5 Apps to Make Vacation Traveling Easier

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own.

Traveling has never been easier for the average person, given the wide array of support applications dedicated entirely to making sure you have a good time. In fact, it’s such a competitive space, that tourism in general has the brunt of some really big corporate names behind it.

With the explosion of the app-dominated smartphone era, it was only a matter of time before vacation travel became an almost entirely-online phenomena – people rarely make phone calls anymore, and use any of a number of apps to book a hiking tour in Arizona, contact an NYC tour bus company, or set up a private jet to Dubai. The world, as they say, is your oyster, and the following apps are dedicated to helping you get to your destination hassle-free.

The Citymapper App

If you think that Google Maps is a pretty good guide, then Citymapper for Android and iOS will literally knock your socks off. It’s considerably more comprehensive, and is marketed as a vacation planner for an ever-growing number of travel destinations. Some of the novel features it includes are bicycle routes for those who like to travel by self-propulsion, as well as real-time information on arrivals, departures and transportation service interruptions.

Additionally, given the popularity of Uber, it should come as no surprise that Citymapper has integrated the taxi service into their app. It’s free to download, and the website has a host of additional features you might find useful.

Tripit – From the App Store and Google Play

Tripit is an app that has expanded to fill a unique and useful niche; it works essentially as an aggregator of sorts. By providing access to your email accounts, this secure app will scan for all travel-related messages – it’s programmed to find booking information, car and hotel rentals and events you might have booked – and makes an itinerary out of them.

If you’ve got safety concerns, don’t worry – you can just send your emails to the app and it will do the rest without accessing your actual email.

LiveTrekker Travel Journal App

The first thing you’ll notice about the LiveTrekker app is how visually stunning the maps are – it’s almost like a high-res video game presentation. You can see trees, stadiums, skyscrapers; all from a satellite-like view that’s much closer to the ground than any satellite could be. A mid-altitude drone might be a more appropriate comparison, in fact.

So what sets Livetrekker apart? It’s a video journal, in the sense that it takes snapshots of your travels and stores them to a cloud drive, which is also synced with your social media accounts. You can share with your friends and family, leaving comments and sending emails through it while on your travels.

There’s a robust community of LiveTrekkers, and you can see where they’ve been and what spots they recommend in the city or country you’re traveling to. It’s one of the best apps around if you like to blog about your travels, since it records everything you tell for later reference.

App in the Air

Gone are the days when flight times and departure/arrivals filled you with anxiety. The App in the Air app is the ultimate flight tracker, and puts information from all of the airlines and airports right at your fingertips. You don’t even need to be connected to WiFi in order to receive information on your boarding time, last call for check-in, when you take off and when you land – including any unexpected delays as the information is received.

How do you get this info if there’s no internet connection around? Simple: via text message. This is very useful when you’re traveling out of the country. App in the Air can be integrated with another app – TripIt, to help you focus on your flight information alone.

Currency Exchange App – XE Currency

Take the math out of shopping once you get to another country. This very popular application is a godsend to tens-of-millions of downloaders ever since it became available in the various app stores. There isn’t a single world currency it cannot convert, so you can be comfortable buying expensive sodas in Milan or paying for your African safari lodge in Kenya – there won’t be any surprises when the bill comes due.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.