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Next to your passport or your airline tickets, one of the most indispensable accessories for travel these days is a smartphone. Whether you’re heading out on a business trip, a quick weekend getaway, a long tropical beach vacation or an international adventure, there are apps available now that can make virtually every aspect of traveling easier and more fun. Travel apps have only been around for the last couple of years, but it’s already hard to imagine how we traveled without them.
Trying to decide which apps to bring along on your trip shouldn’t add stress to your travel plans, so here’s an overview of five of the most unique and dynamic travel apps now available:
1. BlackBerry Travel
For the die-hard BlackBerry fan, this app makes it a breeze to book, manage and share travel activities. Get quick notifications if a flight is delayed or canceled and be able to book a new one right away. Find deals on hotels and car rentals, too. Automatic trip scanning pulls your trip details into the app so you can see all of your travel plans and updates in one place, in real time.
Available for: BlackBerry 10
This cool app helps you to compare over 1000 airlines for flights on the spot so you can connect with the cheapest airfares around. Flights are listed by destination along with pricing from lowest to highest based upon which airport you will be flying out from. The app also compares and displays the most inexpensive hotels and rental cars that are currently available for your trip.
3. Local Eats
LocalEats is different from other dining apps in that it focuses only on local restaurants. You won’t see any of the typical chain restaurants with this app, so it’s a great way to enhance your trip by sampling some of the very best in local fare. You can sort your results by the type of cuisine, neighborhood, price, amenities or award winners.
Available for: Android
4. Travel App Box
Travel App Box has been called the “Swiss army knife” of travel apps. It’s great for the international traveler and features 15 tools to help in just about any international scenario. There’s a currency converter, mapping feature, clothing size converter, tip calculator for each country, flight status, country codes, emergency numbers for each country, a phrase dictionary for 5 languages, pictograms that you can show to locals when you don’t know the language and more.
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Clearly, there is now an app for just about every aspect of traveling, so browse around and see what’s out there. Mobile phone apps can help to make your travels smoother, safer and more enjoyable. Just make sure you remember to take your phone.
About the author: James Parsons is a dad first and a mobile app developer second. He considers himself an expert in small business trends, mobile technology and basketball.
Cover image courtesy of Gabriel Amadeus