Passports and VisasWhether or not we’re willing to accept it, winter is right around the corner. This also means that it’s going to be high season for sunny destinations around the world and it might also mean you want to get started with your holiday travel plans. Thankfully, there are tons of useful iPad travel apps that can make your journey more enjoyable, more organized and more stress-free.

You might remember when I highlighted several travel apps for Android earlier this year. Many of those are also available for the iOS platform, so be sure to have a look at such offerings as TuneIn Radio and the variety of free city guides from TripAdvisor. Before you pack your things, be sure to load up your iPad with these great travel apps.

OffMaps 2

OffMaps 2 Offline Searchable Maps

OffMaps 2 Offline Searchable Maps

iTunes Store Link: $0.99

When you’re hanging around in your hometown, you probably make use of the native Maps app on your iPad to look up points of interest and to get directions. This requires an active Internet connection and that could be either not possible or not affordable, depending on where you go. OffMaps lets you save maps from OpenStreetMap for offline viewing. The 99 cents includes the first two maps and then it’s an additional 99 cents for three more maps. Alternatively, you can pay the flat rate of $5.99 to get unlimited maps. There are several other offline GPS apps that you might consider too.

TripIt Travel Organizer

Manage Travel Documents with TripIt App

Manage Travel Documents with TripIt App

iTunes Store Link: Free

You’ve got one confirmation for your flight, another one for the airport shuttle, another one for the hotel, and one more for the car rental, not to mention your restaurant reservations and event tickets. That’s a lot to track! TripIt organizes all of those travel documents and confirmation emails into one of the most useful iPad travel apps you can have.

XE Currency iPad Travel App

XE Currency for USD, JPY, EUR and More

XE Currency for USD, JPY, EUR and More

iTunes Store Link: Free

When you have two currencies that are roughly on par with one another, it’s easy enough to figure out how much you’re actually paying. Unfortunately, that’s not the case most of the time. This currency exchange app powered by XE.com is particularly useful if you’re going to be jumping from one country to another over some period of time.

FlightTrack Pro

FlightTrack Pro Live Flight Status iPad App

FlightTrack Pro Live Flight Status iPad App

iTunes Store Link: $9.99

At ten bucks, FlightTrack Pro is the most expensive in this list of iPad travel apps, but it’s arguably also the most powerful. Frequent business travelers will be particularly interested in this app, as it gives real-time information about departures, delays, gate numbers and more. It even syncs automatically with TripIt, as well as with your phone’s calendar. You’ve also got zoomable maps, weather forecasts, push alerts, and support for over 16,000 airports and 1,400 airlines around the world.

JiWire Wi-Fi Finder

Get Online with Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire

Get Online with Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire

iTunes Store Link: Free

We need Internet access. It’s our lifeblood. When you are traveling, though, you might not know where you can get connected. This offline app contains a huge database of wireless access points helping you find free Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, government buildings, shopping malls, libraries and more. Over 140 countries are included.

The Weather Channel for iPad

Free iPad Weather Channel App

Free iPad Weather Channel App

iTunes Store Link: Free

Do you need to pack shorts or a raincoat? Yes, you have many different weather apps available for the iPad, but this one from The Weather Channel is one of the best. Look at how much information you can get from a single screen! Other features include weather maps, radar maps, news coverage, and push alerts.

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