Tech & Gadgets

Best New Travel Apps for 2017

By on February 21, 2017

Travel has never been easier in the history of mankind. Technology is one of the best tools we have to travel smarter, better and cheaper. Here are my favorite travel apps that turn your device into a useful travel tool. Consider using these apps in 2017 for your upcoming travels.

App in the Air

App in the Air is a flight assistant that is ideal for the frequent traveler. It syncs with another favorite app, Tripit, to make a complete companion for flying. The app can import flight data from Tripit, making flight data input seamless. Features like reminders & notifications, automatic check-in, flight tracking and loads of additional information like weather is very useful while on the road. Do you ever wonder how long the check-in or TSA lines are at your airport? App in the Air has a crowd-sourcing element that gives you live line estimates to help you manage time. The clean design and simplified UI makes this a new must-have app for any frequent traveler.


Mobile Passport

This app is ideal for those without Global Entry and using one of the 20 major U.S. airports and 1 U.S. cruise port where this app is accepted. Officially authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mobile Passport allows travelers to submit their passport control and customs declaration information via their iPhone or iPad and bypass the regular line to enter the United States. Save time and get to the front of the line! It’s super easy to use and you can even scan in your passport info, just like you would at a machine.


If you love exploring a city by foot, you may want to download Sidekix. It lets you string together a walking route, connecting bars, pubs, cafes and all sorts of fun things along the way. It is completely customizable to your interests, preferences and even the type of walking shoes you are wearing. I don’t think this app replaces guidebooks written by hardworking journalists and researchers. It also doesn’t replace getting info by actually engaging with a local (local recommends are best). This app is simply a fun way to hit the pavement and navigate an urban jungle.


My mom always taught me to be polite when abroad by attempting to speak the local language. Some languages are more difficult than others. If you’ve booked ahead of time, try learning the country’s language with Duolingo. It offers beginner level courses, but it’s also a great tool for those looking to brush up on a language. You can also chat with bots in select languages, and this can particularly be helpful when you’re trying to learn the phrases you’re likely to use the most when abroad. I like placement tests to move up levels to tougher sections.



Airbnb is no longer just an accommodations booking site. Last fall, Airbnb launched the in-app Trips feature, to offer specialized experiences to its guests. Want to take a helicopter tour of LA or a cooking class in Paris? Choose from a list of excursions hosted by locals. With a more comprehensive approach, the Airbnb app is a great way to get beyond tourism and have a fun experience by your very own local guide.

Check out more Travel Apps HERE

More info on traveling with iPhone Here

  1. Reply

    Wendy VanHatten

    February 22, 2017

    Great info, as usual. I would like to repost and give you the credit on my travel blog. Thanks again for the info.

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Angel Castellanos
Pasadena, CA

I'm a US based travel expert and spend my time teaching people how to travel well, smart and often. I'm passionate about travel and helping people save time & money. This blog, or travel lounge, is a collection of my practical travel advice and experiences from traveling 8-10 weeks internationally each year. I believe that travel has never been easier and that everyone can achieve their travel dreams. Happy Travels!


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