From avoiding hotel bedbugs to communicating in a foreign language, smartphones can help us travel smarter than ever. And since nTelos Wireless customers have nationwide coverage, there’s no reason to find yourself disconnected on this year’s family vacation.
TripAdvisor: Don’t waste time wandering around an unfamiliar city looking for something to do or a place to eat. Be in the know ahead of time and plan your trip with TripAdvisor. This app allows you to browse through millions of traveler reviews, candid photos, and maps to find the best places just for you.
TripIt: No more searching your inbox for reservations, directions or your itinerary. Keep everything organized and within touch with TripIt. Just forward all your travel confirmation emails to TripIt and they do the rest (and if you have Gmail, it happens automatically). When destination day arrives, all your travel plans are in one spot with separate itineraries.
Other TripIt features include added or editing plans right from the app, sharing your trip with family and colleagues, checking daily weather forecasts, providing directions and maps for each destination, and syncing all your trip plans with your calendar. It’s the best travel app for frequent travelers…or really anyone who likes to travel worry-free.
Jibbigo: For international travelers, another “Travel Smarter” app not to be missed is Jibbigo. One of Travel & Leisure’s ‘Top Travel Apps, Jibbigo is a self-contained speech-to-speech translation app for your iPhone or Android device.
You speak into your phone in one language, and the app returns the translation in the other. Simple as that! No data or phone connection is required. It’s available in 9 different language pairs on iTunes and Google Play.
Bed Bug Registry: Headed for a hotel you’ve never visited before? Better make sure the bedbugs won’t bite…
Let’s face it- no one wants to stay at a hotel with a reputation for having bedbugs, but how can you tell what the accommodations will really be like before you drive into the parking lot for your late check-in? That’s why the Bed Bug Registry app is a priority when traveling.
This free iPhone app contains a public database of user-submitted bedbug reports from hotels and apartment buildings across North America. Search for bedbug reports by location when apartment hunting or planning your next trip. Or submit your own report if (knock on wood!) you come across them yourself in your travels.
Next Flight: Miss your flight? Want to leave early? This app can help you find another. The Next Flight app lists all upcoming direct flights between two airports for the current day and following day. Works with over 4,200 airports worldwide and 1,200 airlines.
AccuWeather: The weather dictates your suitcase and itinerary, so you need the most accurate forecast before your trip, while traveling and during your visit. AccuWeather is a f ull-featured meteorological app providing detailed and localized weather for more than 2.7 million locations. It also delivers hourly forecasts, interactive Google maps, weather alerts, and radar maps. Plus, enjoy fun features to make your travels a little more informed like “Hair Frizz Risk: High” or “Golf Forecast: Excellent.”
For other great travel apps, check out Daily Tekk’s article Travel Smarter: Over 100 Top Websites and Apps for Your Next Trip.
Are you planning a summer vacation? Where to? Share your favorite “Travel Smarter” apps with us!