Essential List: Top International Travel Apps of 2022

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Handy tools for the whole trip

Events venues are seeing bookings return like it’s 2018 on a global scale. The skies seem a little bit wider as countries around the world continue to drop Covid restrictions for international travelers.

Whether you’re planning an event abroad or preparing to attend one, we’ve compiled a list of the top international travel apps right now, each serving a different purpose—from flight tracking to finding the best spots to eat vegan and vegetarian, wherever you are.

timeshifter logo white black text, five colored dots on white backgroundThe Jet Lag App

4.3 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android

The Jet Lag App is Timeshifter’s premier app for business travelers with tips for when to indulge and avoid caffeine and the best, or worst, time for a nap to quickly acclimate you to the new clock. If it’s good enough to give NASA Astronauts the rest they need while on missions into space, it’s a game changer for the meeting professional working between time zones.

lounge key logo with black text, four green stripes and white backgroundLounge Key

4.4 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android, Windows

Lounge Key is for business travelers and event-ward planners who like to maximize that waiting time before their flight. It will find a quiet place to work by helping you locate nearby lounges and gain smooth admittance to those spaces—no matter where you are, the airline you’re flying or the type of ticket you hold.

tripit logo with blue and orange text and white backgroundTripIt

4.7 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android, Windows

TripIt is primed for meeting professionals traveling in and outside of the United States. Travel plans and confirmation through plans@tripit.com are auto-synthesized into an in-app trip itinerary, creating a virtual place for easily editable, comprehensive travel planning. It can even remind you to check in for your flight and notify you of better seats as they become available.

packpoint logo with white text and green backgroundPackPoint

4.6 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android, Windows

Named the “Best Travel App” by Fodor’s Travel in 2019, PackPoint is a virtual space for all your packing lists—from essential work items to hiking must-haves. While fully customizable, the app also generates its own packing suggestions based on your travel activities and destination whereabouts. A special plus: PackPoint connects to TripIt.

signal logo with white background, black text on the left and blue speech bubble on the rightSignal

4.6 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android, Windows

Signal is a peer-reviewed, encrypted instant messaging app for groups scattered across the globe. This free, ad- and tracker-less app can handle phone and video calls, voice-recorded messaging and group chats with those back at home or the office while you’re abroad. The program is designed for individual security, as privacy is a premier focus of the app’s independent, nonprofit creator. That means your information can’t be sold to or accessed by any third parties, nor the app’s operators.

purple and black happycow logoHappyCow

4.8 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android, Windows

HappyCow is the leading app for international business travelers and meeting professionals with food restrictions. Real-time data on vegan and vegetarian options near you in over 180 countries is a click away. The program also has a Vegan Forum & Chat Board feature that lets users share their experiences at eateries, recipes and more.

tunnelbear logoTunnelBear

4.4 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android, Windows

Considering its security features and affordability for individuals and teams, it’s no wonder TunnelBear is the leading travel VPN app in customer reviews across platforms. With its simple interface and high cybersecurity provisions, this app changes the virtual location of your phone to expand access to content that is regionally based or blocked by the local government wherever you’re visiting. Plus, it protects your data on public Wi-Fi and makes it undiscoverable by network operators, internet providers and ad services.

Read MoreBeware the Public Wi-Fi Network: 6 Ways to Practice Cybersecurity While Traveling

Flightradar24 logoFlightradar24

4.6 Stars on Google Play

Apple, Android

Flightradar24 is the most relied upon flight tracker app in the market. Thousands of domestic and international flights are tracked in real time on one comprehensive, in-app map. The program’s weather forecast feature can detect air turbulence before it affects your plane, determine the weather at your destination and alert you of geological phenomena that could impact air travel over certain regions. Plus, you can connect to social media like Twitter and LinkedIn through the platform for travel-related updates from others.

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