Smartphones have changed the way we use our mobile phones, with many apps dedicated to helping travelers along their journey. Travel guru Mark 'Hawkeye' Louis from the website www.travelwithhawkeye.com reviews some useful travel apps in the video clip embedded to the left.
Packing Pro (cost $2.99, Apple AppStore)
This app is limited to iPhone users and provides in-depth lists of essentials (clothing, toiletries, gadgets). Packing Pro allows you to pack for multiple travelers and conveniently offers a checklist feature. However, this app limits the user to packing for trips. Other apps that create checklists such as Evernote and Trello prove helpful for novice travelers as well as road warriors, plus they’re free.
Airports by Travel Nerds (free, Apple AppStore)
Another app unique to Apple, the Travel Nerds pack a lot of information about flights and airports for travelers who find themselves in unfamiliar airports. Terminal maps are helpful navigating tight connections at most major airports in the US and Europe (50 total). While airline-specific apps can be helpful for electronic or paperless boarding passes on your phone, they don’t offer the comprehensive details about each airport, such as restaurants, parking information, and even a taxi-sharing feature.
Smart Layover (free, all platforms)
Whether it’s a 6 hour layover or an overnight rest stop along the way, Smart Layover gives travelers information on day use hotels and sightseeing activities in over 140 cities. They have information to help navigate the terminals and find public transportation, as well as approximate security wait times and notifications when you should return to the airport to help you maximize your brief stay in a new city. So get out there and walk around the city on your next layover instead of sitting in the uncomfortable seats in the boarding areas or lounges. Note: Before trekking out of the airport into another country, please check for visa requirements.
These are only a few of the apps which help to make traveling easier, from packing the essentials to navigating the airports or briefly enjoying the sights and sounds of a new city. This list is by no means all-encompassing, so check back for further reviews of the best travel apps to make your next trip most enjoyable.