Travel App Tips for Better Trips
The world has gotten smaller. The amount we travel and our mobile devices have shrunk it even more. The who, what and where of our lives is compressed into that convenient handheld wonder. Travel-related apps can pretty much tell you how to get there and do it cheaply, how to pack, where to sleep, where to eat, what to see, how to organize the trip and for that matter, even with whom to do it.
Here’s a list of must-haves:
Booking a flight can be daunting, especially when trying to choose the best phone travel app with which to do it. There are so many it made one’s head spin; here are the top three that consistently rated the highest.
Remember, best doesn’t always mean most popular or cheapest. The broadest comparisons we found suggest that momondo.com was the most frequent winner as far as lowest prices (though flights are painfully lengthy at times), followed by kayak.com and then skyscanner.net .
When we tested them multiple times, with multiple dates and locations, the recommen- dations were pretty spot-on.
You want to go to Paris, St. Petersburg or Poughkeepsie, but you aren’t sure what’s there? Well before you even get started, hook up with TripAdvisor, the app that helps plan what to do, where to go and what to see. With one of the largest repositories of hotel and destination reviews, ratings, photos and other information, we think you’ll manage to find what you need.
This app doesn’t just collect information from other data sources; it actually helps to plan your trip from beginning to end. So if you have a specific destination in mind, but don’t know anything about it, TripAdviser can walk you through the entire planning process and it will keep that information organized. Not only that, it will tell you what’s available when you arrive, nicely rated and reviewed by users, so you get a pretty good picture of what’s what.
So instead you’ve decided to play your own travel agent. You have your multi-destination vacation set, now how the heck do you keep track of all that singular plane, train and automobile information, hotel reservations and even those made for your chosen restaurants? Not possible you say? Well my friends take a look at TripIt, the little mobile app that could. This app searches your email accounts and compiles all of your travel information automatically. It hunts up confirmations for flights, hotels, rental car reservations and even restaurant bookings, listing them in one place
and in order.
JUST BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Packing 101: The smaller the suitcase, the easier it is to travel and not piss off everyone who is kept waiting as you try to shove that you-knew-it-was-too-large-in-the-first-place- case overhead. Not so good at "putting it together?" Then take a look at Packing Pro. Enter your trip destination, length of stay and how many travelers and it will compile an essential list of what you should need. It even categorizes them by must-haves (that pesky passport), clothes and gadgets and breaks them down for you - but you do still have to pack successfully, silly. iPhone only, for Android check out PackMeApp