Travel is far from a worry-free experience, even when the goal is to have fun. But as Internet information improves with savvier planning and social media sites you can remove some of the hassle of travel planning. What’s more, say agencies like LBF Travel, there’s also help for travelers once they are on their way. Here are some of the best apps and services for travelers, some of which are free.
If you’re looking for something to do in your vacation city, the Goby app points you in the right direction. Goby not only lets you know where the restaurants, hotels, libraries and museums are, but it also finds plays, concerts and other nearby cultural events.
Free Wi-Fi Finder
Finding free Wi-Fi in an unfamiliar place is a whole lot easier with JiWire’s Free Wi-Fi Finder app. The app has a searchable directory and Wi-Fi scanner so you’re never far away from a connection.
If you’re suddenly at a loss for words in a foreign country, call on the Google Translate app. Speak a phrase and Google Translate will speak the words in the foreign language you choose.
Gogo Internet In-Flight Pack
Gogo offers in-flight Wi-Fi that’s compatible with nearly all of the major airlines in the United States. Easy sign in and a variety of different pricing packages make Gogo one of the best apps for in-flight Wi-Fi. Watch for special holiday and sale pricing that make Gogo an even better deal.
OANDA Currency Converter
Avoid the strain of trying to convert currencies on the fly with the OANDA Currency Converter app. The elegant looking and responsive app can factor credit card and ATM percentages as well, making it the top currency converter app available.
No more guessing about what the weather’s like at your destination. The WeatherPro app has weather reports for over 2 million locations around the world. The app offers more than temps and current conditions. It details humidity, wind speeds and accurate up-to-date forecasts.
Keeping up with tipping practices around the world is impossible. Enter the Tipulator app. Look up the acceptable tip rate for your destination, feed it to the Tipulator and let it calculate the right amount.
The TravelSafe app is designed for peace of mind. Its comprehensive database of emergency numbers, embassy contact details, as well as fire and police departments, ambulances and hospitals is a must-have resource for travelers.
Perfect World Clock
It doesn’t matter where you are or how jetlagged you feel, you can be sure of the time with the Perfect World Clock app.
if you’ve ever found yourself in an unfamiliar airport wondering where your terminal is, then GateGuru is for you. GateGuru is an app that maps out the airport and terminals so you know where to go. One of its best features is the average terminal security checkpoint wait time section. The map also includes airport restaurants and customer reviews.
If you’re on the road, GasBuddy can be a lifesaver. It not only pinpoints the nearest gas station, but shows approximate prices too.