Travel made simple. It sounds almost too good to be true, right? These mobile travel apps are specifically designed to eliminate the hassle of traveling, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view anywhere around the world.
Redefining the travel experience, Airbnb is one of the most downloaded apps today. The 10-year-old company is no longer just a place to find unique accommodations in more than 191 countries. Its platform now enables users to discover memorable opportunities in their surrounding areas such as cooking classes in the romantic city of Paris or surfing lessons off the mystical island of Oahu. Recently partnering with Resy, a restaurant reservation and waitlist system, Airbnb also features a guide to the hottest restaurants in your neighborhood.
Amidst the excitement of traveling, there’s always something left behind. Whether it’s an emergency phone charger, universal adapter or that pair of new sandals, PackPoint helps you avoid forgetting travel essentials with its tailored packing guide. Simply type in your destination, select your planned activities and let the smartphone app do the rest. Factoring in weather conditions and length of stay, PackPoint creates a personalized link to your guide that can be shared with travel buddies with a click of a button.
While you arrive at the airport three hours ahead of your scheduled flight, there could be last-minute changes – including those dreaded delays – that are made once you’ve checked in. Rather than scour the airport and make multiple trips to the arrival and departure boards, view the latest updates on your flight with GateGuru. The smartphone app, available on iOS and Android, tracks incoming and outbound flights, updates boarding time and alerts passengers of gate changes. It also gives users a visual representation of select airports around the world and previews available amenities including restaurant and shops, allowing travelers to make the most of their layovers.
4. Sygic Travel
Everything related to travel is conveniently at your fingertips with this mobile app. Simplifying the planning process, Sygic Travel breaks it down on a day-to-day basis. Opt to follow one of the premade itineraries, or create your own and browse through a list of nearby attractions, guided tours and authentic restaurants. Satisfy your wanderlust at home with hundreds of 360-degree videos and photos created by travel enthusiasts themselves.
5. Traveler’s Health Mobile Apps
There are a handful of things that could put a damper on your vacation but being sick shouldn’t be one of them. Finding yourself feeling queasy in an unfamiliar setting can be stressful but that’s where the Center for Disease Control’s traveler’s health apps comes into play. Download the TravWell prior to your departure to view a list of destination-specific vaccines and access emergency service information offline anywhere, anytime. Tasting exotic flavors and mouthwatering dishes is part of the adventure, but if you find yourself with an unsettling stomach, the “Can I Eat This?” app outlines what food and drinks to avoid.