From booking hotels, to recording your daily adventures, to tracking flight statuses, there are a number of mobile apps available today that facilitate logistics for voyagers — whether they’re traveling across the world or just a few states over. Think about downloading one of these apps before you hit the road or board your flight; a good travelling companion makes all the difference.
Documenting Your Travels
Long gone are the outmoded days of keeping a journal or collecting Polaroids in a photobook to document your travel memories. Fabric, a new app developed by former Facebook engineers, gives travellers an easier, more digital way to reminisce on their adventures.
“When I leave this world, I want to leave with a story I can tell about myself — not for everyone, but the people who care about it,” one of the app’s co-founders, Arun Vijayvergiya, told TechCrunch. Vijayvergiya got the idea for the app after receiving a book written by his father and his friends about travels they’d taken as a group.
Fabric compiles photos from Facebook, Instagram, and your phone’s camera, then displays these images on a map alongside a timeline that shows when the photos were taken. The app, currently available for iOS, automatically organizes your photos based on the people you’ve seen, the places you’ve stopped at, and the date you visited them.
LiveTrekker similarly plots out your life experiences on a live map, using GPS to record the exact path you take, as well as changes in altitude and speed. Users can upload photos, videos, and audio and then seamlessly share with friends and family via Facebook, email, or Twitter.
Planning Your Trip
New mobile apps take the headache out of many aspects of orchestrating a trip. TripIt compiles all of your confirmation e-mails for flights, hotels, car rentals, and restaurant reservations into a single itinerary you can access from any device. TripCase provides a similar service; what’s more, you can share your itinerary with others simply by inputting their email addresses, and TripCase will automatically provide them with updates should your schedule change in any way.
App in the Air keeps you posted about airline and airport information and flight changes, breaking your flight down into four distinct phases: Check-in, Boarding, Takeoff, and Landing. The app provides info about weather and delays, as well as currency info for airports all around the globe. Jetsetters can also track stats like the number of airports and countries they’ve visited and types of aircraft they’ve flown in. The app can also be linked to your TripIt account, allowing you to easily upload all your flight information.
What to Do and Where to Stay
One of the challenges of being in an unfamiliar city is not knowing the local hotspots. The TimeOut app, available for Android and iOS, provides helpful tips about events, things to see, and places to go in cities all around the globe. It also allows you to make dinner reservations and purchase event tickets directly from the app. LonelyPlanet now also provides their popular city guides in app format.
If you make a spontaneous decision to stay an extra night or arrive in town without booking lodgings in advance, HotelTonight (also available on both Android and iOS) makes it easy to browse last-minute discounts on available hotel rooms and book a room easily from your phone.
Travel App Essentials
Today’s successful travel apps enable adventurers to make, monitor, and alter travel plans in real-time, while automatically updating friends and family about any itinerary changes. A digital travel journal is another winning innovation offered by apps like Fabric and LiveTrekker.
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