It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, the annual vacation. We spend so much time planning and preparing for these trips, but we always seem to forget to pack something or nearly miss a flight along the way. Technology has changed the way we travel, now there are some incredibly useful travel apps that can take the stress out of traveling altogether.
We have come up with a list of the top travel apps that you shouldn’t leave home without. You might even start to wonder how you ever managed to survive without them.
Packing is a science that needs to be respected, it’s a combination of geometry, maths and…Add a family into the equation and you have a sure fire recipe for pre-vacation stress. Thank goodness for the creators of Packing Pro. Just let the app know where you are going, who is travelling, how long you are staying and it comes up with a suggested list of what you might need to pack. The list is divided into categories, such as essentials and medical, and it also separates lists for each family member. There’s no need to worry about forgetting your phone charger, Frisbee or toothbrush again.
Stay on top of departure and arrival times, avoid crowds, unexpected delays, and a whole lot more with this handy little flight tracking app. Gate Guru is a life saver for the disorganized, late and confused traveler, but it is also ideal for those who like to check in early and relax. Aside from steering you to your departure gate with a minimum of fuss, you can find the best places to eat and choose the best layover lounge thanks to reviews from travelers.
Available iOS and Android Free
Here is one for the busy corporate traveler. If you haven’t got a personal assistant to piece together the finer details of your trip, don’t worry, WorldMate can do it all for you. You simply email all of your confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and the app prepares an itinerary for your whole trip. Flights, hotels, hire cars, restaurants, entertainment it handles it all. This is a free app, but the premium version includes alerts to notify you of flight changes.It’s the nasty unavoidable part of travelling and you can never seem to pick when it will strike you the worst. Everyone you speak with has a different theory on how to deal with it, none of them are exactly based on science. One thing that we all know to be helpful is adjusting your sleeping patterns before the trip. Jetlag Genie helps you to do just that. You feed your travel information into the app including dates, destination and your current sleeping times and it gives you alarm clock settings that will help to lessen the blow on arrival.
Don’t let the name put you off, you won’t be forced to stay in a 10 person bunk room at a party hostel in downtown Oslo. The Hostelworld app pulls in available accommodation options from hostels, bed and breakfasts, motels and hotels. If you are arriving in a small Greek island, this is the perfect app to help find a lovely 3 star bed and breakfast with a view over the Mediterranean. With millions of user reviews to help you make a choice, you will seriously decrease your chances of checking into a hotel from hell.