Travel Apps

Every free travel planner app for each travelers' needs in 2021

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Travel Apps

Every free travel planner app for each travelers' needs in 2021

Updated on: 
April 4, 2021
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There's a travel planning for every kind of traveler, whether you need to build an itinerary, plan a road trip, or coordinate your next vacation with friends. We've got you covered.

For most of us, planning travel itineraries is the first phase of excitement that keeps us going. It gives you something to look forward to even if your trip isn’t going to happen very soon. But, if truth be told, it can also be overwhelming when it comes to pulling everything together.


Enters the travel planner app.


Travel planner apps are popular because they have proven to be very useful in planning itineraries quickly and easily. They make sure your travel ideas aren’t forgotten, even if your brain does. Good travel planner apps are meant to simplify the planning process, help you organize details with minimal effort, so you can spend less time organizing and more time looking forward to your trip!

Travel Planning
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But every traveler isn’t the same. This is why we have rounded up the 10 best travel planning apps, each catering to a different type of traveler so that you no longer have to be stuck with the same old Google Sheet or notes app that isn't making your life easier, especially when planning for a group.


But, all of our choices have one thing in common. They can be used to build, edit, and share travel itineraries using the features they offer.


1. Pilot

We'll admit that we're a bit biased. But hey! We wouldn't be building Pilot if we didn't think it's the best or if we were fully satisfied with the other options on the list.

Best for:

Easily making travel plans, collaborating live and seeing what experiences friends and family have taken or want to take.

Why we like it:

As a social travel planner, Pilot makes planning an immersive experience more than a mere task because you get to do it with your favorite travel mate(s) – or by yourself!

Whether it’s brainstorming ideas, seeking inspiration, voting for places, or setting up a budget, Pilot has got you covered. Its user-friendly interface is a delight for perfectionists who love categorizing events, activities, and attractions in different forms. It will integrate all the travel ideas you have gathered from the web in one place.

The app can also be used to store important travel details like flight booking numbers. If you're looking for something better than a Google doc or spreadsheet to plan your trip but that's just as flexible, you've come to the right place.

Who is it not for:

If planning trips yourself isn’t your thing, Pilot may not be ideal, but they do offer assistance for free to work with you on making a personalized trip based on your interest.

Best feature:

  • The ability to plan trips together in real-time
  • BONUS: The Pilot team offers free trip planning assistance and recommendations via live chat.

Pricing:

  • Totally free. :)

Versions:

  • Just web for now. iOS and Android coming soon.

Alternatives:

  • MyLike and Pebblar
Pilot Travel Planning App
An early mockup of the Pilot app, coming soon!

2. TripIt

Best for: 

A minimal business travel planner to organize all the essential details for work trips.

Why we like it:

TripIt is simple and straightforward in what it does. It gathers all travel-related booking and confirmation emails related to flights, transportation, and accommodation to form an itinerary. This way, you don’t have to spend time searching for them individually.

Its premium version sends important alerts regarding flight status, delays, and gate numbers, improving your experience even more. The app also has a neighborhood safety score which can be really helpful for solo travelers, female backpackers, and anyone. 

We think the app is best suited for busy professionals on business tours and last-minute travelers who don’t have the time to sort through their trip details.

Who is it not for:

Travelers looking for features other than organizing booking details such as interesting travel content, guides for inspiration, and the ability to add specific attractions. It’s also not a collaborative trip planner, although itineraries can be shared, so you can really only use it for work travel.

It's owned by the enterprise technology company SAP, which means the interface is very formal and stiff, so probably not what you're looking for if your trip is for leisure, but might be great if you're looking for that.

Best feature:

  • The app automatically imports details from your inboxes. 

Pricing: 

  • Basic version is free but...
  • You'd probably need TripIt Pro which costs $49 per year to get the full value.

Versions:

  • iOS, Android, and web

Alternatives:

  • Trip Case and Trek Friend
TripIt Trip Planner App


3. Jubel

Best for: 

People who want their trip to be a complete surprise, and not have a say in the planning at all.

Why we like it:

If you love the idea of visiting a place you haven’t thought of or planned on visiting before, Jubel would be a great trip planner. Once signed up, users only have to go through the task of answering a questionnaire highlighting their preferences vaguely or specifically – as they wish. From there, the Jubel team does the research and hard work to create a travel itinerary for a destination that fits your expectations. The idea of surprise trips can sound skeptical, but many have liked it. If not, you can specify a destination and the kind of activities you are interested in, and get your trip organized. 

Who is it not for:

Travelers who are fixated on the destination and places to visit. There is also a probability of not liking the destination picked for you, and this has unfortunately been reflected in some of their less positive reviews.

Best feature:

  • The app provides surprise trips to mystery destinations. This is great if you don't care where you're going, but want to see something new. Be warned that you will pay a premium for this.

Pricing:

  • $1500 upwards for a trip inclusive of all costs and fees

Version:

  • Web 

Alternatives:

  • LuckyTrip
Jubel Mystery Trip Planner
Image courtesy: Jubel


4. HipHerd

Best for:

People who want to save their travel inspiration in one place, and don't need or want planning functionality.

What we like about it:

HipHerd makes sure you don’t lose track of interesting destinations, inspiring travel stories, adventure trips, and other information you come across when surfing the web at random. Essentially, you can gather and save travel ideas at your own pace using this platform. This way, you would have interesting attractions lined up by the time you start planning an itinerary. You can also create boards for each destination you plan to visit, categorize relevant details, and share them with others for real-time collaboration. Once you have sorted your itinerary, it will be displayed on a map for you to picture your trip at a glance. 

Who is it not for:

Travelers looking for essential features like the ability to store important travel details like flight information, and track your budget to give you an idea of expenses. 

Best feature:

  • Its downloadable Chrome extension that lets you save travel information from the web easily 

Pricing:

  • Free

Versions:

  • Web

Alternatives:

  • PlanApple
HipHerd Travel Planner App
Image courtesy: HipHerd

5. ViaHero

Best for:

Travelers hunting for authentic local experiences and don't care about flexibility.

What we like about it:

Some travelers prefer their trip experiences to be a slice of local life without being herded towards tourist traps. ViaHero connects travelers with locals in the destinations they wish to visit. This way, you have access to insider information, tips to navigate around, and ways to avoid overpaying just because you are a tourist. The local guide will curate an itinerary with your suggestions along the way, taking care of transport, accommodation, and food arrangements. It essentially saves you time planning trips, sorting through attractions, and putting together an itinerary.

Who is it not for:

You can’t use ViaHero to travel anywhere in the world. They have a limited list of destinations to choose from with connections to local guides. It’s also expensive and may not be ideal if you love planning trips yourself and only want suggestions and advice from locals on where to go and what to see!

Pricing:

  • $40 per day for a custom-made itinerary, and more for groups.
  • No free version or free trial.

Versions:

  • iOS, Android, and web

Alternatives:

  • TravelSherpa 
ViaHero UI for trip planning
ViaHero's UI


6. RoadTrippers

Best for:

Anyone who only wants to plan a road trip.

What we like about it:

As the name suggests, the app is specially built for road trip enthusiasts who want to have a heads-up about interesting attractions that can be visited along the chosen route. It also shows dining and lodging options that come in handy for people on long journeys. Every interesting stop is pinned on a map, so that you can add what’s interesting to your itinerary. There’s also the ability to search for specific attractions using filters. Once done, the itinerary can be edited, saved, and shared with others who partake in the trip. 

Who is it not for:

Travelers who don’t take road trips often as the subscription is expensive. There’s a basic version for free but with very limited features. Also, the app is not very user-friendly when it comes to navigation, so you'll likely need to bring your laptop with you in the car and use data from your phone to access it. 

Best feature:

  • Gives you information on lesser known attractions 

Pricing: 

  • Their paid version costs $29 per year or $6.99 per month

Versions:

  • iOS, Android, and web

Alternatives:

  • Google My Maps
Road trip planning app
Image courtesy: RoadTrippers


7. GEOVEA

Best for:

Travelers serious about time schedules and budgeting 

What we like about it:

GEOVEA aims to make itinerary building easy for travelers with its detailed user-interface. Once a destination is selected, activities for each day of the trip can be selected using its in-built sources like Yelp and dragged into time slots. It also allows you to keep track of transportation, accommodation, and other bookings made, including what’s yet to be done. Then, you can estimate costs for each activity and edit them later on. You can share your itineraries with friends and family as well.

Who is it not for:

Traveler’s seeking an app. GEOVEA’s main drawback is that it’s only a web-based platform, although travel-content can be viewed using mobile. Secondly, it’s not a platform for collaboration to plan trips in groups, although itineraries are sharable. Third, it's not super flexible, so you might just be better off with some of the other options on this list.

Pricing: 

  • Standard package is free with a limited number of itineraries.
  • Other subscriptions are available for $29.99 and upwards for a year. 

Versions:

  • Web

Alternatives:

  • TripSee
Geovea travel scheduler
Image courtesy: GEOVEA


8. Inspirock

Best for:

Travelers who want AI to create a highly detailed and structured plan for them.

What we like about it:

Inspirock asks you some basic questions and then uses them to create a highly detailed itinerary for you. Once you pick a place for your itinerary, you can view its travel guide that includes details on major attractions, reviews, accommodations options, best modes of transport, and others. It can help you determine if you are travelling to a place that’s convenient and interesting. When creating an itinerary, you can add multiple stops/cities along the way, search for transportation and accommodation options and book them. Then, it will be visualized in a map.

Who is it not for:

Travelers looking for an app that supports all destinations. It’s also blamed for incorrect suggestions, improper ordering of places, and other complexities. If you select a place/attraction that’s not in Inspirock’s suggestions, you are on your own to get there. Unfortunately the suggestions and experiences they add to your trip plan aren't often personalized well enough to be useful, meaning you'll have to actively go and delete things from your trip. Depending on how rigid you want your travel plans to be and if you want to do more unique activities than just the highlights, you might want to wait until their predictions get more accurate.

Pricing:

  • Free

Versions:

  • Web  

Alternatives:

  • TripHappy
Inspirock Travel Itinerary Plan
Image courtesy: Inspirock


9. Travefy 

Best for:

An itinerary building app build specifically for travel agents.

Why we like it:

There aren’t a lot of travel planner apps like Travefy geared towards professionals and travel companies. Using this platform, travel agents, consultants, and guides can simplify their tasks such as building itineraries, managing or editing them, providing recommendations, and helping clients with their travel plans. Features related to flight bookings, accommodation, and top attractions are also available. You can deliver custom-built travel plans via a mobile app, email, or PDF format. With the mobile app, agents can also keep in touch with their customers through instant messages. Overall, it streamlines a lot of tasks for professionals handling multiple clients.

Who is it not for:

It’s a very expensive service for travel agents just starting out. Also, the set-up and functionalities of some features are quite complex to understand in the beginning.

It'd also be overkill for anyone who isn't a travel agent. Most of the functionality you won't use for your leisure travel, and it'd be expensive to pay for it.

Best feature:

  • Free mobile app for clients so travel agents can communicate and edit details easily.

Pricing: 

  • $39/month 
  • $372 for annual subscription

Versions:

  • OS, Android, and web

Alternatives:

  • Rezdy
Travefy trip planner for travel agents
Image courtesy: Travefy


10. Trotter

Best for:

Travelers who mostly just want tips and recommendations from other travelers, and want an alternative to the TripAdvisor forums.

Why we like it:

If you want insider information on a place you are hoping to visit in the near future, Trotter can be helpful. Users can ask for travel tips and recommendation from reliable sources such as travelers who have visited or lived in the destination. 

It makes it easier to navigate around, exploring a new city while minimizing costs, and allocating time for attractions that are worth visiting. People don't have to be on Trotter to give suggestions as the app is connected to multiple social media platforms. You can plan and create itineraries using information gathered from them.

Who is it not for:

Travelers looking for a detailed itinerary builder. Travel guides are mainly a collection of attractions and tips related to them. You also cannot store important travel-related information on the app. 

Best feature:

  • A platform to receive and share unbiased reviews and recommendations 

Pricing:

  • Free

Versions:

  • iOS and Android

Alternatives:

  • Spot
Trotter Travel plan recommendations app
Image courtesy: Trotter


So, this is our list. If you think there are any other apps that offer a unique element to itinerary planning and deserve travelers’ attention, let us know!