With everyone doing some traveling this summer, I thought I would share some of my favorite travel apps. I’m excited to have some exciting U.S and international trips ahead, and these apps are always a big help. Please leave me a comment of some of your favorites as well. I would love to hear about them. Happy Traveling!
1. TripIt— TripIt links to your e-mail account and picks up every confirmation number that comes into your inbox. Any flight, hotel, or even dinner reservation that contains a confirmation number will be put into an organized itinerary, all in one place. Flight delays and last-minute changes sent to your e-mail will be updated automatically.
2. Kayak–The easiest place to search for flight, rental cars and hotels in one place. Known to be Apple’s most popular travel app, Kayak even features a function for a packing list.
3. OpenTable—OpenTable lets you make reservations at more than 13,000 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, and shows you what reservation times are available before you put in your request. You can also read diner reviews and view menus, both especially valuable when traveling.
4. Postagram-This is the coolest app ever. For only 99 cents, you can send anyone a postcard from one of your pictures on your phone library to anyone in the world. You provide the address, and Postagram will send a personalized postcard with your travel photography through the mail. This is a lot cheaper and easier than taking time to buy stamps and post cards in a foreign country.
5. Packing Pro-If you stress about packing, this app is for you. You can create packing lists for yourself and the entire family and email them easily. If you tend to forget things on a trip or are running around at the last minute, give this one a try.
6. Flightaware-This is an easy app to track your flight. Provide your airline and flight number and let FlightAware do the rest. If you accept the push notification feature, you will receive updates on flight delays, gate changes or cancellations.
7. HotelTonight— This app could save you from spending the night on the airport floor should a summer storm ground your flight. It works equally as well for those on a road trip or travelers inclined to book getaways at the (very) last minute. One important note about HotelTonight is that it’s good for same-day hotel bookings only.
8. Google Translate– If you’re headed anywhere outside the English-speaking world, chances are this app will come in handy on your trip. Even if many of the people in your intended destination speak English, they really prefer if you give their language a try.
9. XE Currency– XE Currency is a super useful tool for converting money from all over the world, helping users to better understand just how much cash they should expect to receive in the event of an exchange.
Photo above from last years trip to the Le Marche region of Italy.