I have lots of apps on my phone, but a quick scan reveals very few are practical, unless you consider Minecraft and Subway Surf necessities, which, of course, my eight-year-old does. Since I travel a lot and want each trip to be as seamless as possible, it was high time I found the best travel apps. From tracking your flights to airport weather conditions to finding a spot to decamp with kids, these easy travel apps take some of the stress out of your next journey.
No need to wait around the airport, FlightStats is a free app that lets you track the status of any flight or airport condition. If you have a quick connection, look to FlightBoard. It turns your device into an arrivals and departures flight board in real time, so you don’t waste precious minutes looking for the status board or jostling for prime viewing area.
GateGuru is one travel companion you don’t want to be without – unless you actually enjoy wandering aimlessly around airport terminals. It has lots of nifty features, but the very best is its Amenities List that shows your options based on your departure or arrival terminal. Craving a shower, a solid WiFi connection or a celebrity chef feast? This app’s got you covered.
Mom Maps helps you find kid-friendly places like museums and playgrounds when you’re on the go. On that same vein is AroundMe, an app that’s a bit more robust and not specific to families. Type in what you’re looking for from gas stations to hospitals to toy stores, and it’ll show you what’s nearby.
For food, Urban Spoon is like a restaurant slot machine. Simply shake your phone and several options pop up. You also can specify a cuisine, price range or neighbourhood for food on the fly.
For travel plans, CheapOAir is your one stop shop to search, save and book flights, hotels, cars and vacation packages. Their 24/7 live chat function is pretty sweet, especially when you’re you need some hand holding.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your favourite apps to make travel smoother?