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Five Apps for Hassle-Free Travel
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Posted On September 2, 2014


Preparing for the fall conference season can be a daunting task—there are hotel rooms to book, flights to schedule, and meetings to arrange. Here are a few services that will provide some relief from the stresses of traveling. 

Along the Way

Available from: Apple App Store

Price: $2.99

Along the Way is an app for iOS devices that helps travelers discover stops on the way to their destination. It’s ideal for road trips because it allows users to search the route ahead instead of the immediate area, and it works anywhere in the world. Its categories include Nightlife, Food, Coffee, Recreation, Sights, Shopping, and Gas. Users can also type in any destination they have in mind. The app’s entries for the stopping points show ratings and tips from Foursquare, as well as photos, coupons, driving directions, and other details.

Along the Way 1 Along the Way 2

FlightAware

Available from: Apple App StoreGoogle Play StoreWindows Phone StoreWindows Store

Price: Free

FlightAware is a flight-tracking service for private and commercial air traffic in 45-plus countries in North America, Europe, and Oceania. The mobile app, available for iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Android, and Windows 8 devices, allows users to see live flight data such as flight statuses, gate and terminal changes, delays, cancellations, and flight connection statuses. They can also get cancellation, delay, and other alerts on their mobile devices and search by airline, flight number, route, or aircraft registration to track flights.

FlightAware 1 FlightAware 2

PackPoint

Available from: Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store

Price: Free

With the PackPoint packing app, users can list the items they need to remember for their trip based on the length of their stay, the predicted weather at their destination, and the activities they plan to do. PackPoint builds a custom packing list based on this data, which asks whether users will be hiking, traveling internationally, swimming, traveling with a baby, and other specifications. Users can add their own additional items and then share their list via an individual website link (e.g., this list for a trip to Katmandu, Nepal).

PackPoint 1 PackPoint 2

TripCase

Available from: Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store, TripCase (non-iOS and non-Android device users can click here for the app)

Price: Free

Users of TripCase can manage their trips by accessing information from about 45,000 technology and travel companies that partner with the service to guide them through every stage of travel. Users email their flight details, dinner reservations, hotel confirmations, meetings, and other information to TripCase, and the items will be added to their TripCase itinerary. This allows for combined bookings (from travel agents, hotels, etc.) in a single itinerary. Users can then edit their itinerary, access messages and flight alerts, add notes and reminders, and share their travel plans. The app also displays destination details such as weather reports, driving directions, and phone numbers.

TripCase 1 TripCase 2

Stay

Available from: Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store

Price: Free

Stay offers 1,000 curated travel guides for 150 national and international destinations, including Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Brussels; Mexico City; New Orleans; St. Louis; and Zagreb, Croatia. The guides are created by local experts who weigh in on where to find the best restaurants, free Wi-Fi hotspots, nightlife, famous attractions, and more. With the mobile app, users can build their own travel guides, collaborate with family and friends, add places as they travel, as well as access the curated guides. Maps and personalized guides can be downloaded for use offline so users won’t incur mobile charges.

Stay 1 Stay 2


Brandi Scardilli is the editor of NewsBreaks and managing editor of Information Today.

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Comments Add A Comment
Posted By jindra cekan9/9/2014 3:11:20 PM

This is a great list, many thanks...
In the US I also have happily used hotels.com to find last minute deals on great hotels and tripadvisor.com on advice re: hotels etc... Be well.
Posted By Rae Mapey9/2/2014 12:17:47 PM

Simply Declare Travel App http://bit.ly/U55xiP was created to help the international travel deal with managing their travel purchases which need to be declared upon returning home, in an easy manner. Simply Declare Travel App has real time currency exchange always keeping the traveler in the know about what they have spent before going over their duty free allowance. The app snaps a picture for record keeping. Please check out this travel app helping to eliminate one stress of international travel.

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