize that you do not have any way to communicate with the locals. You do not speak or understand Greek. You need a personal translator at your service 24 hours each day – Free Translator is just that.

I know only marginal Spanish and on a recent trip to Spain, this app was a lifesaver. It only takes one use of this app before you realize its worth – and it’s free…

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.1.3
Developer: Codesign