These days’ traveling is a lot more fun because smartphone apps have virtually eliminated those hassles. The best part about these apps besides being right on your phone is that you have total control over every step of your trip. There are apps that’ll help you out where to go and also find the best deals on a trip, plus there are map apps and translation apps to help you find where you’re going.

By downloading the latest and greatest travel apps, it helps to research and book your next trip.

Find destinations that are trending: Instagram 7.0 includes a bunch of new features for travelers, including a great tool to scout for upcoming vacation spots. If you’ve already got a location in mind, check out user’s photos from there. You can search for a location using the places tab in Instagram search feature. The previous version of the app

Let’s you search people and hashtags, but now there are tables for tags and places among others.

Google translate: if you are traveling to a place and you don’t speak the languages you’ll find Google free translation on app very useful. Simply type in the words you need to translate, pick a target language and way you go. You can download a language pack ahead of time. You don’t even need to be connected to the internet to translate typed phrases and important point for international travelers who may not have mobile data.

Currency conversion: there are many different currency conversion apps out there, but XE has been long lasting and the best. It’s quick and easy and can save you a lot of money when dealing with unfamiliar exchange rates. The currency conversion apps doesn’t require any Internet connection to convert between currencies but does need one to download rates when you first select a currency.

Cheap airfare and hotel rooms: Kayak is one of the best apps for travelers. It lets you search for the best deals on the most popular travel sites from anywhere. Need to find a flight or book a hotel room. Kayak has you covered. Need to track your flight status or check baggage fees? Kayak does that. You can even find rental cars and create an itinerary for your trip. The app contains hotel review so you don’t end up sleeping on dirty sheets. You can look at the hotels overall score and see what other users are saying.

Find free Wifi: free Wi-Fi is very common today. You walk in a café, or stop at a highway rest stop and you open up you smart phone. If there is no Wifi, you get worked up. But the app Open signal can help, its signal finder, combined with a user generated database. It even has a compass to point up in the right direction to find free Wi-Fi with better cellular service. Every time you use it to locate a signal, the information is fed back into its database and the coverage maps improve for everyone. Other features include speed test to check your connection speed and MY STATS to check your cell and Wifi data usage.

Use Maps without an internet connection: GPS navigation is one of the most useful features on your smartphone, especially when you’re in unfamiliar locations. The only drawback is that with most maps you have to have an internet connection to load the maps, addresses and point of interest. A great solution is MAPS. Me. This offline mapping app gives you access to high detailed maps of 345 countries and island. When you are ready to go set the map to auto follow mode and the map will adjust itself based on the direction you’re facing. You won’t have to wonder if you’re going the right way.