The smartphone world has seen an explosion of applications. You name the category and there is probably an app out there for it. For us travelers, how do we maximize the functionality of our smartphone and make life easier when we travel? By finding apps that fit our needs.
Let’s cut through the tens of thousands shall we and take a look at some recommendations:
Google Maps: FREE – a must have for travelers. Simply put, your personal navigation tool that tells you where you are and how to get where you are going.
Kayak: FREE – everything travel rolled into one. Flight, hotel and car rental search capability .The app includes My Trips so you can easily manage your itinerary. (FlyME is another cool all-in-one travel app)
Expensify: FREE – Import expenses and receipts straight from your credit card, submitting PDF expense reports by email and reimbursing up to $10k online. Great way to track and stay organized while on the go.
Fast Food: FREE - Location app shows you restaurant deals, menu, reviews, ratings, maps and info all on one page. This app will save you money, let you find all kinds of restaurants, give you nutritional info, restaurant menu’s, reviews. Available on iPhone and Android smartphones. For Blackberry users, try Poynt. It’s FREE and provides a good experience.The Weather Channel: FREE – Enough said. Plan your wardrobe accordingly.
JiWire: FREE – helps you locate WiFi hotspots. Great for travelers looking to keep roaming costs down. Only available for iPhones
TripIt: FREE – allows you to put everything travel into one place. All you have to do is email your travel conformations to TripIt and the app will take care of the rest
FlightTarck: $4.99 – get up to the minute flight status updates, gates, cancellations. Can also sync with your calendar. Great for the frequent business traveler
MyLists: $1.99 – for the planning type who needs a list of what they need to pack. Great for the person who always arrives at their destination without key items such as smartphone or laptop charger
Juice Defender: FREE – Keep your all of your apps on hold until you access them. This prevents your battery from draining quicker. Important for the business traveler. Only available on Android devices.
There we have it. If you have any app recommendations, use our comments section!