When it comes to travel are logistics not your forte? From the moment smartphones burst onto the scene, ingenious developers have come up with an amazing range of apps designed to make your travel experience smoother, cheaper and more fun. Gone are the days where confusion reigned supreme due to language barriers and illegible maps, nowadays your phone does all the work for you. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite apps that will prep you for your next journey! Each of the apps below earned its place on our list by making the travel experience more enjoyable, safer or efficient.
- You probably use Google Translate in your everyday life but when it comes to travel it’s simply unbeatable. Make sure to download the app before you head off on your next destination as language barriers can lead to frustrating moments during your travels.
- If you’re keeping an eye on the best flight deals than the Skyscanner app is for you! It does everything you’d ever need it to, aggregating fares from airlines and the big travel sites to bag you the best bang for your buck. A cool feature is the option to pin your search to your start screen and keep an eye on price fluctuations. Talk about keeping your eye on the prize!
- Do you want to avoid waiting for your party’s arrival or more importantly the parking fees that usually follow those long waits? FlightTracker allows you to follow the path of thousands of flights with detailed information on departure gates, delays and (heaven forbid) cancellations.
- Minube app is effectively an e-library that covers over 64,000 destinations in over 200 countries. There are thousands of mini-guides at your disposal from travelers for free or at a small cost. The app is a virtual travel organizer that lets you find vacation ideas, save favorite places in lists and allows you to create your own travel itinerary.
*Fun fact: Users can also plan and interact with friends using Minube.
When hunger strikes:
- Is there anything more disappointing than realizing you missed out on a culinary experience when you leave a city? Well, luckily this doesn’t have to happen ever again! The Foodspotting app works a treat (pun intended), responding to your every culinary whim and desire, with recommendations from local foodies that will will have your taste buds tingling with excitement.
Err on the side of Caution:
- The TravelSafe app has been described as the Swiss army knife for your smartphone. A database of emergency service numbers for just about every country you’d ever visit. You’ll have access to emergency numbers (police, medical and fire) and the contact information for your embassy.
- Although we live in an age where technology is king, it’s Mother Nature who rules the roost. WeatherPro app is an intuitive app offering weather reports for over two million geographical locations. The App should have been called the “rainmaker” as it’s accuracy is spot on!
- Don’t let jet lag get you down and out during your vacation. The Entrain app which takes your travel dates, location and dispenses advice on how to adapt to your jet lag in advance. The app offers a personalized light adjustment schedule and informs the user as to how long it will take to get used to a new time zone.
- The XE Currency has been downloaded more than forty million times to date and because it uses live currency rates it’s completely accurate. Another perk and ultimately it’s biggest draw is that it’s free!
- Packing for your vacation can be a daunting experience. Being a good packer is sometimes considered a gift but thankfully technology has finally caught up and made it easier for those who just can’t seem to get it right! The Packing Pro app will help solve all your packing woes. Enter your destination, length of trip and the number of people accompanying you and it’ll spit out a suggested list of what you might need.
*A fun (and practical) feature is that lists for additional family members can be created at your request.
- Enjoy the heat but don’t feel the burn! A sun drenched getaway has many upsides but one aspect that you need to stay on top of is sunscreen application. We highly recommend the Nevus app that will detect the UVI rating of your location and determine how much sunscreen you should apply throughout the day according to your skin type.
*A fun feature is that the app sets a countdown timer to alert you when you’re due your next slathering of sunblock so you can soak up some worry-free rays.
As you head off on your next luxury vacation we recommend that you download these apps that will make your travel experience infinitely better and more enjoyable. Did we miss out on an App that you use for your travels? Tell us which one and we’ll make sure to check it out!