TripAdvisor lets you do all the things you'd expect — book flights and hotel accomodations, find restaurants and other nearby businesses — but it's the search function that really makes this app sing.
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TripAdvisor is a must-have app for travel. You can use it not only to book your flights and hotel accommodations, but also to find out what other people think of the establishments and businesses you’ll be visiting or might encounter while traveling. And, of course, you can leave your own feedback.
Our favorite feature in this app is the hyperspecific search function. When looking for a restaurant, you can search by city, price range and the type of food you want. Categories range from more mainstream cooking styles, like Cafe, Dessert and Pizza, to what some might consider obscure, like Irish, Fusion/Eclectic, Barbecue and Irish Fusion Barbecue (okay, we made up that last one). Ditto when you’re searching for fun things to do — there are tons and tons of different activities and sightseeing options, including Landmarks/Historic Sites, Tours, Spas and Religious Sites, just to name a few.
If you’re feeling spontaneous, you can check out the “Near Me Now” tab, which is a great way to learn about local secrets. Plus, it alleviates the pressure of having your entire itinerary planned in advance. Be sure to pack this app!
Reviewed: May 23, 2011 | Caitlin M. Foyt