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4 Great Travel Apps to Use on Your Next Trip

You don't need a thousand different travel apps to be a great traveler.

In fact, the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Management Institute has conducted a study on the use and popularity of travel apps, and found out that the overwhelming majority of travelers use no more than two travel apps. Which apps are most relevant and useful to you may depend greatly on your travel frequency and style. Here are some of the travel apps we love at ClaimCompass.

Hopper

Hopper app

Hopper was named the best travel app of 2015 by Apple, was among Google Play's Best Apps of 2016 and received the Webby Award for Best Travel App. There’s a good reason for it.

At first sight, the app may appear just as any other flight search engine, only better in design and usability. What distinguishes Hopper however is that it accesses an enormous amount of historical data in order to find the absolute best price for your flight.

The calendar gives you a quick look at which days are the most expensive. If you're on a budget, pick a green one. Remember: flexibility is key when it comes to saving money on flights.

Once you've picked your flight dates, the travel app tells you whether you should WAIT or BUY your ticket. It goes as far as giving you predictions like "prices should drop until the end of the month and surge after".

**Bottom line: Hopper is the perfect travel app to help you save money when booking your flight tickets.
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Google Maps

Google Maps

Using your data while traveling can get very pricey, especially if you’re like me and depend on Google Maps even in your hometown. The other alternative is finding the closest Starbucks, connecting to the ultra-slow wifi and taking no less than 50 screenshots of all the places you want to go to that day. Yeah, we’ve all done that.

But Google Maps got really better with recent updates: the app lets you download portions of the map and access them offline. This way, when you're traveling by car, you don't need to keep the data on. The same goes within a city: download the map once via wifi and find your way to the main attractions without spending anything on orientation! Just don't make the mistake of planning an overly ambitious itinerary.

TransferWise

Transferwise

If you’re staying longer abroad and don’t want to pay ridiculous amounts of money in bank transfer fees, then you should get TransferWise. The app allows for fast transfers between accounts into several different currencies, at a fraction of the price charged by the big banks.

It is secure, very easy to use and you get to track your money from the moment you send it until it is received. Here at ClaimCompass we love TransferWise and use it for almost all of our transfer, saving our clients quite a bit of money in unnecessary transaction fees.

Tripit

TripIt

Just a weekend trip to New York can result in a ton of paper confirming your flights, your transfer, your hotel, your travel insurance, your Broadway show tickets… the list is endless and before long you find yourself flipping through a pile of paper, desperately looking for that confirmation number.

The folks at Tripit have solved this issue for you: the app compiles all of your confirmations, tickets, etc. within one single space. All you have to do is forward all trip-related information your Tripit account. The app then screens through all those emails and organizes one complete itinerary, which is far easier to navigate through than either going through your inbox or a bunch of paper.

Even better: if you synchronize the app with your mailbox, it will automatically retrieve the relevant information about your trip and import it. You won't have to lift a finger!

You can even import digital copies of your travel documents, including your passport and Global Entry card. That's not negligible, especially if protecting your identity while traveling matters to you.

Download These Travel Apps and You're Ready To Go

We have a way more extensive list of great free travel apps that you should check out. But if you're planing on using only a handful, these are the ones you need.

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