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Best 5 Travel Apps that Work Offline

Even the best travel apps are no match for poor cell phone reception. In the case of world travelers, web-based travel apps can lead to astronomical roaming charges. Fortunately, there are a number of travel apps that offer partial or full functionality, even in the absence of an internet collection. Whether you are taking a family trip to the mountains or backpacking around the world, these 5 internet-free travel apps can help you get there.

  1. HopStop - Free

    When exploring a new city, public transit is typically one of the best ways to get around. It can also be one of the fastest ways to get stuck on the wrong side of town. HopStop is a free app that can help you navigate public transits like a pro. You simply input your route, and it automatically gives you step by step directions including estimated travel time and the cost of the trip. There is also a feature that allows you to map multiple routes at once. This powerful app stores subway and bus information for nearly 600 cities around the world. Best of all, it functions well without a wireless internet connection.

  2. Pocket Casts - $4

    Any podcast fanatic can tell you how difficult it is to keep up with subscriptions. This can be especially difficult in instances when poor cell phone coverage keeps you from listening to your favorite shows. With the Pocket Casts app, you can take the latest episodes of your favorite podcasts with you as you travel. Your phone will automatically download new episodes of your favorite podcasts whenever it finds an internet connection. Once downloaded, they are synced via could so each of your devices know which ones have not been heard yet. Pocket Casts has a sleek, easy-to-use interface that makes it easy for anyone to use.

  3. Avenza PDF Maps - Free

    Although many travelers think of Google Maps as their first go-to for directions, Avenza PDF Maps app offers a refined, goal-specific mapping services for travelers. The best part is that you do not have to rely on an internet connection to use this app. Avenza allows you to access and extensive library of map, including free and paid option, that you are able to download right to your Smartphone for quick and easy access.

  4. Free Wi-Fi Finder - Free

    When it comes to finding a Wi-Fi hotspot on the go, you may often find that it takes an internet connection in order to be able to find one. This handy app has a global database of known hotspots. This allows you to search by location without ever using a data connection. Although certain hotspots may shift over time, this app can be a real lifesaver for those traveling abroad or need a quick connection.

  5. Triposo - Free

    In the world of travel apps, Triposo is a bit of a masterpiece. This app features a huge catalog of information on just about any location you can think of. For offline use, users can download in-app travel guides prior to arriving at their destinations. Once you gain access to a 3G or Wi-Fi network, you can use the app to find what amenities and landmarks are nearby. Additionally, it will help you find the best restaurants in town and suggest activates for you to do while you are there.

With these 5 fun apps, the world is literally at your fingertips. Whether you plan to travel abroad or embark on a cross-country road trip, these apps can help you along the way.

Last Updated: August 26, 2014