In the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush, finding unique attractions and staying organized and in the know can be difficult. With more than 100,000 apps available, a few good travel apps on your smart phone or tablet can help you avoid complications. These 10 apps will help you make the most out of your trip, from before you leave home to the moment you check in to the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson location at your destination.
1. Road trips made easy
If you’re traveling by car this holiday season, make sure you find the best stops, shops, and strange attractions along the way. A road trip travel app can map out classic drives, find convenient and offbeat stops — such as movie filming locations, perfect 48-hour pit stops and highway exit guides — on your route.
2. Book at the best rate
Before you book your flight, be sure to compare ticket prices with an app that compares rates and can suggest destinations based on your interests.
3. Travel info at your fingertips
Once booked, see if your airline carrier has an app. Many allow people to check in to flights, check baggage, change seats, and view tickets all from the palm of their hand. It’s another way to make sure everything is in order before arriving at the airport.
4. Know before you go
Travelers, especially those with manageable illnesses, can find physicians and hospitals, get safety alerts, and locate places to get prescriptions filled with a health-related travel app. Health emergencies are never planned, but you can plan to be prepared.
5. Don’t get short changed
Traveling overseas? Be sure to download a currency converter app before you go. You can keep track of live currency rates from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica and India.
6. Go someplace new
Going to a destination you’ve visited before doesn’t have to be ho-hum. Tell this discovery app, powered by some of the top travel magazines around, about your interests and it will find nearby restaurants, events and excursions.
7. Why search for Wi-Fi
No one really wants to pay for text messaging or their favorite word game app. And there’s no need to with a Wi-Fi service app that can find more than 1 million mobile hotspots around the globe. And, of course, you can always find free Wi-Fi in your Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel room.
8. Out of data? No problem.
Need directions when you arrive at your destination but far from a hotspot? Don’t use the data on your phone plan. Use an offline map service that connects you to the city without data or Wi-Fi. Just download the app, select your city, and easily navigate to your destination.
9. Create a convenient travelogue
There is an easy way to document your vacation through photos, notes and location check-ins. Some diary apps allow you to share your experiences with friends and family through your favorite social networks. Other apps will track your steps via GPS and link your content on the cloud.
10. Book your hotel from anywhere
Another thing that makes holiday travel a breeze? Staying at your favorite Country Inns & Suites hotel. With complimentary high-speed Internet access, a fitness center, and a free hot breakfast in the morning, you’ll feel right at home even while you’re out of town. Club Carlson members, save time by booking your stay and tracking your points with our Club Carlson℠ app.
Do you have a favorite app that enhances your travels? Let us know in the comments section below!