Top 5 Free Travel Apps for the iPad

The iBooks store from Apple (Photo credit: Apple.com)
The iBooks Store from Apple (Photo Credit: Apple.com)

With its light-weight body, intuitive touch screen and multi-media features, the iPad is shaping up to be a handy gadget for avid travelers.

Strikingly similar to the iPhone, I don’t think it’s as revolutionary as advertising would suggest, but, with tons of entertaining features to kill time at an airport, I can certainly see the value for those like me who spend a lot of time trapped in transit.

Not only can you can surf the web, check your email, store your photos, watch high-quality videos, surf YouTube, listen to music through iTunes and read thousands of e-books with the mere flick of a finger, but you can access a growing amount of travel apps made exclusively for iPad.

There are new iPad travel apps being launched everyday, but here are some of the best:

1) Kayak.com: Leading the ratings race in the “travel” category, Kayak allows travelers to quickly search and book flights, hotels and car rentals from their iPads. Just like the website Kayak.com, this app helps you compare prices across hundreds of sites to find the best travel deals.

2) Submaps HD: Now you can navigate a spider web of underground transportation systems across some 16 cities. Maybe this means I’ll finally stop getting lost in subways around the world.

3) Loopt Pulse: Search the best of events, bars, restaurants and music venues across a variety of cities. Read reviews, get directions and, for those who like to stalk, this app helps you find where your friends are, what places they like and what they’re doing.

4) Beat the Traffic: Great for road trips across North America, this app helps combat your inner road rage. With live traffic maps, up-to-the-minute weather conditions and incidents on major routes across 100 cities, Beat the Traffic helps for a hassle free commute.

5) DishFinders: Satisfy your cravings for a particular dish with this new app. Dying for a juicy hamburger, tuna sashimi, pesto pizza or foie gras mac and cheese? Search your stomach’s desire and DishFinder will set you up with local delicacies in the area.

What do you think of the iPad? Indispensable gadget for frequent fliers or pure marketing genius? What iPad travel apps do you recommend? Leave your comments below….

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#1 kimkushner on 04.14.10 at 8:34 am

There's a fabulous app. for Paris called; “iknowalittleplaceparis” created by a former Stylist living in Paris & NYC… the 500+ addresses were carefully selected & shared by famous Parisian designers, artists, chefs & others shopping experts who know all the really intimate & noteworthy “little places” to shop in one of the most spectacular cities in the world. It's a must even if you're only dreaming of your trip to Paris… Bon Voyage!!! http://www.iknowalittleplace.com

#2 Viettel 3G on 06.05.10 at 1:49 am

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#3 Hansmeinz on 09.06.10 at 12:43 am

Julia, if you travel alot, you want to get AirportAce HD –shows parking & transportation information about the airport, terminal maps so you don't get lost as well as amenities, meaning it can tell you if your favorite restaurant is there so you don't wander around for an hour looking! Great app, and I highly recommend it.

#4 iPadApps on 11.03.10 at 1:57 am

An amazing set of Travel Guides designed for the iPad over here: http://mobtrav.freeglo.net/

They really use the full screen of the iPad, with lots of great features, and pictures of amazing places to see.

They work on the iPhone as well.

#5 iPadApps on 11.03.10 at 8:57 am

An amazing set of Travel Guides designed for the iPad over here: http://mobtrav.freeglo.net/ Really use the full screen of the iPad, with lots of great features. They work on the iPhone as well.

#6 iPadApps on 11.03.10 at 8:57 am

Great article BTW, really needs an update, so much has come out over the last few months.

#7 Best iPad 2 Apps on 03.30.11 at 9:35 pm

Great apps. I think traveling with and iPad would make any adventure more convenient.

#8 C Douglas on 05.17.11 at 11:20 am

TripList is a really good packing and todo app. perfect for travelers.

#9 Simon Monk on 07.09.11 at 5:57 am

Right now I'm loving the new and noteworthy “Ask a Nomad” Q&A

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#12 Limo service chicago on 05.31.12 at 6:03 pm

“Beat the Traffic” is the best application for the traveler of north America… It is a great help for everyone..

#13 Sahana Sri on 08.14.12 at 8:46 am

When I visited Paris, I took Metro for moving about and this app was too good.It has options to go to the ‘Most visited tourist places’ in Paris by metro & ‘Paris Airporttransfer’ section. This app gives choices of the shortest route, the minimumconnection, or I could even opt for the minimum walk route. This app even toldme which direction of the metro should I take. Plus, this app also has afacility of currency conversion! And ALL THIS WAS OFFLINE &FREE, I did not need data at all!!! All I paid was 99 cents for this app.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app

#14 Sahana Sri on 08.14.12 at 3:46 pm

When I visited Paris, I took Metro for moving about and this app was too good.It has options to go to the ‘Most visited tourist places’ in Paris by metro & ‘Paris Airporttransfer’ section. This app gives choices of the shortest route, the minimumconnection, or I could even opt for the minimum walk route. This app even toldme which direction of the metro should I take. Plus, this app also has afacility of currency conversion! And ALL THIS WAS OFFLINE &FREE, I did not need data at all!!! All I paid was 99 cents for this app.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app

#15 skyje on 06.10.14 at 3:14 pm

Nice post, You can also find more iPad apps here: http://fillapps.com/ipad

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