Ain’t technology grand? Let these four travel apps help you enjoy your next trip a little more fully.
Flight Aware – The folks at flight aware have done a great job at making it easy to stalk a loved one as they fly through the skies. You simply need to go the website and put in the airline and flight number to get a peek at where they are in their travels. I find this is especially handy for figuring out when to leave for the airport for pickup duties. I also know we use it a lot in the news business to get a handle on how many flights are delayed and canceled (yeah, I’m looking at you, Boston Logan). You can download the app on your smart device or go to the Flight Aware website.
JetLag Genie– I think this app could only have been invented by a business traveler. The app lets you program your destination and then your normal sleeping habits, and it comes up with a series of alarms to change your routine to make it a little easier to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when you get to your destination. The app is available in the iTunes store for $2.99.
FourSquare– I know this one has been around a long time but Amanda still uses it when she’s somewhere new. She finds it the easiest way to find a place to eat, get coffee, or shop. I think one of the best features of this app is being able to look at the comments about the places you’re about to visit. The ratings are helpful, but the tips are the best, like try the café mocha, it tastes like real coffee and not hot chocolate.
Wifi Finder– I think this app is genius, especially for those of us who need our smart phones when we travel internationally, but who don’t travel abroad often enough to warrant an international plan. I think this is the best way to help feed your addiction to Instagram posting, or just telling your folks that you’re okay. The app will lead you to paid or free wifi like a divining rod to water. The best thing is you can download the maps before you leave so you have access to them offline (’cause if you had to go online to get them it’d kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it?).
I hope this quick list helps make your travels a little bit easier.
I would also add a decent navigational app Spyglass into this list. It works great when offline, assuming that you pre-download the maps that you need in advance. It shows your accurate coordinates and your current position on a map, allows to mark locations and waypoints, share your locations with friends and much more.