Keep your travel plans in the palm of your hand
If you’re a regular traveler, you’ve probably found your smartphone has become your best friend and closest ally in the fight for smooth, stress-free arrangements. We thought we’d share some of the applications that we’ve found most useful out on the road:
1. TripIt: King of smooth airport transitions, it knows what you’re doing and when you’re doing it sooner than you do. Make a detailed itinerary, no matter how many different travel firms you booked with, and sit back as it walks you through your journey. Works on iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7.
2. GateGuru: A useful app that’s compatible with TripIt, plug in your itinerary and you’ll get up-to-the-minute gate and check-in times and delays as well as weather reports and car-hire options. We particularly like the many reviews of current airline menus.
3. Hipmunk: One of the most popular ways to find flights and hotels, its innovative search engine helps you make an informed decision about how and when you want to travel. Flight times, layovers and price are all compared in a simple graph while a cute little Hipmunk dances on your screen.
In a random sampling of dates and fares, we found our consolidator airfare pricing lower than Hipmunk’s BudgetAir – but the app is good for comparing the total travel time for all the available flights on your trip – and we don’t dance as well as the Hipmunk.
4. FlightTrack: Another flight schedule app, this one is particular useful if you’re the one on the ground, waiting for family or business associates to arrive or perhaps checking on your connecting service. Handy real-time maps chart the progress of thousands of planes as they fly so you can monitor potential delays.
5. XE: The best currency calculator app available and it’s free. Simple, easy and accurate to live exchange rate fluctuations.
6. Seat Alert: Brought to you by expertflyer. com, it’s the only way to ensure you sit where you want to, particularly on flights booked a long time in advance. Record your schedule and the app alerts you to where your seat is and how to change it. No more middle seats, then!
7. Packing Pro: A nifty solution for the scatty packer, key in your destination and length of stay, and the app comes up with a suggested list of things to take along. Handy. It won’t remember to bring your husband or wife that duty-free goodie though.
More travel app suggestions, are found in this article:
The World’s 50 Best Travel Apps