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.
5 Travel Apps to Get you Organized
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.
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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 email@example.com 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.
Available iOS and Android Free
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.
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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.
Available on iPhone and Android Free
5 Travel Apps to Help You on the Ground
How many times have you looked at a building and wanted to know more about it, so you try to eavesdrop on a tour group to get the explanation? No need to do that anymore, just point your phone’s camera at the landmark and you will get a Wikipedia explanation telling you everything you need to know. Google Goggles is an image recognition mobile app that can recognize most famous landmarks. Initially there was frustration with the limited amount of landmarks the app picked up, but the performance has been greatly improved.
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Point your camera at foreign text and get a translation. Simple and impressive technology that is sure to wow your friends. Just think, with Word Lens and Google Googles you can be your very own our guide in any foreign city. Be warned though, this futuristic technology doesn’t come cheaply. Google acquired the app in 2014 and for a while the language packs, such as Spanish to English, were free. You can expect to pay $10 for the technology these days, but when you compare that to the cost of a local phrase book it isn’t too bad.
Available on iOS and Android Free (premium upgrade $10 and £6.99)
Better Translator Pro
This app supports more than 50 languages in a text mode and 11 through voice recognition. It’s connected to Google and Bing translate, so you are guaranteed a reasonably accurate translation. This could be very helpful if you’re meeting your girlfriends Colombian parents for the first time or lost on your way to the hotel. Just don’t expect the app to understand your punch lines or to handle a heated bartering situation at the local market.
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Data roaming costs can give you a nasty post vacation shock, so it’s understandable that everyone is addicted to Wi-Fi on a vacation. When you are out of the hotel, knowing where to find a café or good Wi-Fi hotspot can be guesswork. Walking around checking for available Wi-Fi networks on your phone can be super frustrating too, but with Wi-Fi finder you will be given a map and directions to the nearest hot spot. The app services 100 countries and in a nice offline feature, they provide you with the option to download maps before you arrive at a location so you can avoid racking up unnecessary roaming costs.
Available iOS, Android and Windows Phone Free
10% is generous in one country, they’ll throw it in your face in others and in many countries tipping isn’t required at all. Figuring out how much to tip without offending the locals and looking stupid is a big part of every trip. With Tipulator you can avoid leaving the restaurant red faced by giving the exactly right amount every time. The App is a calculator that helps you to split the bill, include taxes and calculate tips without breaking a sweat. It’s not going to help you with a country tipping rate, but your hotel staff can advise you on local practices when you arrive.
Available on iOS with a different Android Version Free