Using your smartphone as a virtual travel buddy can make getting around much easier and more efficient. Your smartphone can be everything from your entertainment to your itinerary to your map to the stars (in the sky that is). Find out how to use your smartphone for smooth sailing after the jump.
Before You Go
- List It Out: Get a good to-do list app like Evernote (you might want to check out our 6 Tips for Planning a Perfect Trip Using Evernote), to get your 'before you leave' list organized and under control.
- Pack It: With apps like Packing Pro, you can list off and mark off what you need to bring, and then save the list for next time.
- Itinerary: I always forward my travel confirmations to TripIt so I have all my tines, dates and confirmation numbers in one place and ready to go.
- Flight Trackers: Using Flight Tracker to see if your plane is on time is really helpful and takes the stress off a bit. You can also get an app for your specific airline carrier and check in as well.
During Your Travel
- Free Wi-Fi: Download Wi-Fi Finder so you are able to stay connected when you need to. This is especially important for international travel and non-3G iPad travel.
- E-reader: Load up your E-reader with books and magazines for the drive, flight and wait times. Don't forget you can take out e-reader books from your library.
- iTunes: Get all of your music, audiobooks, movies and podcasts downloaded and ready to go to keep you entertained on the way to your destination.
- Game Time: Download a few games that will keep you occupied on a long flight or drive. If you are going to be with other people, get some trivia to play on your travel.
At Your Destination
- Hotel Help: Hotels.com, Priceline or Hotwire will help you find or change hotels on the road at a good price.
- Transportation: Make sure you are stocked with a good GPS app, public transportation (bus, subway or train) app, and bike routes and taxi apps for your destination so you can feel confident getting around in any situation you may find yourself in.
- Head In The Stars: If you are out in the wilderness or on the other side of the world and want to discover the the new sky above your head, grab an app like Star Gazer to map out and explain the twinkiling night sky.
- Hot or Cold:Have a weather app to keep you updated so you don't find yourself stuck soaking wet without an umbrella.
- Restaurant Reviews: Sampling the local food is always a great part of any vacation, so make sure you have an app that reviews and maps out what you're looking for. Yelp and Chef's Feed (available for iOS, Android coming soon) can help get you on your way.
- Language Translators: If you will be leaving the country, grab a language translating app like Google Translate to help you beat the barriers.
- Money Matters: A currency convertor like Globe Convert should help keep your budget on track.
How has your smartphone changed your traveling? Have any other tips to add to the list?