Your smartphone can be a great tool when it comes to planning that well-deserved vacation. You can use your phone to book hotels and flights, keep track of your itinerary, and get around once you arrive at your destination. Here are some great apps to help you do all that and more.
Roadtrippers is a free app that appeals to those who’d rather drive to their destination than fly. It helps you organize your next road trip, plan your route and book lodging along the way. It also shows you what attractions or places of interest are nearby as you go, so you never miss another famous roadside attraction or historic eatery.
Whether you are in the planning phase or you’ve already reached your destination, TripAdvisor helps you find the best restaurants, bars, hotels, and local attractions anywhere you go. It has user reviews, photos, and comment threads to help you make decisions. Use the forum to ask questions or add your own input on the places you visit to help fellow travelers. TripAdvisor also has a nearby function to help you see what’s close.
TripCase is a great app that gives you updates on gate changes and delays, sometimes even before an airline app would. It also provides total travel time, plane specs, indoor airport maps, and even airline phone numbers all in one convenient place. Plus, it lets you save receipts and schedule an Uber right from the app. TripCase’s user-friendly interface and well-rounded functionalities make it a definite travel necessity.
Customs lines can suck up a lot of your vacation time. With Mobile Passport, you can insert your flight information on your phone upon arrival, answer some questions and let customs know if you have anything to declare. You will then receive an electronic receipt available for three hours. Once you’re off the plane, a customs agent will check to see that your phone scans and will ask to look at your passport, making it a much faster option than standing in line.
Navigating your way around a new location can be tricky. Google Maps helps you get from place to place and even gives you local transportation options. Search for nearby gas stations, museums, restaurants, and other services. Getting from the airport to your hotel in a rental car is a breeze when you insert your destination’s address. Let voice commands do the navigational work so you can keep your eyes on the road.
Airbnb has become a household name. Whether you’re on a budget, want a unique experience, or maybe you just prefer to stay like a local, Airbnb gives you an authentic local feeling without the need to splurge. Stay in a private home or apartment for a more personal experience or in your host’s spare room for a better deal. Airbnb is an excellent idea for short and long stays, and can be great for singles, couples, groups, and families. Just make sure to read other users’ reviews of each place you’re interested in before you book.
Traveling can be stressful, but having a few apps that ease the process could make your vacation much more relaxing. Start your trip off on the right foot (no pun intended) and download these apps to help you make the best of your experience.