The world has stopped travelling for more than six months now.

This is a right time to interview professional travel bloggers and to get their recommendations in different areas. I was lucky enough to communicate with them and ask a few questions:

  1. What are the TOP 3 apps you have been using while travelling?
  2. What are advantages and disadvantages of the chosen apps?
  3. What is your number one destination, when the pandemic ends?

Following the survey results, I have made a list of the travel bloggers’ favourite GPS tracking apps with pros and cons. Check it out.

Top 13 GPS travelling apps:

  1. Booking app
  2. Flight Tracker
  3. Google Maps
  4. Sygic Travel
  5. XE Currency
  6. iOverlander
  7. The Ultimate Public Campgrounds App
  8. All Stays Camp and RV
  9. Maps.me
  10. Happy Cow
  11. Deepblu app
  12. Tripadvisor
  13. OruxMaps

Booking app

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No doubts, at least once you have used this app. It is one of the best ones for choosing accommodation in your area: over 27 million options across the world.

There are 5 main features of the app:

  1. Hotel comparison
  2. Accommodation search
  3. Accommodation deals for any budget
  4. Hotel bookings
  5. Hotel reviews

Pros

  • Great customer service
  • Easy to use:from browsing to booking and communication with the accommodation personal
  • True hotel reviews
  • free cancellation and free reservation with credit card.

Cons

  • Sometimes hotel prices are more expensive than prices in hotels’ official websites
  • No filter for hotels with in-room spa

Price

  • Free

Flight Tracker

This app helps you check all available airlines and flights for any airport all over the world.

Features of the app:

  • Track any flight in the world
  • Can find any airports and airlines
  • Detailed airlines information
  • Detailed Departure and Arrival information
  • Flight Delay information
  • Real-time Terminal and Gate updates
  • Terminal maps for major airports
  • Adding boarding pass
  • Plan your flights on trips
  • Check local weather at your destination
  • Add notes with your flight details
  • Easy sharing your flight info with friends
  • Automatically synchronizes with your TripIt account
  • Sync with your calendar
  • Interesting Aircraft facts

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Relevant and up-to-date information
  • Well-organized

Cons

  • The latest update causes big issues
  • The widget is huge

Price

  • Premium features: please contact the Flight Tracker team for more information

Google Maps

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Google Maps is one of the best and well-used apps in the world. There are 5 milliards installations on Google Play Store. It is impressive, isn’t it?

Dave from the “Jones around the world” blog: “Google Maps is simply one of the best apps out there. It has tons of fun recommendations, transport options, and helps me get places easily. It’s probably the app I use most in my life.”

Features of the app:

  • Shows real-time traffic condition
  • Real-time transportation information
  • A list of local restaurants, hotels and sightseeing
  • Navigation for cars, pedestrians and by public transportation
  • Review visited places, including pictures
  • Offline maps
  • Street view

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fast
  • Accurate
  • Reliable
  • The best navigation

Cons

  • Need to download offline maps

Megan from the “Mapping Megan” blog: “In terms of GPS apps, Google maps has been the only app we’ve ever needed, and it’s been a fabulous way to navigate through foreign countries whether we’re driving, or lost on foot in the back streets of Venice (which actually happened!)”

Price

  • Free

Sygic Travel

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This is one of the best trip planners with useful travel guides. It is a perfect app for travelling.

Features of the app:

  • Building a trip planner
  • Offline maps
  • A list of sightseeing places, restaurants, accommodation, shopping
  • Description and photos of the places
  • 360° videos
  • Great search and filters
  • Find tours and activities and buy tickets for it

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Highly informative

Cons

  • Slow map
  • navigation could be better

Price

  • Premium version: please contact the Sygic Travel team

XE Currency

This is the best app from internationally money transfers to exchange rates and currency charts. It is perfect for living abroad and manage your finances.

Features of the app:

  • International money transfers
  • Travel and International exchange

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Up-to-date information
  • Great financial planner abroad

Cons

  • Difficult process to fund the account
  • Cannot upload documents for ID verification

Price

  • Free

iOverlander

iOverlander is the greatest app because of its database of travelling places: camps, hotels, restaurants and many other categories. The best thing about this app that every included place has photos, GPS coordinates, description and it can be browsed on the map.

Linda from the “Bearfoot Theory” blog: “iOverlander is a free app that you can use to find campsites and amenities. You can even see photos and reviews from others who have stayed there. It’s great because it can be used offline and it’s not just for the US.”

Pros

  • Great database, especially free camping spots and free water spickets

Cons

  • Problems with downloading maps
  • No filter

Price

  • Free

The Ultimate Public Campgrounds App

The Ultimate Public Campgrounds App has a database of over 43,500 publicly-owned camping locations across the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii) and Canada.

Features of the app:

  • Reviews, rating, and photos
  • Filters which allow the users to select different types of campgrounds.
  • Ability to create a list of “Favourite locations”

Linda from the “Bearfoot Theory” blog: “The Ultimate US Public Campgrounds App comes in first as the most comprehensive user-friendly app for finding low-cost or free campsites on the go and it only costs $3.99. For each campsite, the app shares details about amenities, road conditions, price, and more. The downside of this app is that it’s for the US only and doesn’t show private campgrounds or RV parks.”

Pros

  • There is a refund policy
  • Available in Google Play Store and App Store

Cons

  • No offline mode
  • Privately-owned camps are not included into the database

Price

  • Please contact the Ultimate Public Campgrounds App’s team

All Stays Camp and RV

The All Stays Camp and RV app is great for finding the best 30,000 campgrounds all over the USA and Canada.

Features of the app:

  • Campground details: website, contact information, open season and etc.
  • Stores and parking lots
  • RV dealers and services
  • Filters

Linda from the “Bearfoot Theory” blog: “All Stays Camp & RV shows paid campsites, parking lots, amenities, and other places to stay in addition to public campgrounds. The downside is that it costs $9.99 but if you’re doing a lot of camping or traveling in a van or other vehicle it;s worth it.”

Pros

  • Can be used offline

Cons

  • It is available only in App Store

Price

  • Please contact the All Stays Camp and RV app’s team

Maps.me

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The Maps.me app is the best travelling app which is fast, detailed and can be used offline. It has been chosen by 140 million travellers worldwide.

Chantae from the “Chantae” blog: “I rely mostly on Maps.me whenever I’m travelling. This way, I can navigate even while I’m offline. You can use it even when you’re out of network or out of data as long as you download the map in advance. The disadvantage is that business addresses aren’t easily found, or always up to date.”

Features of the app:

  • Offline maps
  • Navigation
  • Travel guides
  • Bookmarks
  • Traffic data

Pros

  • Incredibly detailed and up-to-date app
  • Fast and reliable

Cons

  • Problems with voice navigation

Price

  • Free

Happy Cow

The Happy Cow app is the best vegan app in more than 180 countries. You can find gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian restaurants near you and read more than 700,000 reviews from all over the world.

Chantae from the “Chantae” blog: “I also use Happy Cow to find delicious vegetarian and vegan food nearby. I love how you can filter restaurants and cafes for vegan, vegetarian, and other dietary requests. Reviews from users make great for knowing the best spots in town. As a downside, it’s a paid app and can be glitchy at times.”

Features of the app:

  • Search
  • Community
  • Reviews

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Great database

Cons

  • Not working in China without VPN

Price

  • Free

Deepblu app

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The Deepblu app is amazing for dive journeys. You can find more dive spots, plan your trip, read reviews and even book dives by contacting local dive shops.

Chantae from the “Chantae” blog: “The Deepblu app syncs to my dive computer and records the locations of my scuba dives. A fun app to record scuba dives around the world that pairs with my dive computer. I love not having to carry a paper dive log all the time, and pinpoints the different dive sites I’ve visited on a map.”

Pros

  • Great database

Cons

  • App is slow
  • Poor customer support
  • Interface has problems

Price

  • Free

Tripadvisor

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The Tripadvisor app is the best for planning your trip by booking accommodation, recommendations and reviews from the travellers from all over the world.

Dave from the “Jones around the world” blog: “Tripadvisor is a great resource for quick things to do and food recommendations. I never use them for Accommodation, but I do love their Top 10 lists if I don’t know much about the destination.”

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Has about 830 million reviews of accommodation, flights, restaurants and etc.
  • Can find great deals
  • Easily modify trips

Cons

  • No outdoor dining category
  • No “edit” option in posting reviews
  • Ties uses on their location

Price

  • Free

OruxMaps

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The OruxMaps app is an online and offline map viewer. It is possible to use different map formats, like GeoPDF from USGS store, GeoTIFF maps, .ozf2, .img garmin (vectorial, no full support is provided), .mbtiles, and others.

Bilyana from the “Owl Over the World” blog: “I use this app when I’m hiking as it has very detailed routes.”

Pros

  • Needs time to learn how to use it, but it’s worth it: many useful features

Cons

  • Problems with the new update

Price

  • Free

Next destination after the pandemic ends

Can you imagine what professional travel bloggers feel when all borders have been closed? Anyway, they still hope for the best and plan their future trips. Let’s see where they are going.

Oliver Vegas from the “Oliver Vegas” blog goes to Indonesia.

JB & Renée from the “Will Fly for Food” blog are planning their trip to Latin America.

Megan from the “Mapping Megan” blog says: “We’ll be sticking to domestic travel within our home country of Australia – so much to explore, and it’s a great country for a road trip now that we’re well armed with Google Maps!”

Linda from the “Bearfoot Theory” blog says: “We’re not making any plans right now but my partner and I have been talking about overlanding in South America with Chile and Argentina at the top of our list in particular. I led a group trip to Patagonia a few years ago and am longing to go back to explore the region more.”

Chantae from the “Chantae” blog shares her travveling plan: “I’d love to go to South Africa to enjoy great food, surf, scuba dive, hike, and go on safari! It’s been a trip on the top of my to-visit list for years.”

Dave from the “Jones Around the World” blog says: “Australia. I used to live there, and it’s been way too long since I’ve been back. I had big plans to go back this year, but the border is closed for the forseeable future which is heartbreaking.”

Conclusion

I hope the list of the best GPS travelling apps made by professional travellers help you plan your vacation and stay safe. And I wish all the best to our travel bloggers.