Smartphones have revolutionized nearly every aspect of everyday life, and that extends to how you travel as well. There are many apps that can greatly improve your experience while on vacation, whether by helping navigate the oft-stressful world of airports or assisting in finding the best deals at hotels along your journey. While there are numerous apps to choose from, some stand above the rest, and according to The Huffington Post there are several in particular you should consider downloading.
One of the biggest challenges associated with international travel is communicating with friends and family back home. Even a simple text message can cost a small fortune, but WhatsApp eliminates the worry, the news source reports. This useful tool, which costs just 99 cents, allows you to send text messages from anywhere on the globe. You can also use it to share photos and videos of your trip.
As anyone who has traveled a lot can certainly attest, you have to expect the unexpected. And whether you've ended up in a city you weren't planning on or the hotel you booked months ago is full due to a scheduling snafu, you can sometimes be left scrambling for a room. According to HuffPo, a free app known as Hotel Tonight can help alleviate some of your concerns. The program lets you easily track down hotels nearby as late as 2 a.m.
Not all apps are designed to help you out in a pinch, however, as others are more geared toward enhancing your experience. One of the best for this is Where To?, an app that can help you find whatever it is you're looking for, whether it is a restaurant or landmark. It's GPS can provide you with accurate directions as well so you don't have to worry about getting lost in an unfamiliar location, according to CNN Travel.
Apps can play an important role in your travel experience even before you leave. Packing Pro has proven to be especially helpful, CNN notes. By taking every aspect of your trip into account, from weather to itinerary, this app can help you make sure you don't realize you're missing anything once you arrive at your eventual destinations.