This is the season to hit the road, hop on a flight or perhaps set sail.
While your summer getaway is meant to give you joy, travel can also be stressful, with long lines at airports, congestion on busy freeways and pandemic-related ship restrictions. Then add in managing an itinerary, possibly adjusting to new time zones and dealing with currency exchanges — especially for overseas excursions.
The good news: You likely carry a smartphone with you, and with the right apps it could make your trip much smoother. Countless free travel-related apps are available to pack along with your suitcase.
All apps work with both iOS — the iPhone, iPad operating system — and Android devices unless otherwise specified.
Organize your vacation
With TripIt, forward all your confirmation emails — for flights, hotels, rental cars, RV parks — to email@example.com, and the service will organize everything into a detailed summary, complete with confirmation codes, maps and other info. The convenient one-stop app holds important details of your trip.
The optional TripIt Pro, a premium $49-a-year service, has extras including real-time flight alerts and info on alternate flights if yours is delayed or canceled.
Also consider: Expedia Trip Planner and Tripadvisor
Get better hotel deals
Hotels.com, founded in 1991 as the Hotel Reservations Network, is the oldest hotel-booking service and website. Its popular app benefits from an intuitive interface, maps and rideshare integration, support for smartwatches, a “secret price” feature and one of the best loyalty and rewards programs, including a “stay 10 nights and get the next one free” feature.
To reduce the likelihood of fake reviews, all customers who rate or review a hotel must have stayed there. At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, Hotels.com’s humorous spokesman, this feature alone makes the app worth checking out.