Best Travel Apps for New York City

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The following is a guest post by Hannah Story.

The Big Apple may be a small island, but it’s packed to the brim with exciting opportunities for any kind of traveller. Whether you want to see art at the MoMA, catch a Broadway play, see a Yankees game or run around Coney Island, there are endless possibilities.

But with so many choices to get your head around, New York City can, in fact, be a headache. Before you take a bite out of the Big Apple, take a look at these apps to help improve or enhance your trip.


Tripadvisor is a must-have app for any newbie or veteran traveller to NYC. Download this app for fun in the city. It’s absolutely free! Use the app to find all the nearby restaurants and attractions, and check out reviews from your fellow travellers. You’ll never have a bad meal in a new town ever again.


Are you the type to leave everything to the very last minute? You’re in a brand new city and haven’t even booked all your hotels. Not a problem, thanks to Jetsetter. Jetsetter offers exclusive travel deals. 50% off 5-star and boutique hotels? Yes please! You want to head on a spur of the moment day-trip to Long Island? Got you covered. They’ve even got suggestions for future getaways. The best part- it’s free.


Want access to the best deals while you’re on vacation? Try hand-picked daily deals from Groupon. They’re offering discounts of 50-90% on all the best places to visit, the best food, and the best shopping. Yes, you need this app when you hit New York’s infamous shopping districts. It’s completely free. And let’s say you want to head a little off the beaten track (maybe catch a quick train to Boston), Groupon Getaways is just for you.

8mm Vintage Camera

And our absolute favourite, the 8mm Vintage Camera. Although you’ve got some of your best shots from the top of the Empire State Building on your DSLR, it’s handy to have a smartphone on hand- just in case you run out of batteries! This app offers 25 retro camera effects, to instantly add a little charm to all your typical tourist shots. It’s easy to use and only $1.99. That’s much cheaper than your run of the mill disposable.

More Apps of Note

  • New York Subway ($0.99) — Get to your destination with this subway map and journey planner for NYC.
  • Coovents (FREE) — Track happy hours across the city.
  • Lonely Planet NYC Guide ($15.99) — Not cheap but chock full of information!

Now all that’s left to do is get prepared for your trip: packing, planning, collecting plenty of reading materials for the flight over. And remember not to over schedule! Give yourself time to soak up the sites at a leisurely pace. This is a holiday after all!

>> Check out the article on what to pack for a NYC getaway and what to pack for NYC in summer.

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About the author: Hannah Story is a wannabe jetsetter. These apps saved her when she headed to New York City last year! Guest post brought to you by Rentsmart.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Megan E. says

    A good start. I think Yelp is a better app than Tripadvisor for restaurants and OpenTable is great for getting reservations to crowded places.

    Also make sure to download a weather app (weatherbug is good).

  2. Sonia says

    Jetsetter sounds like it’s going to be my best friend during my visit to New York next week! For all the traveling that I do for fun and business through my job at DISH, it really is surprising that I haven’t been to many places on the east coast. Since my flight will be long, I plan to have my iPad fully charged so that I can watch live TV or my DVR recordings through my DISH Remote Access app. It comes in handy with unexpected delays, which can happen anywhere, even in the Big Apple!


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