I recently wrote a post on how travel can be stressful and can wreck havoc on my biphasic sleep schedule. The one thing I count on to keep me sane while I travel is my iPhone. This list is my top 5 iPhone apps for travel.
Without these top 5 iPhone apps for travel, I’d be lost, honestly. I’m notorious for forgetting what hotel I’m going to or what airline I’m flying on. Thankfully, I’ve created a trusty team of iPhone apps for travel that keeps everything I need organized in one place.
I’ve created a folder on my iPhone that is dedicated to my travel apps. They cover a wide range of information including flights, cars, foods and others that can contain everything a person would need. This is my list of the top 5 iPhone apps for travel.
Tripit – All my itineraries go here. Whether I’m booking for my own travel or my EA is booking it for me, the first app we use is Tripit. Simply email your itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org and at an instant, all your travel information is being input into an organized and intuitive interface showing you all of the information you need.
TripAdvisor – Hungry? Bored? Looking for something to do or see? TripAdvisor has got you covered. The “near me now” feature can show you the best places to eat, sights to see and things to do within walking distance. Zoom out to see the best that your current city has to offer. This app is how my wife and I found Mission Cafe in San Diego. It is without a doubt the go-to place for breakfast. It’s also where our son had eggs for the first time in his life.
Uber – Tim Ferriss used and approved this app and its services are the best alternative to public transportation. Uber offers black sedans and SUVs to chauffeur you around town. Simply launch the app and request a pick up. Your iPhone will tell the driver where you are. In just a few minutes, your very own sedan arrives to take you around town. What’s more, everything is electronic. No need to pay cash, they’ll just charge you credit card on file.
FlightAware – I use this app to track our company plane. It also comes in very handy to check the flight status of any aircraft in America. I use it to make sure my flight is on time, check connecting flight status and find out when my colleagues will arrive.
Maps – This is very likely the most popular iPhone app for travel. Never get lost again, that is unless Apple steers you in the wrong direction or down a road that doesn’t actually exist. Both have happened to me. But above all, this app makes it easy to find your way around even in the most complex cities.
Google Now (a bonus app) – In my opinion, this is more intuitive than Siri. I use Google to find things as well as keep track of what’s going on. Thanks to Google Now. My flights, hotel address, car rental confirmation (if I’m renting, otherwise I use Uber) and even tips on what’s around you come up on the cards. Google Now also tracks events on my calendar, tells me the weather and helps me plan my day.
Traveling is a breeze with the iPhone apps for travel. Keeping everything you need at your fingertips will help you to relax and navigate a foreign city as if it’s your own neighborhood. Pretty soon, people will think you’re a local until you speak, that is, especially if you’re a Texan like me.
What other apps for travel do you use to help you stay on top of things?