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Best Travel Apps for Smartphone-Savvy Tourists


Best travel apps for smartphone users (Photo: YutakaTsutano)

The list of apps catering to everything and anything you could imagine grows each day. With more options comes the time-consuming process of wading through the good, the bad and the ugly. To help you save some time, we have compiled a list of some of the best travel apps for smart phone users on the go.


Free This Week From Apple: Kayak Pro Travel App

The Kayak Pro app, one of Where.ca’s six favourite money-saving apps, is Apple’s free app of the week!

The app, normally $0.99, may be the best out there for finding deals on flights, with easy-to-use comparison tools and notifications. It also has rental car and hotel booking, flight tracking, airport information and tours and attractions information.

Download Kayak Pro free now for iPhone and iPad.

Our 5 Favourite Free Mobile Weather Apps


“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

—Mark Twain

Weather is one of those great equalizers: it affects everyone, everywhere. So it stands to reason that there are tons (heaps and piles, actually) of weather apps to choose from. We’ve waded through to find our favourites for Canadian travellers.

See the app reviews. »

Best Apps for Budget Travel


From left: Gas Price Finder, KAYAK Mobile, Wi-Fi Finder

After polling a few tech-savvy budget travellers, we’ve rounded up the five most useful budget travel apps to use while on the road. And, of course, being true penny-pinching apps, all of them are free! (more…)

5 Eco Apps for Green Travellers

We’ve deemed April Earth Month at Where.ca, with a series of stories all about eco-friendly, sustainable travel. Go green!


Travel encompasses so many systems and industries that it’s impossible to plan a 100 per-cent squeaky green trip. This collection of apps will help make your trip more sustainable, but keep mind that some of the best green travel apps are hyperlocal—the ones that plot car-sharing and bike-sharing locations on maps, detail public transit options and offer comprehensive feedback on local shops and restaurants. (more…)

4 Tips for Offline Map Access with Mobile Devices


From left to right: Nokia Maps, PDF Maps, Galileo

You can avoid most data-roaming charges by downloading a good Wi-Fi finder. But being out of range will render the Google Maps function on your Apple device useless.

To access offline maps you have a few options—besides, you know, carrying around an actual map. (more…)

Flirt En Français (and 9 Other Languages) with TripLingo Romance Edition

You’re on vacation in Quebec and you’ve caught the eye of the cutie across the bar—and now he’s coming over to talk. Can you maintain a witty flirtation in a foreign tongue? With the fun TripLingo Romance Edition app it’s at least worth a try. (more…)

New App Tracks Santa’s Christmas Flight

NORAD Tracks Santa screenshot on an iPhone.

By Amanda Yiu

The countdown is on for Santa’s takeoff from the North Pole to all corners of the world, and this year you can track his amazing journey in real-time on the eve of Christmas with a new, free mobile app from NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command). (more…)

Orbitz’s “Mobile Steals” Offers Last-Minute Hotel Discounts


By Carissa Bluestone

Earlier this week, online travel booker Orbitz launched an updated—i.e., faster, more intuitive—version of its mobile website. Of the new features, “Mobile Steals,” which offers discounts of up to 50% for same-day hotel bookings (and discounts for future bookings, too), is getting the most attention. So far, select hotels in more than 50 cities worldwide are participating. These deals are only available through the mobile site or any of the Orbitz apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. (more…)

Our 5 Favourite Skiing Apps

By Carissa Bluestone

Skiing is a technical sport, and between snowfall sleuthing, route mapping and run tracking, even weekend warriors could use an app or two to plan their trips. (more…)

The Newest Mobile, Interactive Bird-Watching Guides

BirdsEye app

Are you a bird nerd? Well, there’s never been a better time to be one.

Smartphone apps for bird-watchers are improving daily. One of our favourites is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdsEye, an app that allows users to upload recent sitings and pins them to a map, so you can see where particular birds have been spotted recently. You can also search for birds, see photos and descriptions and hear birdsongs and bird calls. It’s pricey ($19.99) but serious birders say it’s worth it. Plus it’s available for iPad, and in a “lite” version ($1.99), which has a fraction of the species of the full version. (more…)

Je Ne Sais What? 5 Translation App Reviews

By Carissa Bluestone

Voice-recognition software, crowdsourcing and the power of Google Translate are radically changing how we ask for the washroom around the world. There’s no way to tell how people will respond to having a yammering iPhone shoved in their faces, but when you have to tell your new francophone companion, “I am sorry that Air Canada does not respect your beautiful language”, you’ll be glad to have at least one of these apps.