With summer travel planning in full swing, there’s a whole host of new and not so new apps to make travel easier, cheaper, and more entertaining. Here’s a run-down of six helpful Apps for planning summer travel:
If all you want a bargain flight then the award-winning Hopper app is right up your alley. Hopper is similar to Kayak and Skyscanner in that it analyzes billions of flights so you can see the cheapest dates to fly, but the difference is that Hopper will send you a notification telling you when to buy your tickets in order to get the best deal.
If your travel plans include a major metro area, Citymapper is a public transit app and mapping service that displays transport options between any two locations in a supported city. It integrates data for all urban modes of transport including walking, cycling and driving, in addition to public transport so you can blend different modes of transportation to get the fastest option. Citymapper also offers turn-by-turn audio instructions, allowing you to use headphones and leave your phone in your pocket and avoid looking lost. Citymapper currently includes the most major cities in the US and Europe and is expanding to cover all metro areas around the globe.
If you need to arrange private transportation white traveling, either domestically or abroad, Uber is the most convenient app to use. Uber works in 65 countries and over 600 cities to bring reliable ride service direct to your location. All the drivers are rated by other users, so you can guarantee you’re in safe hands and you can share your trip, with all vehicle and driver information, with a loved one for an extra layer of security.
For U.S. road trips, HearHere is an audio app designed to entertain travelers with stories about the landscapes they are driving through. Whether driving down the highway or a country road, HearHere promises to illuminate the trip with short stories about the local history, culture, nature, and mythology. HearHere uses geolocation technology to serve up tales from a collection of 8,800 (and growing) stories narrated by voice actors, including celebrities such as actors Kevin Costner and John Lithgow, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, and Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
For the traveling cyclist, the JAGZ app connects travelers with locals who can guide them on the best rides. JAGZ users can search destinations across the world and choose from thousands of Hosts, Guides, and Tours. When at home, users can connect with other cyclists in their hometown and create or join group rides and events. The interactive ride calendar allows users to browse upcoming races, demo days, and trail building events.
When traveling internationally, language translation apps make communication so much easier than the old days of carrying around a book of foreign words and phrases. Opening the Microsoft Translator app may at first feel like stepping back into those olden times compared to similar offerings from Google and Apple. However, this ultimately helps the app from a usability standpoint, offering a user interface that is simple enough for everyone, including those who may not be all that smartphone savvy. Microsoft Translator offers text, voice, and camera modes.
So, update your mobile devices with the latest version of these travel apps and get ready to hit the road!