The best travel apps you don’t already know about: Plan, eat, navigate, and find activities

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Traveling takes a lot of planning, but it also takes a certain degree of spontaneity. Too much planning, and you’re stripping yourself of the opportunity to stumble upon something great by chance. Too much spontaneity, and you’ll find yourself missing out on interesting adventures that require you to plan ahead. The perfect collection of travel apps will help you balance both.

We’ve curated a collection of the best travel apps to help you do just that. Our list will help you plan your trip, explore local hidden gems, navigate cities, and connect with people — all while keeping your wallet happy and your body healthy. Don’t expect to see super-obvious, super-famous apps you already know, though; the Ubers, Lyfts, and Wazes of the world didn’t make the list because we know you’re looking for discoveries.

Hate making lists, but hate forgetting things even more? You might want to look into PackPoint. The app customizes packing lists based on weather forecasts and a questionnaire about your trip — where you’re going, when you’re going, what you’re doing, etc. 

You can get all these features with the free app; but with a $2.99 in-app purchase, you’ll also get to create custom activities and save their complementary items for when you return to the app in the future. 

Travel planning is stressful, especially when it comes with an expensive price tag. It gets a teeny bit easier, though, when you make it a habit to plan trips around your budget. Hopper can help you with that.

The app watches billions of hotel and flight prices every day and draws on historical data to generate a color-coded calendar based on forecasted prices. What really makes Hopper stands out from its competitors, though, is the fact that it helps keep specific flights and hotels under your watch. Enable push notifications, and the app will tell you when it’s the best time to book, and alert you just before prices rise or right after they fall.