Best Travel Apps: Journey
The first instalment in this three-part feature on travel apps gave you some ideas of what to download when planning your trip. So, by now, you should hopefully be an expert on your chosen destination – which restaurants to visit, hotels to stay at, and culture to look at – as well as, of course, being fluent in the language. Yeah? Great. So now it’s time for the next step: the journey itself.
And here are five apps which will help you through packing, catching your flight, and all the other difficulties which come with travelling:
There’s always one passenger who, despite their painstaking checks, forgets something ridiculously important whilst packing. Like their phone charger, or even their clothes. For anybody nodding along, you know who you are, Packing List is just an essential app. Just enter the things you need to take, then tick them off when you’ve packed them. There’s even a ‘master list’, full of suggestions depending on your type of trip. What’s more, the app can also be used as a shopping list for when you return to grim reality. The interface is rather dull but, then again, this is no surprise. After all, the app’s only purpose is to draw up lists, and lists are always dull (except this list of travel apps, of course).
So you know if your flight’s been delayed, but you still need to actually get to the airport, unless you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to live nearby. And there’s always the question: do I live early in case there’s traffic? Or just risk it and leave at a normal time? INRIX’s Traffic app solves that conundrum by telling you exactly what’s going on on your route. It lists road works, accidents, and even speed cameras to ensure you begin your holiday in the most time-saving way possible.
Pretty self-explanatory this one – it’s a clock to give you the time at home and at your destination. Of course, this is one of the more basic apps on the list, but having a display of the time both at home and away will always come in useful – whether it’s to know when the plane lands or to avoid calling disgruntled friends at 4 in the morning.
There are few things worse than having to get up at 2am for a 6am flight. Except, perhaps, getting up at 2am for a 6am flight that ends up being delayed. With Flight Stats, you can be notified as to whether the flight’s going to be on time or delayed, meaning more time in bed or, at least, less time wandering aimlessly around the terminal’s branch of WHSmith. All you need to do is enter your flight number and the app will give you its status. It’s even been known to notify passengers of major delays before the airlines themselves.
One of the most popular currency conversion apps, this one keeps itself constantly updated with the latest rates, meaning you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying for that massive Toblerone in duty-free. The app also claims to be able to convert every world currency, so it should work wherever you’re headed.
So these are the best apps for conquering one of the most arduous parts of any holiday: the journey there. Next time we’ll give you the five best apps for the holiday itself.