Traveling can be stressful. Thankfully, there are apps that make it easier. Here are ten of our favorites that will help plan itineraries and meals, book flights, and find the best deals. Next
Store all of your travel information in one place with TripIt. Simply forward confirmation e-mails for flights, hotels, car rentals, and more and the app will organize and create detailed daily itineraries. Access directions, maps, and weather information for each destination and transfer trip plans to mobile calendars. Plans can be added and edited manually and itineraries can be accessed on and offline. Tech savvy travelers can also share their info directly on e-mail and social media. Offers free and premium versions.
Available on IOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows.
With itineraries, flight alerts, and personalized services, WorldMate acts as your own personal travel assistant. Import reservations and the itinerary manager will organize flights, hotels, car rentals, meetings, and transportation information into an easy-to-use schedule. Travel plans can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin and users can share flight statuses and updates with friends and family. Booking and planning features (available on the iPhone only) allow users to search and book the best hotel deals. The app even stores payment information for quick reservations. WorldMate also has notifications for hotel price comparisons, available upgrades and savings, and flight schedules. Use the app to check weather, calculate tips and view global tipping information, view currency exchange rates, and even access Yelp reviews for dining and attractions. Includes free and Gold versions.
Available on iOS, Android, and Windows.
Available on IOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows. Next
Traveling is expensive, but with Expedia’s Hotel and Flights mobile app, users are guaranteed savings. Book hotels and flights featuring real-time itineraries and notifications. Expedia Mobile Exclusive hotel deals save travelers up to 40 percent on rooms and reservations can be made on the go. Set the location and options can be sorted by price, deals, and reviews, featuring full-color images. Book a flight to any destination in under 30 seconds and sort by price, duration, and time. Specific airport names, cities and codes can be searched individually as well. Itineraries and upcoming trips can be viewed quickly and the app sends notifications for flight delays and gate changes. Free.
Available on iOS, Android, and WIndows. Next
This app makes it easy to find and score the best deals on hotels, flights, cars, packages, and more—by comparing hundreds of travel sites in one easy-to-use search platform. Find and book flights and hotels and manage itineraries in separate tabs. Kayak also sends notifications for flight delays and price changes. Free.
Available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Kindle. Next
Words like “efficient,” “relaxing,” and “fun” are not always associated with airport travel but with GateGuru it can be a little easier. The app stores and organizes flight and airport information. Check the airport terminal, airport weather, gate arrival and departure information, and real-time flight status with push notifications and updates. International fliers can also look up estimated TSA security wait times. Users can access airport amenities and food information, complete with ratings and reviews, that are organized based on the terminal. The app also offers helpful airport maps and navigation tips along with cheap last-minute car rental bookings. Free.
Available on iOS, Andorid, and Windows. Next
Stay on top of your packing list and never leave a single item at home again with Packing Pro. Create multiple, unlimited customizable lists quickly and easily with templates and personal options. View sample lists, ideas, and packing suggestions. Lists are easy to monitor and organize, and users have the option to view and sort packed items vs. unpacked items. Filter items based on which bag their packed in. Item details (such as weight, value, etc.) can be entered and totaled so users can easily access how heavy and how much each bag is worth. Lists can also be e-mailed and printed for easy access. Basic and pro versions available. Free and paid version.
Available on iOS. Next
Drive safely and avoid getting lost with Waze, a fun and interactive navigation app. It features a standard GPS with real-time traffic and road information. Users can opt to receive notifications for accidents, hazards, and more and can also report delays. Voice-guided navigation and automatic re-routing based on road conditions allow travelers to drive with the most updated information. The app also stores frequent destinations and routes and even finds the cheapest gas. Waze is linked to social media so users can alert friends and family with their ETA and see Facebook friends’ location. Free.
Available on iOS, Android, and Windows. Next
Manage money abroad easily with XE Currency. Find live currency rates and charts along with extensive information on every world currency. Exchange rates update every minute and can monitor up to 10 user-selected currencies. It features a currency converter and price calculator and organizes rates from high to low. Offers free and paid versions.
Available on iOS, Android, and Windows. Next
Do you find yourself checking e-mails on vacation? AwayFind allows users to get away from their inbox by filtering messages. Simply connect an e-mail to the app and it will push only e-mails specified as urgent. No more stress or piles of unread, unimportant e-mails. Read what you need and put the phone away. It also features an alert system where users can program notifications for high-importance e-mails. Free.
Available on iOS and Android. Next
Can’t find a place to eat? Foodspotting is a visual guide to the best food, with full color pictures of rated and reviewed dishes. Whatever you’re craving, the app can connect you to the best restaurant and most authentic dish. Just program a location, search for a particular dish, or find the highest rated restaurant. Users can also share their favorite dishes via Instagram. Free.
Available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. Back to the beginning
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