6 Great Apps For Last-Minute Trip Planning

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We recently shared 10 apps that help you save time and money. Now, perfect for people who like to plan on-the-go, we've got six apps designed to help you get the most out of your next adventure.

Roadside America
Looking for the perfect oddball roadside attractions to visit during your next road trip? The Roadside America app offers maps, in-depth descriptions, and directions to help you find more than 9,000 silly spots around the U.S. and Canada including strange monuments, quirky museums, and other off-the-beaten-path local attractions and tourist traps you may have missed otherwise. Keep track of which ones you've visited, see what's coming down the road as you drive, and share the fun with your friends back home, all within the app. Available in the App Store; pay $2.99 for one of seven available regions—additional regions can be purchased a la carte for $1.99 each, or opt to pay $5.99 for all seven regions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Designed to be the go-to travel app for those who love to plan ahead and travelers who like to see where the road will take them, Triposo offers detailed maps, recommendations, and real-time travel advice (for instance, information about museum closings) for more that 15,000 places of interest in more than 200 countries. The best part: both the app and Triposo's downloadable Destination Guides also work offline, so you don't have to worry about tracking down WiFi on the road. Available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

Do you prefer to make last-minute travel plans or book flights as you go? CheapOair's app lets you view your past bookings, upcoming trips, and make new reservations for flights on more than 450 airlines worldwide. You can also get up to date information on currency conversion rates, choose your meal and seat preferences for flights, and have access to their 24/7 customer service department throughout the entire trip, just in case. Available for free in the App Store, Google Play, for WIndows 7 and 8, and on Amazon.

Tired of having to dig through all your emails and text messages to find an airline, hotel, or car rental confirmation number? TripIt is here to help. Simply forward all your confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and the app will automatically sort through and organize all your travel plans, presenting them all in a single itinerary so you can keep track of things and share your plans with friends and family back home. Available for free in the App Store, Google Play, for WIndows Phone 7, for Blackberry, and online.

GetPacked: Packing List
Never forget an important item again with GetPacked, the ultimate packing list. Designed to be like a checklist, the app aims to save you time and money on your next trip, helping you figure out exactly what you'll need on your vacation—and what you won't—by asking questions about where you're traveling and the type of trip you're taking so it can create a customized list for you to check off items as you pack. Available for $1.99 in the App Store.

Scout (formerly known as Goby)
Not only does Scout help you discover nearby restaurants, live music, movies, and other things to do over the weekend, the app also gives you tips on where to find the cheapest gas stations and uses GPS street-level technology in real-time to determine the best available routes and help you avoid traffic jams. Available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

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