Readers Choice

Best Travel AppAs chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best

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    Viber makes free calls and sends any kind of message you can think of (text, sticker, etc.) to other Viber users, on any device, in any network and country. It makes staying in touch with loved ones back home easier than ever. A new feature lets Viber users call those without the app for an incredibly affordable fee.

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    Foodspotting makes finding favorite dishes or new flavors while traveling easier than ever. It's like Yelp but incredibly specific. Travelers can fly into any major city, and some smaller ones, too, and do a search for whatever they're craving. The best Tom Yum soup in San Francisco, or arepas in Bogota are suddenly just a few clicks away. An emphasis on attractive photography create a visual feast, as well.

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    Foursquare is a great app for those looking for information on the establishments they're patronizing. For instance, urban explorers can load the app when they enter a new restaurant or museum and see a list of tips and comments from those who have come before them. If a Foursquare user checks in frequently enough to one location, he or she can win perks or treats from participating venues.

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    Hipmunk is the fastest, easiest way to plan travel. This app compiles flight and hotel information, including layovers and pricing, from top travel sites to save vacationers the hassle of hopping all over the web to compare rates and deals. Travelers can sort by "Agony" or "Ecstasy" to get the best comparison of flight or hotel price, hotel location, number of stopovers, etc., which makes looking for a flight or a place to sleep painless.

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    With FlightTrack, thousands of domestic and international flights are trackable on easy-to-read maps. Details like departure gates, delays and cancellations are at users' fingertips. Push notifications tell travelers when they should roll out of bed and head to the airport. The terminal maps on the app are super useful, too.

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    TripIt was one of the first travel apps on the scene and has mastered the art of keeping travelers prepared--from allowing users to create itineraries that are shareable with friends and family, to making finding the perfect rental car a dream. This app has it all figured out. Airline reminders are also siphoned into TripIt, making it a one-click destination.

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    Skyscanner aggregates fares from airlines and all the well-known travel sites to get users the absolute best deal on plane fares. For nervous sorts or penny-pinchers, Skyscanner also does the service of pinning a search to a phone's start screen and updating price fluctuations. Skyscanner makes searching for flights simple and saves you time and money.

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    TripAdvisor's mobile app gives travelers the opportunity to check the latest hotel, restaurant and attraction reviews; browse for ideas on what to order or what to do (or not); and read all sorts of helpful tips from other travelers who've shared their experiences. Reviews can be sorted by date, which is a useful feature.  While not all reviews are helpful, many travelers check here before making a commitment.

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    TravelSafe is an indispensable tool for smart travelers no matter their destination. It's an app that could possibly save a life or two, if it hasn't already. TravelSafe compiles emergency numbers for countries worldwide, providing access to police, ambulances and fire departments. If a traveler should have a passport issue, every embassy's contact information is listed, as well.

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    The Waze website claims it's the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Users can connect with other drivers in the area and share real-time traffic information, keeping one another fully informed well in advance of other methods of discovery. This app is great for those on road trips or other car-bound travelers and even calculates the cheapest gas prices in proximity.

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Waze takes the Top Spot

Readers also like TravelSafe, TripAdvisor, Skyscanner, Tripit

The winners are in for the 'Best Travel App' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice.  Jumping to an early lead and holding the #1 spot throughout the contest, Waze has apparently set the bar high with our readers.     

The winning app - Waze - offers drivers real-time information from other drivers, sparing them the agony of delays and hazards.  This Google product is finding loads of early adapters.   

The top 10 finishers are as follows:

  1. Waze
  2. TravelSafe
  3. TripAdvisor
  4. Skyscanner
  5. TripIt
  6. FlightTrack
  7. Hipmunk
  8. Foursquare
  9. Foodspotting
  10. Viber

Congratulations to all the winners! 

If you're looking for an excellent list of travel apps to add to your phone or tablet, look no more.   From booking to navigation and nearly everything in between, these apps cover the phases of travel.

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The Experts

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is a consumer advocate, multimedia journalist and customer service expert known for his practical advice and creative solutions to customer-service problems. He writes the On Travel column for USA Today and is the author of the upcoming book How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle) (National Geographic Books/Random House). He blogs every day at

Jefferson Graham

Jefferson Graham is a technology columnist and photographer for USA TODAY and host of the USA TODAY digital video show Talking Tech. He is the author of 9 books, including the recent 'Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video.'

Jennifer Welch

Jennifer Welch contributes as a USA TODAY Road Warrior, earning her status by being a business traveler who flies at least 100,000 miles and/or spends 100 nights per year in a hotel .  A global flight attendant, Jennifer spends much of her time traversing the planet, while soaking up local culture along the way.   On more grounded days, the tropical paradise of Maui is the place she calls home.    

Simon Hill

Simon is a freelance writer with many years of experience. He has covered a wide variety of topics online and in print, including technology, video games, history, movies and travel.

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