TRAVEL TECH

MUST HAVE APPS FOR THE GLOBAL TRAV­ELER

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Where the air­line pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence is fail­ing trav­el­ers, the tech in­dus­try is step­ping in with app-based ser­vices that aim to sim­plify and re­lieve stress in trav­el­ing.

A surge in var­i­ous travel apps may prompt a cer­tain level of app fa­tigue, but col­lec­tively they point to the po­ten­tial dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has to en­hance the pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence. We look at apps that make travel more seam­less and pain­less.

AIRGUIDE AIR­PORTS, FREE

AirGuideAir­ports is your guide to mak­ing the most of your air­port de­par­ture, ar­rival, or lay­over or to find what is near your gate, or air­port lounge. Try also AirGuide’s flight tracker for real-time live flight track­ing, ar­rivals, de­par­tures, gates, de­lays, se­cu­rity wait, weather and more.

WIKITUDE, FREE

Just like Wikipedia, Wikitude helps you learn about things you’re ex­plor­ing while trav­el­ing. Just point your phonecam and it an­no­tates the scene with pop-ups on ev­ery­thing from an­cient ru­ins to taco stands.

ROME2RIO, FREE

Rome2rio is a com­pre­hen­sive global trip plan­ner that helps you get from A to B world­wide. You can en­ter any town, ad­dress or land­mark as your des­ti­na­tion and Rome2rio will in­stantly dis­play flight, train, bus, ferry and driv­ing op­tions with es­ti­mated travel times and fares.

MY DATA MAN­AGER, FREE

My Data Man­ager – your most pre­cious cur­rency abroad is your data al­lowance – don’t run dry in a strange city. This tool tracks how much of your limit you’ve used, and it shows how much each app is suck­ing up so you can spot the bit hogs.

LOUNGEBUDDY, FREE

Cre­ate a trip and let LoungeBuddy tell you which lounges you al­ready have ac­cess to. Don’t have ac­cess? No wor­ries – you can pur­chase in­stant lounge ac­cess in sec­onds.

DE­TOUR, FREE

Lose your­self in the mys­ter­ies and his­to­ries of the world’s great cities with this su­perb walk­ing-tour au­dio app. De­tour tracks your lo­ca­tion to cue the au­dio, so it’s all hands-free and you can go at your own pace. In 10 cities so far.

MAPS.ME,FREE

Down­load free maps for any place in the world—even the top of the An­des— and use them when you don’t have an In­ter­net con­nec­tion. Bonus: Since it all hap­pens on your de­vice, zoom­ing and swip­ing is faster than with web maps.

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