Holiday travel can be stressful. While this season is meant to be shared with family and loved ones, getting there can prove to be a hassle for even the best travel planners. To help make the holidays more merry and travel less scary, we have a list of the 8 best apps for holiday travel! From packing to flight delays to saving money on travel, these apps will help you stay on schedule and arrive at your destination stress free to enjoy all the fun the season has to offer.
8 Best Apps for Holiday Travel
PackPoint: For Packing
PackPoint is a travel packing wizard that helps users by providing a checklist of travel essentials that they need to pack, depending on the nature of their trip. Simply enter the destination, date of travel and length of stay along with some details about the activities you are planning. PackPoint then creates a customized packing and luggage checklist that takes into account whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the type and amount of clothing to pack based on the weather forecast and other factors. The app also comes with a variety of premium features, such as TripIt integration for automatic packing list creation.
TripIt helps you keep all your reservations in one convenient place, while also offering real-time updates and alternatives if any delays or cancelations happen.
Viewable online and synced to your cell phone, you can also share itineraries with your contacts. Just link your email account to TripIt, and the service will automatically dig through your inbox for reservation confirmations and other forms. Using that data, TripIt builds an organized itinerary of your flight boarding times, hotel check-ins and more.
Just because you aren’t flying first class, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of all the amenities airports have to offer. LoungeBuddy helps you find lounges in more than 500 airports around the globe and what prices they have (if any), in case you have some time to kill at the airport. Users can also filter or search by amenities, as well as view and post reviews and photos to share their experience with other travelers.
If you haven’t already booked your flights for the holidays, Hopper uses a massive database of airline prices and historical trends to predict when prices to a destination are likely to be lowest, when they’re likely to change, and the best time to buy a ticket for a particular date and destination. Users can watch flights on specific dates or destinations, and the app will advise you whether it’s worth it to buy now or to wait, tell you the dates when it’s likely cheapest to fly, estimate changes in price, and notify you of price drops or rises. Users can save their payment details within the app for quick booking.
Get detailed weather forecasts before you leave home with Wunderground so you know what to pack, and so you can anticipate potential airport or highway delays.
Nothing ruins holiday travel like being stuck in traffic. But Waze can help you avoid the headache. The navigation app offers real-time traffic information, based on reports from other Waze users. That data includes accidents, speed traps and other hazards that might keep you from getting to your destination on time. The app also offers automatic rerouting, cheap gas alerts and the ability to send your ETA to anyone waiting at your final stop.
If flying isn’t your style, consider GasBuddy to help you save on the road. GasBuddy is a mobile app that helps users locate the cheapest gas in their region. Users can use their GPS location, or search by address or zip code. Since many of the prices are based on user reports, GasBuddy rewards users with “points” for reporting and updating a station’s prices, with points making you eligible for regular raffles of prizes, including free gas.
If there is any type of entertainment you need to find in a town, you can find it on Yelp. The peer review service covers all manner of businesses, from retail to restaurants. Most locations are also reviewed by people that have been there before, so if you’re wondering whether that tourist spot is worth the trip, find out from people that have visited it before. You can even find CSC on Yelp or leave us a review here!
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