Just 20 years ago, you'd have to call an airline to make a flight reservation, buy maps and a travel guidebook to navigate a new city, and consult a phonebook to find a hotel. Traveling has become a lot easier: Thanks to a bevy of smartphone apps, you can find last-minute lodgings and airfare, stay connected en route for free, and even plan your entire trip itinerary with just a few taps on your touchscreen.
To help you get the most out of your next vacation, we've scoured the Web for must-have downloads. With the eight travel apps we've listed below, you’ll be able to pack, fly, eat, and find your way like a globetrotting pro. Best of all, these essential apps all cost $3 or less.
If you want to book flights anywhere at any time, OnTheFly by ITA Software is a great app to have in your arsenal. This program allows you to find the best possible flight by comparing airlines, dates, alternate departure and arrival cities, and fares. You can also monitor flight prices over time; OnTheFly features a 30-day calendar that