June/July 2009
Readers' Choice Top 10 iPhone Travel Apps
We asked. You weighed in. Here are 10 reader-tested travel apps.

Last month West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro wrote about his 20 favorite iPhone travel apps. With more than 2,000 apps in the Apple App Store, that’s a lot of ground to cover—especially when each addition integrates GPS, 3G, photos, and video in new, smarter ways. So we asked you to chime in with any travel apps we may have missed. See our favorite reader-tested apps in the list below.

Topping the list is one standout. While dozens were of apps were nominated, only one inspired a chorus of devoted fans to write in—TripIt, a tool that organizes all of your travel itineraries (flight, hotel, car). One commenter, Ted, put it this way: “I travel constantly and the app I use most is not on your list.... [TripIt] is the best free travel utility there is.” We tried it; we're sold.

Many readers wanted to know (or gripe) about much it costs to get iPhone data service overseas, so we launched a full-on investigation into the dos and don'ts of international iPhone use. Find out smart ways to save cash while using your apps in “How to Use Your iPhone Travel Apps While Abroad."

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1. TRAVEL ORGANIZER

TripIt - Free
tripit.com

TripIt creates itineraries by having you simply e-mail the itinerary you receive from your booking site to plans@tripit.com. The iPhone app automatically holds your entire itinerary and will give you flight updates, confirmation numbers, etc. You can also share with friends.
Posted by: JSBULL

2. LOCAL INTEL

Unlike City Guides - $4.99
unlike.net

The Unlike City Guide app is great for finding hip spots in some select cities. I used it on my recent backpacking trip through Europe and was constantly surprising my group with places the locals hung out instead of the typical tourist traps.
Posted by: Travis Todd

3. DIGITAL POSTCARDS

goPostal - Free
PrintYourLife.com

goPostal is a pretty cool app that lets you create and mail physical postcards from your iPhone... I'm definitely planning on taking that one with me on my next trip!
Posted by: Eliana

4. TRAVEL JOURNAL

OnTheRoad.to - Free
www.ontheroad.to

I have a cool travel diary application called OnTheRoad.to and I am using it everywhere I go. My adventures are at mromanova.ontheroad.to. It is basically an online travel diary I am creating 'on the go'!
Posted by: Michaela

5. B&Bs Finder

InnTouch – Free
inntouch.com

Bed and breakfast fans definitely have to check out InnTouch. You can find and book bed and breakfasts across North America. There is a nice demo video on their site.
Posted by: David

6. EATING IN ASIA

BuUuk - Free

buuuk.com

Urban Spoon is great for U.S. cities, but the best application for finding restaurants and bars in Asia in buUuk. And it's free as well.
Posted by: Mohan

7. AIRFARE TRACKING

AirFare - $3.99

inzania.com

AIRFare is also a helpful and useful app. It gives you the lowest fares on international flights.
Posted by: Nadine Ruiz

8. SAILING

JourSail - $5.99
joursail.com

Please also consider JourSail, the world's first ship's logbook for iPhone and iPod Touch! With JourSail, sailing trips and holidays at sea can be documented easily. The resulting journal can be sent to friends and family members as an email directly from the device. For detailed information, pictures and a video, please take a look at the site.
Posted by: Stefan Zingel

9. WEATHER WEBCAMS

WorldView Live - $2.99
apptism.com

I would definitely trade Google Earth for WorldView Live and have a look at local webcams to see what's up or what the weather is really like right in the moment I need to know....
Posted by: Alexander Hansen

10. TAXI GUIDES

HoodHot's Taxi Guide - $9.99
hoodhottravel.com

HoodHot's Beijing Taxi Guide was invaluable in telling Chinese taxi drivers where to go, providing them with the Chinese-language addresses to over 3000 venues in bold text - we speak Mandarin fluently and we still get lost without the Taxi Guides! Apps in Shanghai and Guangzhou also.
Posted by: William Cheung