If you’re planning to travel this spring, whatever adventure lies ahead, there is a wealth of information at your fingertips. Even the most seasoned traveler relies on some element of planning and preparation. Whether you’ve taken the time to create an itinerary or you’re just planning as you go, these 6 apps will enhance your travel experience.
Road Trippers – Trip Planner
Planning a road trip with your friends has never been easier and more efficient. The Road Trippers app and the website roadtrippers.com allow you to plan trips and share the plans with friends. Your friends can then add trip suggestions to the itinerary. Within the app, users have access to information specific to your location. Local attractions, food establishments, national parks, hotels and more enable road tripping adventurers to plan or choose while on the go. The premium version with additional features is available for $29.99/year.
Expedia: Hotels, Flights & Car
In 1996, Expedia.com debuted on the web as “Microsoft Expedia Travel Services.” Now, their app is one of the highest rated and their enterprise includes over 16 major brands including Travelocity, Hotwire, CheapTickets, and Hotels.com. These guys know travel. This app gives users a mobile-only feature with double Expedia Rewards Points on every booking. Users can book all their travel reservations in one place and set-up alerts for flight delays, gate changes, etc.
Need to learn a foreign language before heading out on your trip? Try the Duolingo app which feels more like a game to help users stay motivated. The lessons are “fun” and “bite-size” so information can be more easily retained. They offer over 30 languages and features like Chatbots, progress tracking, earning rewards, practice reading/writing/speaking/listening/conversation, and more. Duolingo Plus is available, with additional features, starting at $9.99/mo.
Waze Navigation & Live Traffic
If you’re traveling by car, Waze can tell you what’s happening on the road ahead. Waze tells users instantly about traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more. Then, the app calibrates your route accordingly. The app finds the cheapest gas along the way and lets you know your arrival time based on live traffic data. Best part? It’s free!
GlobeConvert Currency & Units
A great feature within this app is that users can create lists of favorite conversion types and use it on the go. If you’re headed abroad on your next trip, it’s helpful that currency rates are updated in real-time. GlobeConvert conveniently converts over 160 currencies and over 350 physical units.
No matter where you’re going in the world, Airbnb has a place for you to call home, even if just for one night. There are over 4 million listings on Airbnb including vacation home rentals, apartments, condos, tree houses, mushroom domes and more. Is the family dog coming along? No problem, you can narrow down searches by various criteria. Within the app, users can book accommodations and travel experiences.
Whether your spring travel plans will be taking you overseas for weeks or on a weekend road trip with your family and friends, planning the trip doesn’t have to be stressful. These great apps will make planning a breeze. If you’re having trouble with installing the apps because your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet is acting up, don’t waste time, stop by your local Experimac store. You don’t need an appointment – our knowledgeable techs are ready to help with repairs anytime!
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