There is no such thing as a perfect vacation, and with the holiday travel season just around the bend, there is no better time to arm yourself with an arsenal of great travel apps. Not only will an effective travel app keep you organized, they’re a great way to enhance your vacation, and ensure you get the most out your precious time away. But with hundreds of thousands of travel apps floating about the marketplace, how do you know which ones to choose? Whether it’s an itinerary generator, an expense tracker, or a brilliant language app, these 7 must have travel apps will whip you into shape for your holiday travels!
SkyScanner (iOs, Android) is great flight-hunting tool. This travel app works by comparing hundreds of airlines and millions of flights all at once to find you the lowest priced or most convenient flight itineraries. With one touch, travelers can book a flight on most airlines, in any class.
TripIt (iOs, Android) consolidates your various travel plans into a simplified itinerary. Using data linked and synced from your email account, TripIt sorts out your reservations, confirmations and flight itineraries in order and makes it available in an easy, readable format. You can even share your travel plans with friends and loved ones.
Some people call it a language barrier, we like to call it a language difference, because learning another language enriches the travel experience! Vidalingua (iOs, Android) offers the “most comprehensive language dictionaries “in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian. This must have travel app includes phrasebooks, a verb conjugator and actually allows the user to add their own words along the way!
Expensify (iOs, Android) has a great feature called SmartScan where users can photograph receipts which are then automatically generated into a trackable expense. How easy is that? Users can track their mileage, any rate based expenses and includes must-have features like currency conversion.
Ever booked a hotel on a website in a foreign language? Did your AirBnB host respond to you, but no falo Portuguese? Google Translate (iOs, Android) is the fastest and most effective language translation app on the web. You can translate entire websites by simply selecting the input and output language. Copy or type the text in question, and voila, translated! This genius travel app also allows visual translation – Snap a photo of a foreign sign, and in moments, you’re back in Kansas Dorothy!
Got yourself a 12 hour layover in Houston and don’t feel like schlepping into town? Airport lounges are the perfect place to rest those travel worries away. The LoungeBuddy (iOs, Android) travel app provides information on more than 500 airports across the globe. Simply input details of your trip, any airline memberships you may have and what service level you’re travelling in, and LoungeBuddy creates a convenient list of lounge locations, amenities, entrance costs, as well as photos and reviews from other users.
In the sea of travel apps, booking apps are one of the fastest growing niches. There are plenty of places to book your travel these days, and other than a travel agent, Hipmunk ((iOs, Android) is one of the most comprehensive flight and hotel aggregation tools. Travelers not only have access to great flight and hotel options, but the app uses Airbnb and HomeAway, so users can book less traditional accommodations.