Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, all I can think about is summer vacation! However, as much as I love traveling, there are a few aspects of it that I hate: not knowing what is in the area, fumbling for confirmation numbers, and trying to convert money in my head. Fortunately, there’s an app for that! In fact, there are now numerous travel apps out there that will help save you time and money on your next vacation. Before you head out on your next trip, make sure to check out these apps:

1. Yelp

We all know of Yelp’s website, but Yelp has a pretty impressive mobile app, as well! This is easily my favorite app for finding restaurants, drugstores, and other businesses nearby. Choose the category, such as gas station or coffee shop, and it quickly brings up everything in your area — including distance from your location, price points, and reviews from other Yelp users. However, my favorite part of Yelp’s app is the deals! Yelp has two different categories to find offers in your area: the "deals" category or the "check-in offers" category. Last time I used this app, I found a check-in offer of $10 off $30 at one of my favorite restaurants!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry

2. Gas Buddy

Everyone hates filling their car up with gas, but at least you can find the best price with Gas Buddy. This app uses your current location to search for the cheapest gas in your area, as well as provide you with the average price in your city. I did a quick search and found a station nearby that is 15 cents cheaper per gallon than the station I normally go to!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry

3. Expedia

Expedia is one of the highest-rated apps for booking hotels and flights. You can sort by price, popularity, rating, and distance, but you can also filter for specific hotels and prices. An added perk is that they also offer exclusive mobile deals when you book using their app!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone, Android and Windows

4. XE Converter

If you’re anything like me, trying to do math in your head is not the best idea – particularly when it comes to money! Instead of trying to figure out if 20 Euros is the right amount to leave as a tip or if 1000 Yen is a good deal for that teapot, let the XE Converter do the work. This app allows you to convert any currency to any other currency instantly and is a must have if you’re traveling internationally.

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry

5. FlySmart

How many times have you grabbed an order of fries or a giant cinnamon roll while waiting for your flight because you didn’t know what else was in the terminal? With the FlySmart app you can get concession listings and airport venue maps powered by Bing. It also provides reviews of the airport’s restaurants, shops, and services, along with security wait times and suggestions of things to do in the area. No more cinnamon rolls for me!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone, Android and Blackberry

6. TripCase

TripCase is one of my personal favorite travel apps because it encompasses so much! This app allows you to integrate all of your reservations into one itinerary so you have all of your confirmation numbers and details in one place. TripCase also begins monitoring your flight 48 hours in advance and will alert you immediately of gate changes, delays, and cancellations. If you have a family member or friend picking you up from the airport, simply add their email address to your trip, and they’ll get any updates on your flight, as well!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone and Android

7. Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight is a great app if you’re looking for a same-day hotel. Deals update every day at noon for the current night, and discounts can be as high as 70 percent! You can narrow your search by category: basic, solid, hip, or luxe. I did a quick search in my area and found a high-end hotel, normally priced at $340 a night, for $199!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone and Android

8. Wi-Fi Finder

This is another app that I love to use when traveling! Wi-Fi Finder uses your phone’s GPS to locate free Wi-Fi Internet and features over 145,000 locations. You can also narrow your search by category, so if you’re in the mood for a mocha while you surf the Internet, you can select coffee shops, and it will locate any with free Wi-Fi in your area. So if you were thinking about paying the hotel to use their Wi-Fi, forget it!

Cost: Free
Available for: iPhone and Android

9. Postagram

Last time my family went on vacation, my son wanted to send postcards to his friends — but I didn’t really want to go to the hassle of having to purchase a whole book of stamps and find a mailbox while on vacation. Instead, we used the Postagram app, which allows you to take your own photo, write out a little note, input the recipient’s address, and voila! It creates and sends the finished product, which is a postcard with a 3×3 photo that detaches as a keepsake. Each postcard costs 99 cents to send anywhere in the world. However, make sure to check their Facebook page before you go, as they sometimes run specials for free cards.

Cost: Free download, $0.99 per postcard
Available for: iPhone and Android

9 Time and Money-Saving Travel Apps