Traveling can be rewarding and exciting, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming at times. Fortunately, with the help of technology, there are many apps available that were designed solely to make your vacation easier, better and more fluent between bon voyage and home sweet home. From booking flights and accommodations to finding the best local restaurants, here are a few of the best apps for travel.
Have the latest updates at your fingertips with your airline’s app. More than just your general flight information, airline apps are always refreshing to detect any deviations on your journey, including gate changes and delays. Make sure to also sign up for alerts so you never miss a thing.
Need to find a bathroom on the go? The Flush app makes finding public restrooms easy with over 200,000 locations in its database worldwide and even has step-by-step directions on how to locate them quickly. It’ll even tell you which restrooms are accessible, need a code to enter or require payment.
XE Currency is a helpful app for converting currency when traveling internationally. It provides real-time exchange rates for over 180 currencies and allows you to set up rate alerts to notify you when the exchange rate reaches a certain level. Don’t forget to exchange currency before you go at your nearest AAA branch.
Google Translate is a language translation app that can help you communicate with locals in foreign countries. It allows you to translate text, voice and even images in over 100 languages.
PackPoint is a packing list app that helps you pack for your trip based on the length of your stay, the weather at your destination and the activities you have planned. It can save you time and ensure that you don’t forget any essentials.
LoungeBuddy is an app that helps you find and book airport lounges around the world. It allows you to access amenities such as free Wi-Fi, food and beverages, and comfortable seating while waiting for your flight.
Uber is a ride-sharing app that allows you to quickly and easily get around in cities all over the world. It provides a reliable and safe transportation option, especially in areas where public transportation is limited.
If you’re planning to rent a car during your trip, the Hertz car rental app helps you book and keep track of your reservation so pick up and drop off are a breeze. Plus, your AAA membership gets you discounts up to 20% on most rentals, free unlimited mileage and more.
Splitwise is an app that keeps track of any shared expenses between you and your travel mates, so you can worry less about splitting the check and focus more on enjoying yourself. All of your IOU’s are stored in one place, so it’s easy to see what you owe (and what others owe you) at a glance. After all is set and done, just tap “Settle up” to pay back.
Of course, no list of travel apps is complete without the AAA Auto Club app. More than just your membership on-the-go, AAA Auto Club allows you to navigate maps or TripTiks, request and track roadside assistance, find the cheapest gas near you, book hotels, flights and rental cars as well as search for discounts on shopping, dining and more.
One More Tip
It’s not an app, but if you’re traveling, your wireless carrier can make a big difference. T-Mobile makes traveling a breeze with benefits like no-hassle calling, texting and browsing in Mexico and Canada. T-Mobile users also get full in-flight WiFi so you can stay connected even when you’re in the air. Plus, you can use your device as a mobile hotspot no matter where you go. If you have their Go5G Plus plan, you’ll get high-speed data in over 215 countries. Now that’s a plan for a traveler.
Want to make the switch before your next vacation? AAA members can get up to $100 when they switch to T-Mobile.
What do you think are the best apps for travel? Share your favorites in the comments below.
There’s an app for just about every travel need, but nothing beats the personalized experience a AAA travel advisor can provide. From planning to finding great deals and booking all the details, let an advisor help you with your next trip.