Published on Travel and Leisure| 07/04/2020 I Direct link
Citymapper helps travelers find the speediest route to their destination, providing the fastest routes and step-by-step instructions on where to find the nearest bus and train stations. You’ll be able to see when the next arrivals will be at each of these locations, while real-time routing means you’ll get updates every minute. The app also has a chat feature that allows you to update friends and family on where you are in real time.
PackPoint takes the hassle out of packing by creating a customized list of what you’ll need for your getaway.
Enter your destination, travel dates, length of stay, and the activities you plan to do there (whether these include hiking, swimming, or exploring with family), and the app will create a custom packing list you can save for future use. Besides checking weather conditions for you, the app also allows users to share their lists with fellow travelers.
Launched by co-founder of Kayak, Paul English, Lola is like having a personal assistant in your hand. That’s because the app can help you plan every aspect of your business trip through its combination of AI and real (human) concierges and customer service experts. The concierges are available 24/7 to help you with everything from booking hotels and flights to finding local recommendations via text.
Not only does the app help relieve the stress of flying by providing real-time flight information and rebooking your flight for you if you miss a connection, but it also presents you with hotel and flight choices based specifically on your personal preferences.
The beauty of Rebtel is you don’t need an Internet connection in order to be able to call friends and family back home. The app connects to local phone lines to provide you with cheap calls in over 50 countries around the world without having to deal with getting a local SIM card or racking up your phone bill.
If you’re looking to get outdoors, this app will provide you with an array of trails for hiking, biking and running.
AllTrails includes more than 50,000 trail maps that are curated along with reviews and photos from a community of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. You'll find useful information like what to pack, obstacles you’ll find along the route, and the best scenic spots to check out. The app also allows you record yourself as you move across your trail, while detailed driving directions will help get you to your hike in no time.
Available on iOS and Android.
If you find yourself in the midst of a long layover, Dayuse can get you into a hotel room for a few hours at a discounted price of up to 75 percent less than what the typical overnight rate would be. The app boasts 5,000 hotels in 23 countries, and it allows you to make free cancellations up to the very last minute. Selections include everything from business hotels to well-being accommodations, with payments made directly when you arrive. You also get full use of the hotel's amenities for the duration of your stay.
Available on iOS and Android.
The prices of flights can fluctuate, making it tricky to figure out whether you should book right away or hold off. That’s where Hopper comes in, predicting the best times to find the cheapest fares to provide you up to 40 percent off of tickets. The app also has a price-monitoring feature, so that you can select a particular flight and receive alerts if its price drops. Through Hopper, users can also compare the prices and amenities they’ll get on more than 250 airlines, and get regular alerts about airfare flash sales.
RV Parks and campgrounds
This camping app helps you locate prime RV parks, campgrounds, and resting areas across North America. With more than 40,000 choices, the app sorts out locations based on ratings and includes a variety of both privately-owned RV parks and public parks to choose from.
Nike Training Club
Getting the chance to hit the gym can be tough while you're traveling, but with this app, you’ll feel like you have a personal trainer right in your pocket. That's because with Nike Training Club, you can access over 160 free workouts from Nike Master Trainers and celebrities like Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Audio and video clips help you make sure you're on top of your technique while personalized training plans will keep you on track, whether you miss a day of training or want to increase the challenge.
If you don’t have much time to spare at the airport, Grab can come to your rescue. The app allows you to check out what food selections you’ll find near your gate, in addition to allowing you to preorder and pick up your food on the way to the gate.
The app currently operates in over 150 eateries across airports in the U.S., giving you plenty of bites to choose from before your next trip.
Tipping customs vary in different countries, meaning you could be tipping when you don’t need to or not tipping in cases where you should without knowing it. To help you figure out when and how to tip, try Piper. The app, which can be used offline, has a database of 84 countries so you can find out whether you need to tip in common situations like while at restaurants or grabbing a cab.
Available on iOS only.