20 or 30 years ago, traveling was a lot more hands-on, messy and not to mention stressful. The National Lampoon’s Vacation movies can attest to that! But nowadays, there are so much more resources and tools a traveler can use to make that trip a breeze.
Apart from going online and reading up on other people’s experiences and how you can avoid usual pitfalls, there are countless apps for travel that you can use. From planning to the actual trip, there is a convenient app that will help you along the way.
Get translations for the most common travel situations. Odyssey Translator covers basic travel situations from booking a hotel room in Rome to ordering a beer at Oktoberfest. It's unique because it breaks down travel phrases into parts and you can create your own sentences. Tap out sentences one step at a time such as “I would like/a glass of/sparkling water” and the words will translate into the other language.
A mobile app that doesn't just let you book flights from your phone: It also tells you when is the best time to buy. Hopper provides travelers with the information they need to get the best deals on flights and notifies them when prices for their flights are at their predicted lowest points.
PackPoint will organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned during your trip.
Jet Lag Rooster
Tired of jet lag? Jet Lag Rooster is the only free and scientific jet lag app available. Enter your trip details to get a customized jet lag plan. The plan tells you exactly what to do to reduce jet lag. It’s that simple.
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GateGuru is the first door-to-door solution for a traveler on their day-of travel. It displays current and future journeys; it will keep you posted in real-time on any updates to your itinerary such as security wait times, flight delays, gate changes or layover time adjustments; and you can quickly access amenity information, maps, weather forecasts, airport tips and much more.
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Fueled by a team from over 40 different countries, one search allows you to find the fastest, cheapest and best travel options by train, bus and flight to any city, town or village in Europe. Find all the ideal options for your schedule and budget in one place.
OANDA Currency Converter
Convert amounts for over 190 currencies and four metals. Keep frequently used currencies for quick access, and use a big-button keypad to quickly enter conversion amounts. Specify Interbank rates, or use a percentage add-on to better predict the actual rate charged by your bank or credit card company—you will see both bid and ask rates. This free converter uses OANDA Rate® data, the daily filtered rates used by corporations, tax authorities, auditing firms, and financial institutions.
This app lets you keep in touch with anyone from around the world as long as you have Wi-Fi. You can top your account up with credits to be able to call non-Skype users. This is very inexpensive compared to using an international cell phone plan.
Simply forward all your hotel, flight, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt automagically transforms your emails into a master itinerary for every trip so all your plans are in one place. View your itinerary anytime, on any device — even when you're offline.
Need to go, on the go? This app can help you find public restrooms near you or where you’re planning to travel. You can search, view, rate and add public restrooms to help you, your family and others enjoy the go, on the go.
Hungry and looking for inspiration? Meeting friends at a bar close by? Or just need to find the closest ATM? AroundMe allows you to search for the nearest restaurants, banks, gas stations, book a hotel or find a movie schedule nearby.
Roomer is the place where people can book hotel rooms at incredible discounts from other people who had to cancel their trips. If you're stuck with a hotel reservation that you can't use, you can sell it on Roomer instead of losing all your money to cancellation fees and nonrefundable booking rates. On the flip side, if you're looking for a great deal on a hotel room, you can book one of Roomer’s exclusive listings.
Navigate the roads like a pro. Google Maps dynamically re-routes based on real-time traffic information and even suggests which lane to be in. You can even access maps offline.
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Have you taken advantage of technology and these convenient apps for travel in your own trips? Or, maybe you have used an app that you swear by, we’d love to hear about those, too!