Getaround

Depending on when you visit a popular city, rental car rates can be reasonable or downright outrageous. If you’ve experienced sticker shock when looking at the likes of Hertz and Avis, you might want to consider the Getaround App. Like Airbnb for cars, customers can rent someone’s vehicle for about 30 percent less than the price of using familiar branded companies. You can rent by the hour or the day with 24/7 assistance and insurance already included in the price. The best part? No bothersome paperwork. You can see what’s available in your area, from compact to luxury, and unlock the car from your phone with the app’s software.

Free

iExit

When taking a road trip in the U.S., knowing what’s available at each exit is very useful information to have at hand. Signage by the highway can only give you so much detail and then you’re on your own. The iExit App lets you know what you’ll be finding at each exit, from gas stations to restaurants and ATMs. It not only lists all your options, it also allows you to plan ahead for fuel in the tank (and the tummy). This is the ideal tool for those unfamiliar with the open road and may help you avoid settling for the first fast food place you see.

Free

Roomer Travel

How many times have we booked a hotel online and not realized that the rate was nonrefundable? When you find yourself in this position, you need to download the Roomer Travel App. It allows you to sell your prepaid reservation to others, usually at a lower cost, but at least you’re not losing all of your money. Always reach out to the hotel or booking service first, but if they aren’t willing to budge, at least you have a backup plan. By the same token, you can look for bargain hotel rates from those looking to recoup their money from cancelled trips.

Free

TV Food Maps

Food on TV is big these days, with the Guy Fieris and Anthony Bourdains of this world making their way through restaurants and diners from one coast to the other and beyond. Fans of such shows will love the TV Food Maps App, which pinpoints restaurants and other eateries that have appeared on various television food shows. From “Top Chef” to “Restaurant Impossible” and “Bizarre Eats” for the more ambitious diners, you can plan your trip around one meal after the next. Before you know it, you’ll be tucking into all the dishes you’ve drooled over from the comfort of your couch. Alton Brown, eat yer heart out!

Free