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The Top iPad Travel Apps

Essential iPad Apps For Your Vacation


The iPad is a great enhancement to any home, but it can also help you get away from home and provide much-needed resources and entertainment for when you are on vacation or travelling for work. These essential travel apps for your iPad will help you do everything from book your trip to find restaurants while away from home to even help you talk to your friends and family while you are at your destination.


Kayak's Mobile Travel App

The first thing you'll need to do when planning a trip is to book your airfare and hotel, which makes Kayak that first travel app you will want to install on your iPad. Kayak offers you the easiest way to compare the best deals for airfare, hotel room and car rental deals. Kayak is powered by Kayak.com, a web engine that searches travel websites to find the best deals. The mobile app not only lets you find the best deal, but also check out photos and read reviews, giving you all the information you need at your fingertips.

Price: Free

TripIt - Travel Organizer

TripIt is a travel organizer for tracking your confirmations and details

Once you have all of your travel plans nailed down, you'll want an easy way to organize them. TripIt is a travel organizer, keeping all of your trip details and email confirmations in one spot. Reservations are saved by forwarding them to plans@tripit.com, which uses them to create a single, detailed page with all of your travel information. You can even share the information with family, friends and co-workers.

Price: Free

Packing ( TO DO!)

Packing (TO DO) is a to-do list for packing for your vacation

Have you ever started a long trip only to find that you left behind your toothbrush? Or later found out that you left your favorite shirt at the hotel?

This packing and to do list app helps you keep organized so you can not only make sure you bring everything you need, but for those vacations that have you trotting from one hotel to the next, the app provides a checklist to make sure you don't leave anything behind. (Just makes sure you don't leave behind the iPad else you can't check the list!)

You can even total up how much overall weight you are bringing with you and sync your lists between devices using iCloud.

Price: $0.99


Yelp can help you find nearby restaurants

Once you arrive at your destination, you'll probably be hungry. But where should you eat? Whether you like to play it safe on vacation by eating at well known chains, or you are the type of traveler that wants to explore the local eateries, Yelp will help you find the perfect restaurant.

Yelp is a must-have app for any iPad, and when it comes to travel apps, Yelp is a no-brainer.

Price: Free


TripAdvisor helps you find the sights and sounds at your destination

A great alternative to Yelp is TripAdvisor. And while the both provide similar services, they can really be used to enhance each other by filling in the gaps. If you don't find what you are looking for with Yelp, which can be great for finding restaurants but may not do as great a job at finding other forms of entertainment, you can check out TripAdvisor.

This free app can be used to find flights, restaurants, hotels or simply things to do, which is where it really shines compared to other travel apps. And not only can you check out reviews of the places, but you can also look through photos of the location.

Price: Free

Google Maps / Google Earth

Google Earth is like Google Maps on steroids

Don't forget Google Maps! This one comes pre-installed on your iPad, and it just so happens to be one of the best travel apps available. Google Maps will not only help you get around the new location, but you can also find anything from restaurants to grocery stores to nearby gas stations.

If you want some extra features, you can also download Google Earth, which is a neat way to get an overhead of the area. It can be a little harder to read than Google Maps at times, but it packs in twice the entertainment value.

Price: Free

XE Currency

XE Currency can help you get that tip right

Are you traveling out of the country? Whether you are going to Canada, Paris or Moscow, it can be handy to have a tool for converting dollar amounts into any currency. The XE Currency app not only downloads the current conversion for the currencies of the world, it will also store the latest one for use in offline mode, so you don't need to be connected to the Internet to use it.

Price: Free


iTranslate can become a must-have iPad app when you need to find a restroom while traveling

Sometime, the quickest way to get to the closest bathroom is knowing how to ask for directions to it in any language. iTranslate not only provides a translation to over 50 different languages, but you can also listen to the translations of over 20 of those languages. This makes it easier to hold a conversation when you are completely murdering the pronunciation.

Price: Free

Weather Channel

Weather Channel is a helpful app for planning the details of each day of your vacation

It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast for your destination. This can be a great way to plan the little details, like which day is best to go to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World and which day is best to dedicate to indoor activities. The Weather Channel app gives you a weather forecast for locations all around the world, the latest news coverage and U.S. pollen maps. The newest update supports the iPad 3's Retina Display.

Price: Free


Skype is a great way to chat with friends and family while traveling for work or pleasure

Want to video conference with a loved one while you are gone or place a call from out of the country without getting hit by a huge phone bill? Skype is your ticket for saving a lot of money while still keeping in contact with friends and family. Obviously, the uses go well beyond just travel, but for those work trips or family vacations, Skype is a great way to keep in touch.

Price: Free

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