You all know I’m an avid traveler and big old technogeek. Your Aunt Benet loves her iPhone, and has two Travel folders full of great apps. Every time I use them, I wonder what I did before the iPhone was invented. Please allow me to share them and tell you what makes them so great. All are free, unless otherwise noted.
- Gate Guru. This app was featured in an Apple iPhone TV commercial. It gives locations and user reviews (including mine as Aviation Queen) of retail, restaurants and services at airports across the country. I was in Atlanta last week and needed a drug store at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Gate Guru told me that Drugs & More was there, pre-security, in the atrium. Nice!! And when you have a tight connection and want to make sure you get something to eat for the plane ride, this app is a godsend.
- Currency Converter, by Oanda. This app converts currencies from the Afghan Afghani to the Zimbabwe Dollar, quickly and easily — so I don’t have to!
- I HEART Travel Packing ($1.99). Kids, my mind isn’t what it used to be, so I need all the help I can get. Believe me, it is NOT fun to realize you’ve reached your destination and forgotten to pack underwear (yes, this has happened to me). This app has sample lists for men and women; it also allows you to create your own list and create a master catalog where you can drag items for new lists.
- Next Flight ($2.99). Let’s say you’re at JFK Airport and your flight to San Francisco is delayed or canceled. What do you do? Go to this app, type in the city-pair and it will tell you what airlines have the next flights going there. Call your airline (using the Flight Sites app for the phone number), give them the options and voila-you’re on your way, while the rest of the crowd is standing around the gate agent desk praying they get on a flight.
- FareCompare. This app gives you real-time air fare alerts from the city of your choice. As of this morning at 10:08, I can go to Boston for $107. It will let you post the fare you found on your favorite social media outlet. It will even take you right to Orbitz to book the flight.
So what apps am I missing? What travel apps are on your smartphone?