With summer just a stone’s throw away, it’s the perfect time to start planning your getaway, whether it be a fantasy vacation to the tropics, a weekend jaunt to the big city, or a cross-country road trip with the fam. The iPhone and iPad have eased much of the pain associated with planning vacations, such a flights and hotels bookings, scheduling tours, and keeping track of all your many programs. Your trusty iDevices even help you keep friends and family in the loop while you’re away, thanks to photography apps, social media, and more. Below are three must have apps for exploring some of the world’s most famous cities; useful apps for every aspect for traveling.
The Trip Advisor app is the best place to start your vacation research. Browse Trip Advisor’s database of over 100 million customer reviews to find the best restaurants, hotels, activities and attractions at your dream destination. You can search for interesting things to do with the Near Me feature, which looks for restaurants and activities based on your current location. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can visit the forums and get feedback from fellow travelers. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can contribute to the community with your own reviews and photos!
When you’re ready to book a trip, use Kayak Pro. This robust app searches through hundreds of travel sites for the best deals. In addition to finding flights, Kayak can also help you score great deals on hotels and car rentals. One of my favorite features is the app’s handy search function that helps you see each airline’s baggage fees. Once you find a good deal, you can purchase your tickets right through the app, then take advantage of the flight tracker and itinerary management features. To top it all off, the app even includes terminal maps for over 100 airports around the world.
If you’re not using Google Maps, you’re really missing out. This is probably Google’s most popular app, next to Gmail. Google Maps is reliable and precise, and features everything you need to get from point A to point B safely and efficiently. The app’s turn-by-turn navigation is detailed and accurate-it’s hard to believe we ever lived without such a luxury. The map compass feature shows you which way you’re pointing your device, which is useful when you’re walking around unfamiliar cities. Lastly, the public transportation instructions are a godsend for navigating big cities like New York or San Francisco.