5 Free Apps to Help Keep Surprise Travel Expenses in Check

Mobile phone at airport
Mobile phone at airport

Most people factor transportation, accommodations, food, and sometimes even souvenirs into their travel budgets. But even the savviest budget-minded travelers can be caught off guard by surprise expenses.

Overlooked expenses abound -- surprise Internet charges, taxi ride overages, and things like realizing the guidebook purchased before the trip does no good on the ground -- and can really add up.

While you can't plan for every potentially pricey travel snafu, you can keep expenses and surprises in check with these free apps.

Motley Fool contributor Molly McCluskey writes regularly on travel and finance. Check out her previous columns, and follow her on Twitter at @MollyEMcCluskey.