Travel Apps – Some of my Favourites
As they have in pretty well every other aspect of our lives, clever geeks have come up with smart-phone apps to smooth the path of our journeys when we travel. There are loads of travel apps out there, for both iPhones and androids and these are just a few that I, or those whose judgement I trust, have found useful.
The name of this little gem seemed somewhat obscure to me until I saw the logo, but it has been highly recommended for finding best price, best seat, train travel in the UK, anywhere and at any time. They’ve also partnered with various other suppliers and offer great deals on accommodation, car hire and theatre tickets, again in the UK. My dear friend Kathryn swears by it for best prices.
This little magic gem is ideal for the terminally disorganised or the terminally anal. You forward all of your hotel, flight, accommodation, car rental etc emails to them and it pulls them all together in a master itinerary which is viewable on any of your devices – even offline. If you opt to upgrade to the paid version you have access to flight status updates and text message alerts. Tripit also offers sightseeing suggestions based on your itinerary, as well as weather updates. Handy doesn’t even begin to describe this app for frequent travelers.
I don’t know about you, but I get just a little twitchy if I’m off the air for too long, so this app is imperative. Available for both android and iPhone just crank it up and when you find the location you want to use, you’ll be given a phone number and directions on how to get there. It works in over 100 countries and has an offline mode so you can download maps before you go, saving precious $$$.
Developed by the University of Michigan, Entrain promises to help you get over jet-lag more quickly by setting up a light input schedule based on your proposed travel. Light exposure is what drives our Circadian rhythms so the aim is to ready your body for a different time zone by gradually adjusting the light stimulus you get before you go, according to individual schedules put together by the app. I can’t argue with science!
Put your hands up if you’ve ever been stuck for hours in an unfamiliar airport. LoungeBuddy displays airport lounges in over 500 airports and, once you’ve created your trip, tells you about the lounges available, which ones are free or require an access fee and what amenities are available within. It also provides hours, locations, ratings and user reviews and images. Perfect for that long lay-over.