Remember the days when you picked up the phone to make an appointment, or when you used to go into a travel agent to book a holiday? Seems that those days are long gone, with the advent of the internet. Not only the internet, but the apps which are available to do all those things that previously had you running around doing.
We’ve compiled a list of some gadgets which will change the way you feel about things. These are the coolest apps which you should consider taking with you on your next trip.
1. Hopper tells you when to book your flight to maximise savings
This works with you inputting the days you want to fly, and Hopper sends you a message telling you when the prices change, and recommends the best day to buy your tickets. You can also then buy your tickets directly through the app.
2. PackSimple lets you design a custom TSA-approved travel kit for cheap and ship it straight to your door
You decide which products you need to take in your hand luggage, and order them on the app. PackSimple then makes up a travel bag with all the products in the correct sizes, and ships it to you in time for your flight. They have about 15 products for you to choose from, and the bag in included in the price if you spend more than $26.
3. Overnight helps you find a place to crash – last minute
This app finds places which are short term rentals, so you never need to pay hotel prices again. You can book anything from just a room, to a whole house it is easy to find accommodation within ten minutes so you will never be stranded for a long time without a place to sleep, or stay for a while. You can download it from the App Store.
4. Away’s luggage charges your phone while you wait for your flight
Imagine if you were able to charge your phone while you are travelling somewhere. You can with this amazing suitcase. Created by a New York based company, they also make carry on bags and full sized cases. The suitcases are modern, and very durable, so withstand the rigours of baggage handlers.
5. Lola is like having a travel agent in your pocket
Lola will connect you to a team of travel experts who will take care of every step of the planning for you. Using both artificial intelligence and experienced staff, Lola is designed to take the headache out of your travel arrangements. Lola is available to download from the App Store.
6. The Infatuation is your cool friend who knows all the best restaurants
The Infatuation is a well-travelled foodie, who knows where you can get any type of food you fancy. You will find guides to bars and restaurants in 7 major US cities, as well as many in the rest of the world. Whether you need a place that accepts children, or somewhere that won’t argue if you arrive in shorts, the Infatuation will find it for you.
7. G. Spotting is a curated travel directory from Gwyneth Paltrow herself
Want to shop at the places Gwyneth does? Then this is the app for you. It will give you places in 27 destinations for anything from dresses to restaurants, and top class hotels.
8. Skybuds wireless earbuds will eliminate tangled cords while you travel
You’ll find these in three different colours, black, silver and white. They cost around $220. The battery life is fairly short, but if avoiding getting tangled in headphone cables, or having to undo the knots when you stuff them into your bag, then you may consider a pair of these.
9. The popular game “Ballz” will alleviate airport boredom
Incredibly addictive, this game is similar to ‘Breakout’, but you can play it without an internet connection. So providing the battery does not run out, it can keep you occupied for the whole flight. You can download it through the App Store and Google Play Store.
10. VSCO will make your vacation photos look professionally shot and Instagram-ready
You can make small adjustments, and try different filters on your pics. New filters are added frequently. Not all the filters are free, but you will find that VSCO is one of the best editing apps available right now.
11. Mophie’s Powerstation saves you from hunting for an outlet
This is basically a portable battery which will give your phone that extra few minutes you need. The design is really sleek and comes in two colours. It is a bit pricey at $100 but it does mean that you may get some more time before your phone finally runs of out juice.
12. Google Maps lets you create and share a list of recommendations within the app.
It is a great feature for remembering where you have searched before. You can also follow your friends’ lists and they can follow yours. You can also share things you want to see with friends.
13. Tab makes it easier than ever to split the bill
Never again get a headache from trying to split a bill! Just highlight the dishes that you ordered, and Tab will add up your cost, calculate the tax, and add a tip. It will do this for all the people in your group so you will never have to strain your brain again at dinner.
14. Turo is like Airbnb but for cars
You can rent a car directly from the owner, drive it for an agreed time, and return it to the owner. There is a selection of cars ranging from super cool to very dependable cars like jeeps. Whatever you choose, you can do it through the app and you will get a better rate than through any rental company.
15. Download from the App Store and Google Play Store.
The Light Phone lets you enjoy experiences without being distracted by your smartphone.
There are only two things that this phone does. It makes calls and receives calls. It does not text, on send and receive emails. It costs about $150 and may be the answer to getting away from those emails that bug you while you are on vacation!
16. Dufl wants to eliminate the pain of packing
The app will not only send your bag to your destination, it will wash your clothes or dry clean them. Store them till you are ready for your next trip, and then send the bag to your next destination. The storage service is $10, and the sending on, cleaning or dry cleaning is $99.
Source: Business Insider