In our digital world, our smartphones are a near-constant companion – finding the fastest route through traffic, recommending your next favourite coffee shop, and of course, allowing us to communicate. However, now smartphones are proving themselves ever more useful for travel, with a range of applications that can make our lives even easier on the road.
Here we're looking at some of the top apps for travellers, and what they can bring to your journey.
While your FBI Travel Advisor can arrange everything from flights and transfers to exclusive accommodation packages, the one thing we can't do for you is pack your bags. Fortunately, if you're short of time, or just aren't gifted with a military-type organisation for packing, there's an app that can help.
Packpoint will create a packing list for your upcoming trip, taking into account the destination, weather and duration of your trip. You can also customise your list with other must-bring items, sync it with Evernote, or share your list with your travel partner or group via email.
App in the Air
This simple app provides a multitude of excellent features for first-time and veteran travellers alike. With a slick, simple user interface, App the Air allows you to load your flight details, and then provides updates and alerts when needed. The timeline function lets you know how long you have for check-in and boarding, while notifying you of delays in a number of major airports. You can also keep your family or work colleagues updated with SMS notifications when you depart and arrive.
There's little introduction needed for this particular company. Founded back in 2000, TripAdvisor has grown to be a true heavyweight in the travel and hospitality world, providing reviews of over 6.8 million businesses around the world. The TripAdvisor app allows users to search for the top attractions in the area and read reviews left by fellow travellers.
Travelling is all the better when you can minimise the time you spend sitting in traffic. Marketing itself as "the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app", Waze compiles data from other users on the road to supply you with up-to-date traffic information. A much needed tool for making that early flight!
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