Make your holiday travel easier and more fun by loading up your smartphone and tablet with some of our must-have travel apps.
If you are leaving town for the holidays this year, you probably already booked your flight and hotel. To help you stay organized the day of your trip, check out these helpful apps:
The Flight Status app provides you with information about delays, expected arrival times and baggage claim numbers. If you’re not the one flying, this app also helps you pick up relatives from the airport at the right time.
GateGuru is a necessary app if you end up with a long layover. The app provides a listing of amenities at most major airports in the U.S. Search within your terminal for the best restaurant and shopping options with reviews from other travelers.
The Tripit app will organize your entire travel itinerary and make it viewable on the Tripit iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps. Simply email all of your travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even view maps, directions and links to hotels and restaurants from the app.
Prefer driving over flying?
If you are setting out on the road this fall or winter, don’t forget your car-charger and smartphone or tablet because there are a ton of great apps for saving money and staying entertained on a road-trip. Here are a few of our favorites:
Probably one of the most popular road trip apps, GasBuddy can help you save time and money on your trip. Open the app to find the closest and cheapest gas options near you. You can even get directions to the station you select.
Pack up the car, grab the kids and download HotelTonight! The HotelTonight app offers last minute hotel deals all over the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Europe. Holiday road trips are the perfect time to start an early New Year resolution of being more spontaneous with your family. Find a city you have never visited along your route and open the HotelTonight app to see available hotels. Deals go live everyday at 9 a.m. local time.
Keep the kids occupied and happy with mobile games like Magic Fingers, Monster Coloring Book, Toca Builders and Winnie the Pooh. If you have multiple adult passengers, checkout group games like Catan and Monopoly.
Whether you are traveling or staying home, one of the best apps for the holidays is imo. Gather your family in a group, where you can chat in real-time and share photos from all the reunion festivities in a photo gallery. High-quality video calls make you feel like you are right there with any family members unable to join in on the fun in person.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Click to download imo on Android, iPhone, iPad and Amazon.