Smartphones have become much more than a form of communication for most people. Gone are the days when phones were used simply to make a call. Today, they are used as cameras, navigational systems, translators, calculators, and so much more, and they are essential to simplifying your next vacation. We’ve put together a list of some of the best apps out there that help make traveling a bit easier with just a few taps of your smartphone screen. You’ll feel less stressed just having this list handy.
Detour is the perfect app for travelers who want to know every detail about their surroundings. It is a location-based app that guides you as you walk through a new city on vacation. The app is narrated by locals who know the city best, and each detour offers an element of storytelling that leaves listeners feeling like they’re walking around inside of a movie. The detours can be taken at your own pace and on your own schedule, so you can fit as much or as little as you’d like into your day of exploration. Although only a limited number of cities are currently available, you can suggest cities for future detours.
Not all travel can be solely for the purpose of having fun. Many travelers are oftentimes on the road for business reasons, and that’s when the app CamCard comes in handy. CamCard allows you to capture important business cards on the go by scanning them into your phone. The app takes care of the rest storing and organizing the contact information in your phone. Manage your cards by adding notes, setting reminders, and sharing and tagging cards for ultimate productivity. CamCard is also popular with frequent travelers because it eliminates the need to carry around a thick wallet of business cards. Go paperless using the app and make your wallet lighter and the environment greener. The app also accurately reads business cards in 16 different languages, so you can exchange information when you’re traveling internationally, too. Sync CamCard across all your devices and you’ll never be without crucial information when you travel.
The travel app, Concur, reduces stress on the road by allowing users to easily manage travel expenses from their smartphone. The app is integrated with some of the most popular business systems and tools to make managing business travel a seamless process. Whether you need to track how much you’ve spent on gas during your trip or create a detailed expense report, Concur can do it. Once it’s downloaded, you can easily view credit card transactions to add to and submit via expense reports or capture receipts with your camera. In addition to tracking expenses, you can approve travel as well as book flights using the app, too.
You might have a vacation planned, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is coming with you. That’s where the DogVacay app comes in handy. Search available pet sitters in your area and find one in your price range, so you can enjoy your vacation without the stress of worrying about your beloved pet. The app allows you to read reviews, find a sitter you can trust and pay for the service all online. DogVacay vets all sitters and each reservation provides a Peace of Mind Promise, which includes 24/7 customer support, daily photo updates, and premium pet insurance.
The needle on your gas gauge is flirting dangerously with the red ‘Empty’ sign, but you continue past the rest stop gas station with the hopes of finding one with less exorbitant gas prices. Sound familiar? With GasBuddy you no longer have to endure such a risk. The app allows you to view recent gas prices at surrounding gas stations, so you can easily find the cheapest place to fill up your tank. It functions as a group of local websites that give users the opportunity to share information about gas prices and easily identify the lowest priced fuel in their area. The app helps users save time and money by making the information readily available with just a few taps of the screen. Spending money on gas isn’t usually fun, but the GasBuddy app allows users to compete against other gasbuddies, rack up points by completing challenges, enter to win free gas every day.
Did you know it’s possible to speed up your body’s adjustment to a time change while traveling? Entrain is designed to do just that. The app uses the light you record to track your clock and then computes recommended schedules that will help to move your circadian clock to the right time zone. If you follow the suggested lighting schedules then your body should adjust to the time change quickly and decrease the lingering effects of jet lag you might experience. The app and the schedules it suggests are continuously being looked at by researchers at the University of Michigan, and any information you choose to submit regarding your travel schedule, lighting history, and jet lag will be used to improve Entrain.