Finding cool new travel apps always gets me a little giddy. I love to stumble across something fresh, awesome, and unexpected, that either solves a problem I hadn’t thought about, or looks to solve an existing problem with a different perspective. That’s what great apps do right? Solve problems and simplify our lives.
As someone who travels a lot, why wouldn’t I want to know about the newest tools that can make exploration just a little bit easier, or more interesting? It’s like when that hammer came out that hammers the nail for you. If I were a carpenter, I’d want that! If I were building things every day, I’d want that! Hell, I still want it.
I know a lot of people don’t have any more space on their phone, or just can’t be bothered to clutter their device with even more apps. I get it, but I still think new tools are worth trying out, so I like to save a little space for playing with them. Maybe I’ll delete the app after a day, or maybe I’ll love it and replace something else.
Here are five fresh faces on the travel app scene that will be worth your time to try:
Find experiences that locals recommend. HeyLets has a beautiful interface for discovering what to do in new cities. Filter by arts & entertainment, dining, drinking & nightlife, shopping, outdoor recreation, and more. I love the simplicity!
Heading to New York or Las Vegas anytime soon? Headout is your in-hand on-demand concierge for good times. Book tickets for tours, activities, and attractions at the last minute for a fraction of the cost. Think HotelTonight for tours – but in just these two cities for now.
For all the globetrotters out there, the amazing part about Maps.Me is that the maps are available offline. When you skip over the pond and go into airplane mode for weeks at a time, you can still use Maps.Me to get around. Super fast, super detailed, and super helpful!
Just featured on Product Hunt this morning, and already getting pretty steady up-votes, GlobeWhere is a super easy way to create personalized trip itineraries, complete with activities, budgets, and collaborative planning features.
Inviita is still in beta, but you can sign up to try it out. It’s always fun to get in on the ground floor and be part of the product development process. This is when you’re voice really matters, and if you care enough, you can help build the app that you really want.
There’s a bunch of different options out there for exploring crowd-sourced travel experiences, connecting and curating, planning and booking, but who’s doing it best? You just have to keep testing until you fall in love with one, and eventually, one of them claims the space.
I’d say these five players are worth a trial run! What do you think?