Must-Have Travel Apps

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Have you been thinking about taking a vacation? Or, do you have a big trip in mind that you’re just dying to take? Travel, whether around the United States or to a foreign country, can be a great experience. The chance to visit new places, experience new things, and meet new people can be very rewarding. 

But travel can also be very daunting. Especially if you’re trying to plan activities, figure out transportation in the areas you will be visiting, and not to mention packing and finding a place to stay. Of course, you can bet that there are plenty of great apps that can help you with everything travel-related. 

Must-Have Travel Apps

If you’re not sure which travel apps might be helpful for you, here are a few must-haves that travel gurus swear by.

  • MyTSA: This app was designed to answer the questions that travelers have when dealing with the Transportation Security Administration. You can find information on the following:
    • Quickly search which items you can bring with you through the checkpoint onto the airplane.
    • Request live assistance from TSA through the AskTSA social media integration.
    • Check how historically busy the airport will be on your specific day and time of travel.
    • Check crowd-sourced TSA security checkpoints wait times at the airport of your choice.
    • Add your own TSA security checkpoints wait time for others to see (NOTE: You must be at the airport in order to report wait times).
    • Check the delay information and current weather conditions at your favorite airports nationwide.
    • Consult the TSA Guide on how to prepare for and get through the security checkpoint quickly.
    • Discover which airports and airlines support TSA 
    • PreCheck®, and learn how to sign-up.
  • Skyscanner: If you’re looking for an app that’s your one-stop shop for all travel deals, then Skyscanner is for you. With this app, you can:
    • Find cheap flights
    • Book a hotel
    • Rent a car
    • Get frequent flyer miles
    • Use filters to tailor your search
    • And there are no added fees!
  • Uber: If you won’t be renting a car at your destination, then you should definitely download the Uber app. This ridesharing app is available in a lot of areas (even internationally) and can have you getting to your destinations easily. It’s as simple as putting in where you want to go and requesting a ride.
  • Waze: Will you be renting a car while on vacation? Then you may want to make sure you have Waze installed on your phone. This GPS navigation software can provide you turn-by-turn assistance to help you get to your favorite places.
  • Mobile Passport: If you’ll be traveling internationally, consider downloading the Mobile Passport app. This app allows you to submit your passport and customs and declaration form electronically at certain airports around the country. This can save you time when you return from your vacation. (This is different from Global Entry and does not require a special interview to use.)
  • Roadtrippers: If you’re heading out on a road trip – you’ll love this app. You can map your route, find interesting attractions, scenic views, tasty diners, national parks, and hotels where you can rest at the end of the day. No wonder this app has so many great reviews.
  • Google Translate: If you’re heading to a foreign country and a little worried about your language skills, Google Translate can help. Sure, it may not be perfect, but if you needed some help, you could definitely type in your phrase and show it to someone so they could assist you. 
  • PackPoint: PackPoint bills itself as an “intelligent packing app.” You will input where you are going, how long you will be there, and what activities you have planned, and PackPoint will tell you what you should be packing in your suitcase. 

Do you have other apps that you love to use when you’re traveling? What are they? Do you use any of these on the list? Any app that makes your life a little bit easier while traveling is sure to be a winner.

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