‘Tis the season. And no, unfortunately that doesn’t just mean warm boozy beverages and festive feasts. We’re talking about the inevitable scramble of crowds to airports, train stations and interstates—grumpy travelers hoping to find the tinsel at the end of the tunnel.
For preparations and day-of coping, refer to our Holiday Travel Tips post. But if you’re looking to be truly modern and savvy, turn to the thing you pretty much always have with you: your smartphone. We recommend loading it up with this collection of apps to make travelling this season just a little bit smoother.
Clockwise from top left:
Packing Pro: Before heading out into the masses, do a little planning. Packing Pro is an iOS app for keeping track of everything you need to pack—sure beats looking for a pen and paper.
FlightTrack Pro: No more craning your neck, looking at the flight status board. This app—available for iOS and Adroid—lets you keep track of your flight’s status, delay information and in-flight progress.
Wi-Fi Finder: Okay you’re on vacation, but you might need to send off a few last-minute emails (or catch up on that latest TV episode). The Wi-Fi finder turns your iOS device into a veritable hotspot finder so you don’t max out your data limit.
AroundMe: This popular little app is pretty self-explanatory. You’re at the corner of [blank] and [blank]. Where can you grab a bite or pick up a few last minute gifts? This iOS and Android app presents a map with anything you might need within walking distance. Too bad it can’t bring the family to you.