Traveling to new, interesting, or exciting places like Alaska should be fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. But we all know that travel, even when it is for vacation, can be stressful. From airports and flight delays to navigating in an unfamiliar city, vacations can cause more tension and stress than they reduce. Fortunately, there are some great apps available for your smart phone that can help ease some of the tension points and help you get the rest and relaxation or thrills and excitement you are hoping for. Just make sure you are using your smart phone to enhance your vacation without letting it keep you plugged into work back home.
Here are some of the best apps that domestic travelers can use to mitigate problems and reduce stress so that you can get the most out of your vacation.
Providing access to the functionality from Kayak.com, this app makes it simple to make your travel arrangements. You can book flights and reserve rooms with easy to use slider controls. By bringing together information from a wide range of travel sites, Kayak saves you the time and frustration caused by having to navigate through multiple sites to find the best price. The app is a free to download for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows devices.
Similar to Kayak, the TripAdvisor app makes it quick and easy to access the travel related information provided on the TripAdvisor.com site through your smart phone. From the app you can find information on flights, hotels, restaurants, hot spots, and points of interest for your destination location. You can also make dinner reservations, access the reviews posted by other visitors, and post your own reviews of the places you went. This app is helpful while planning your trip from home, while traveling, and during your stay and is free to download for Android, iPhone, iPad, Palm, and Windows devices.
TripIt helps you manage all your vacation information in one place. You can keep your entire travel itinerary including dinner reservations in this app and even export specific events and information to your online calendar. It is free to download for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad devices.
It always seems that no matter how carefully you pack, you always forget something when you go on vacation. This app aims to help you avoid that. It enables you to create packing lists from templates or to start from scratch and create your own custom list. It provides you with preset reminders related to packing so you won’t arrive in Alaska without your warm socks. It can be downloaded for the iPhone and iPad for a fee.
This app provides you with all the information you need from the time you leave your house until you land in Alaska. It offers updated flight time, terminal, and gate information. It enables you to access a map of the airport terminals and information on everything from leg room to amenities offered on your flight. It can be downloaded for a fee and is available for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad devices.