By: Vince Kattoula
We have said before that people bring their phones with them everywhere they go. As summer quickly approaches, don’t forget to make the most out of mobile when making your vacation plans. There are many apps you can take with you which can save you much headache as you plan your trip, prepare for takeoff, and travel to new places.
Whether you’re a beach bum looking to relax on the shoreline or a tourist looking to explore the artsy parts of Europe, check out this list of apps, recommended by InformationWeek, to help make your summer travels more enjoyable:
- Google Translate
Google Translate is great for travelers who don’t know the language of the country they’re visiting. The app can translate between 103 different languages, 52 of which can be accessed offline. The camera mode lets travelers take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages, and the conversation mode allows for two-way instant speech translation in 32 languages.
- Pro HDR X
Pro HDR X allows users to capture true HDR images automatically and instantly. With rear and front camera support, self-timer, flash options, digital zoom, cropping, and grid overlay, the app makes it easy for pretty much anyone to capture the sharpest image possible.
Pro HDR X is available for purchase on iOS.
GateGuru provides travelers with real-time flight statuses, along with push notifications. In addition, the app offers a variety of airport content specifically customized to the person’s itinerary like airport weather, estimated TSA security wait times, and airport maps and tips.
- Food Tripping
Food Tripping was built by us in collaboration with SHFT.com and Ford Motor Company. This app is designed to help people in search of healthy eating options find the best places near them. Combining databases for farmer’s markets, vegetarian restaurants, markets and other establishments, this app makes it easy for the user to find healthy food options nearby wherever they may find themselves.
LiveTrekker provides users with the ability to keep a journal of their travels with outrageously detailed maps. The live sharing option allows people to view each other’s journeys, making it even easier to discover new places throughout the world. New trips are submitted every day so there is always a different location for people to check out.
KAYAK searches hundreds of travel sites to locate the cheapest flights, hotels, and rental cars. Users of this app can save money with mobile only rates and private deals. The “Trips” feature allows vacationers to organize travel plans and stay informed with free real-time flight status alerts.
Vurb helps people find things to do and save them for later. As users search, it brings together information from apps like ratings, reviews, and recommendations from other people into one app. Vurb is great for finding places, food, or movies to make plans right now or save the ideas for later.
- Converter Plus
Converter Plus is a unit converter with the most extensive list of currencies and units in hundreds of categories. It also comes with many calculators like mortgage, loan, tip, fuel consumption, and many others for everyday problems. Exchange rates for all 167 of the world's currencies are refreshed automatically every 6 hours or on request.
Converter Plus is available for free on iOS.
TripSee allows users to select a destination that they would like to visit and the app will present a list of popular destinations and points of interest. In addition to location reviews, descriptions, and pictures, the app provides users with multi-trip cloud storage to create and maintain hundreds of trips. TripSee also lets vacationers create customized itineraries based off their interests which include times, dates, cost, and user notes.
- Hotel Tonight
Hotel Tonight provides last-minute deals on great hotels. Users can book a hotel room in just 10 seconds after reading through the hundreds of hotel reviews provided by the app. It also provides 24/7 customer support with real humans, making this app a great tool for your summer vacation travels.
If there are any apps that you use while traveling that didn’t make this list, let us know! We would love to continue adding to our collection. If you’d like to talk about your mobile strategy, give us a call at 248-353-9030 or email email@example.com.
P.S. don’t forget to pack your charger!