This year, traveling can be really difficult. Growing pains are rampant and we should prepare for the worst of any travel experience as airlines, airports and every other facet of the business struggle to recover from two years of stagnation.
For the past few weeks we’ve looked at ways to make your family’s travel day go more smoothly by packing light, carrying only carry-on luggage and a host of other tips for avoiding turbulence, but there’s a strategy that needs its own article : Travel Apps.
Some of these should be mainstays of the trip as they were downloaded before Covid even registered on our radar, but others will prove particularly useful now that travel is so difficult.
Here’s our pick of the essential travel apps to get you through this year’s madness.
1. The app of the airline you are flying with
It is important to have as much information about your flights as possible. The first step to making sure you’re ready on flight days is to download your airline’s app and sign up for a subscription.
Even if Delta or American are slower to report their problems, installing FlightAware gives you all the flight information you could ever need as a backup. You may receive frequent updates on your jet’s location by entering your flight the day before your departure.
3. Lounge buddy
Sometimes there can be delays, and with airport congestion, it can be difficult to find a comfortable seat for six hours while eating expensive airport fare.
You are often desperate when the worst happens and your flight is cancelled. Waiting for the airline to find you can take forever as thousands of people are experiencing the same situation as you.
5. Google Maps and Google Translate
Never let them leave your phone. After a long day of travel, the combination of a language barrier, unfamiliar surroundings, and general swoon can be enough to drive someone to the abyss. Find light in the dark thanks to Google’s translation and map services.
Organization is essential when traveling, but many of us still insist on lugging around our tiny binder of papers. Of course, you’ll need real items like passports, but a single app like TripIt can store all your reservations, bookings, flight information, and excursions.
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