As we enter the heat of the holiday season, stress picks up as the deadline for Christmas gifts and holiday party dishes approach. And THEN you have to get where you’re going when the day finally comes. To make your life a little easier this holiday season while travelling, here are a few of the best iPhone and Android travel apps for Flight, Road Travel, and Travelling with Kids.
Best Flight Apps
Kayak should be nothing new to the avid traveler, but I can’t chance someone not knowing about this app. Kayak too has a flight tracker, but also converts currencies and ensures you remember everything with a built-in packing list. Oh, and it compares the top four travel websites for hotels, airlines, and car rentals so you find the best deal, like a downtown Chicago hostel for thirty bucks a night.
Flight TrackPro checks your flight status with live updates with real-time itinerary updates and also includes gate & baggage claim info. Unsure about the weather’s plans for your flight? The weather radar forecasts will easy your mind and the delay forecasts should help you decide whether you’ll need a hotel or not.
Okay, so your flight gets delayed. Now what? This searchable airport directory app shows you all the restaurants and retail shops so you know all your options before squandering around the airport for that next book to read.
Best Road Apps
GasBook – iPhone – (FREE)
Especially when visiting big, expensive cities after exhausting a tank of gas touring all weekend, GasBook is a free travel app to help you fill up for the cheapest price in town. Reward yourself for your brilliance with that extra money and buy a candy bar and a Coke or one of those goofy gas station souvenirs.
Roadside America - iPhone – ($2.99)
Ever see the quirky antique mall or intriguing winery as you drive along the highway but never have time to stop? This nifty road guru recommends thousands of top spots on the way to your destination. All you have to do is build a little extra time into your trip and you’re guaranteed to return home with a good story or two.
Urbanspoon - iPhone – (FREE)
Stopping into town for a little rest before another long day of driving and want to experience the local’s best vittles around? UrbanSpoon sorts nearby restaurants by location, cuisine, price, and even reviews.
Best Travel Apps for Kids
Family Matters – iPhone – ($1.99)
Family Matters is the perfect app for a family looking to bond closer together and learn a little more about one another. It can even center questions based on your location, so perhaps you and your child will find you have the same movie star aspirations in Hollywood!
Route 66: Road Trip Fun - iPhone – ($0.99)
If you remember playing road trip games as a kid and somehow forget them all, the Route 66 app will show you the way back to all your favorites. This app offers tons of games with instructions guaranteed to make your family closer and your car ride feel much shorter.
iGot Shotgun - iPhone – ($0.99)
Stop the arguing over who gets the front seat with this problem-solving travel app. Just enter your passengers names and iGot Shotgun will deem one the winner of the front seat. Unless you like to play the “Shotgun” game, of course…
Author Bio: When he’s not writing about how to use an electric converter for the confused traveler, Nate Schrader of TravelProducts.com is off exploring the world as much as he can while diving into art museums, outdoor trails, and the local craft beer scene.