In the digital age, it’s not surprising that technology impacts the way we travel. In fact, 23% of millennials cite social media as a major influence on their choice of travel destination. Our gadgets can also be total lifesavers when we’re trying to get to (or find our way around) a new place. Your phone or tablet can help you to discover hidden gems — and get there on time! — all with a few taps on a screen. If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll definitely want to consider downloading at least some of these travel apps before your next flight takes off.
Even when you manage to snag some great airline deals, flying can be stressful. GateGuru aims to arm travelers with the knowledge they need to alleviate airport anxiety. With this app, you can track the departure and arrival times of airline flights, access terminal maps, quickly locate key areas of interest (like lounges, bathrooms, coffee shops, and ATMs), estimate security line wait times, and receive notifications pertaining to weather delays and gate changes. You can even reserve a rental car right from the app. If you tend to get nervous when flying or are traveling through a large and unfamiliar hub, this free download might be well worth it.
TripIt Pro is a paid app, but many travelers won’t leave home without it. You can upload your itinerary through confirmation emails and even view it when you don’t have internet access. The app will also notify you if your flights change in any way (and it’ll even tell you if the airline owes you money for a cancelled flight!) and provides security line wait times, interactive maps, and the ability to track frequent flyer points. It’s a more personalized, in-depth version of GateGuru that can sync with your phone’s calendar, find better seats or flights, and even share your plans with people you select. If you don’t feel like paying $49 a year, there’s a free version with more limited features you can try.
This free app, run by the Transportation Security Administration, provides instant access to information frequently requested by travelers. You can see which items are allowed on the plane, find out how busy your airports normally are when you’ll be traveling, obtain wait times at airport security points, request live TSA assistance, check flight delay information and weather conditions, sign up for TSA PreCheck, and even add your first-hand knowledge of security checkpoint wait times to help other passengers. While this app is a bit more limited in scope than some others, it’s a great resource for those who haven’t flown in a while or who might be traveling during a holiday rush.
Whether you’re flying internationally or traveling to a big city across the country, airport apps will only get you so far. Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll need to figure out how to get around. When navigating around major cities, Citymapper can provide you with maps and routes, public transport information and hubs, estimated travel times, and more. It connects easily with subway systems, buses, railways, Citi Bike, Uber, Lyft, taxi services, ferries, and more, making it a lot easier to get around without losing your way. You’ll be able to easily get from point A to point B without looking like a tourist — a top priority for many frequent travelers.
Time Out is a useful directory offering ideas of things to do in cities all over the world. The app can help you find bars, restaurants, attractions, and events while you are on the go in the city or in advance of your trip. The event finder tool is an easy way to help find concerts, festivals and other events going on around the city as well as helping you book restaurants and concert tickets. This app is ready to guide you as you plan and enjoy your next vacation.
With these travel apps, you’ll be able to book your next trip like a pro. And of course, we’re here to help with our own CheapOair app, where you can book cheap flights, make hotel and car reservations, and more.