The Top Travel Apps
We all love going on vacation. Taking a break from work with a week or two away from the everyday routine is an excellent way to relax and unwind. But sometimes, the planning and preparation for a break may feel like a lot of hard work, and that’s before you even get to your destination and have to find your way around a strange place.
Fortunately, these days, there are lots of great travel apps for your iOS or Android smartphone that can help you prepare, support you en-route and help you make the most of every minute when you get there. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best travelling companions you should download as soon as you’ve booked your trip.
Apps to Prepare for Your Trip
Remember when you were young, and your dad had a huge file of paperwork about your holiday? He had everything from insurance certificates to booking confirmations. These days, it is all made so much easier by the latest apps. Download TripIt or Google Trips, and you can store all the bits and bobs of your holiday together in one place, including flight times, tickets, hotel bookings and car rental details.
The app even lets you share this information with fellow travellers easily or with friends and family at your destination, so they know when to expect you and which terminal to go to, to pick you up. Both apps will let you access your information offline, so you can check them even when you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection.
These days, there’s even an app to help with your packing. Packing Pro and PackPoint let you enter your destination, the expected weather and the activities you’re planning, such as swimming or hiking, and will compile an editable packing list for you to follow. Packing Pro will even remind you of other stuff you should think about, such as vaccinations and visas.
Apps for the Trip
Modern flying can be a real hassle, as airport security gets ever tighter, but there is an app that can make things run a little smoother for you. MyTSA, from the Transport Safety Administration, gives you up-to-the-minute information about what you can and can’t take on board your flight, and any other rules you need to know to avoid getting delayed at airport security. Real-time flight apps, such as FlightAware and App in the Air, are also essential for checking delays, boarding times and late gate changes.
For many travellers, shopping at the airport is part of the fun, but if you’d rather sit and relax, you can now have your shopping brought to you. At Your Gate is now live in six U.S. airports and allows you to order everything from food to duty-free on your phone and have it delivered to your seat in the departure lounge.
Once you’ve survived all the hassle of check-in and boarding, it’s time to settle down with some great apps to pass the time as you travel. With lots of airlines now offering Wi-Fi on board, there’s lots of fun to be had, including word game apps, slots apps, puzzle apps and quizzes.
Apps While You’re Away
Finding your way around a strange place with a different language and unfamiliar currency is never easy, but there’s plenty of apps to help you out. Google Translate is essential for communicating in 38 different languages, or you can even have a go at mastering the lingo before you leave with the Duolingo language learning app. XE Currency Converter will help you make sure you get a good deal, with regular rate updates that you can store and use offline while AroundMe will help you find the nearest bank as well as a host of other amenities when you are away.
To make the most of your stay, try Zomato for the best local restaurants, Yuggler for child-friendly local attractions or take a free guided walking tour in 17 major cities worldwide with Detour. Alternatively, Pocket Earth combines many of these features into a single app, making those bulky old guidebooks a thing of the past.
With so many different apps to help with your trip, it has never been easier, or less stressful, to plan and take a vacation. But don’t forget to take your charger to keep your phone in business. Bon, voyage!
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