While the height of the summer travel season is past us, many of us will soon be back on the road or in the air again for holiday travel or maybe a warm weather escape. Whatever your excuse is, here are some great apps and websites that can help make traveling a little easier.

1. On The Fly (iPhone and Android) is a great smartphone app that easily allows you to compare flight pricing with flexible or set dates. If you have some brand loyalty when it comes to flying (I am a slave to Southwest…I admit it), then most airlines now have their own apps as well. I love the Southwest one for checking in for those A group seats wherever I am.

2. Roadtrippers is a great website if you are hitting the road anytime soon. Just enter in your intended route and find attractions, accommodations, eats, shopping, and plenty of other diversions along the way. Great if you want something interesting to do on the way to grandma’s for Thanksgiving.

3. Smart Layover (iPhone and Android) is just what the doctor ordered if you find yourself stuck at the airport for a few hours, either for a cheaper ticket, unexpected delays, or that dreaded cancellation (it’s happened to me at Christmas, as I’m sure it’s happened to many). This app provides airport maps and discounts on usually overpriced food and drink, or gives you options close to the airport if time allows and you need to get out of there. I definitely want to check out the option of renting a nice suite for a few hours for a shower and nap before having to get back on the plane.

4. Google Field Trip (iPhone and Android) is essential for finding things off the beaten path wherever you are. There is historical information, food and drink recommendations, and quirky spots you probably would not have found anywhere else. Just be careful to turn the settings off when you don’t want to use it- otherwise you will get so many notifications, your phone will be permanently buzzing.

5. Yelp is my old standby when traveling, especially when finding places to eat and drink. Just type in what you’re looking for and your neighborhood, and you’ll almost always find what you’re looking for. It’s like a modern concierge, but I will say that if your hotel has a concierge, nothing beats their recommendations either.

I’m sure I’m missing some other awesome 21st century travel helpers out there. I’d love to hear what other people are using, too!

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One Response to Five Great Travel Apps and Websites

  1. Amanda says:

    Thanks for all of the tips! I’m also a huge fan of tripadvisor for hotel reviews and ideas of things to do in an area

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