Travel Apps & Gear You'll Love

Best Apps & Gear for the Ul­ti­mate Beach Get­away

iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - by donna cleve­land

There's noth­ing quite like a ham­mock and a mar­garita to swiftly erase the stress of adult re­spon­si­bil­ity. Add the beach to the mix, and you may even find your­self dream­ing up ways to turn your va­ca­tion life into your ev­ery­day life (you've al­ways wanted to run your own bed & break­fast, right?)

In Jan­uary, mem­bers of the iPhone Life team took an un­of­fi­cial com­pany trip to the charm­ing beach town of Tu­lum, Mex­ico, to un­wind after a crazy year. Pil­lowy sand beaches, aqua­ma­rine wa­ter, and rus­tic ca­banas on the wa­ter's edge set the per­fect scene for our work re­hab.

As you might imag­ine, our crew came pre­pared with an as­sort­ment of iPhone apps and ac­ces­sories to put to the test dur­ing our beach ad­ven­tures. Through trial and er­ror, we dis­cov­ered the best picks for nav­i­gat­ing travel days, han­dling fi­nances, tak­ing pho­tos, and lis­ten­ing to music dur­ing our week in par­adise. We thought you could ben­e­fit from our “re­search” when plan­ning your own sum­mer ex­cur­sion. Whether you're plan­ning a stay­ca­tion in your home­town or an in­ter­na­tional hol­i­day, you'll find these apps and ac­ces­sories the per­fect ad­di­tion for a fun, re­lax­ing get­away.

Go­ing on va­ca­tion is a blast, but travel days can be so gru­el­ing that you al­most wish you could turn back (al­most). Having a few travel apps on hand helped make our trek more man­age­able. First off, I rec­om­mend down­load­ing TripIt (free). This app im­ports all of your travel book­ings into one itin­er­ary; and if you have a Pro ac­count, it will also send alerts, so you're the first to hear about de­lays. If your flight is can­celed, you can even use the app to find al­ter­nate routes so you can swiftly make a plan B. We had a cou­ple lay­overs on our way to Tu­lum, and we used GateGuru (free) to help us bide our time in the air­port. GateGuru's in­ter­face looks old school, but its air­port maps are awe­some for find­ing restau­rants or even a spa in your ter­mi­nal.

Be­fore de­part­ing for Mex­ico, I at­tended CES (the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show) in Las Ve­gas with some of the team. We used the ride-shar­ing app Lyft (free) not only to get around the city dur­ing the tradeshow, but also to get to the air­port once it was time for us to leave. Thanks to Lyft, we by­passed long bus lines at the Las Ve­gas con­ven­tion cen­ter all at rates com­pet­i­tive with cabs. But if you're plan­ning to drive a lot, you may want to rent a car in­stead. While we used Price­line in Mex­ico, you should see if Turo (free) serves the area. Turo is the Airbnb of car rentals, al­low­ing you to rent a ve­hi­cle di­rectly from a lo­cal. I tried Turo in Florida and got to drive around in a cus­tom Mus­tang convertible for a cheaper daily rate than any other agency of­fered in the area.

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