You can feel it. You know it’s coming. The grass looks a little greener, the sky looks a little bluer, and the god-awful pale white skin on your face is getting slightly less god-awfully pale. Summer’s around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about your summer vacation. While we all look forward to a nice vacation, planning one is always a pain.
The applications listed below will allow you to use your iPhone as both a vacation-planning-helper and a mini tour guide.
But before you start downloading these apps, recall one key power your iPhone possesses: it’s a video player! What’s better than watching some downloaded episodes of “The Office” while relaxing on the beach? Nothing.
This free application made by the online travel mega-site provides you with some crucial information about your flight, travel, and airport. Check out flight schedules, gates, times, security wait times, airport delays, weather advisories, and airline baggage fees. Browse hotels by searching or by using the location aware “Hotels Near Me” feature. Discover starting room rates, current day rates, hotel photos, traveler reviews, and even the ability to book the room. Also, the “My Trips” feature allows you to view your current and past trip itineraries.
FlightTrack – Live Flight Status Tracker
FlightTrack is the ultimate flight-related application for the iPhone, and a must for any semi-frequent flyer. The application allows you to track flights worldwide, view live flight maps with weather radar, check gate numbers, check cancellations, check delays, see aircraft type, see aircraft speed, see aircraft altitude, tap to detailed flight status emails, save future flight itineraries, and shake to track a random flight (for those really obsessed with flying.)
Hotels.com for iPhone
Search, browse and book hotel rooms. Search by current location, city, airport, landmark, or address. Sort by price, guest rating, star rating, or name. View photos, descriptions, and reviews. Quick and easy.
PackingPro is the ultimate “packing-tracking” application. The app provides unlimited packing lists, a completely customizable master catalog, several sample lists, ideas and suggestions (based on temperature and gender), hundreds of items to enable quick list generation, extensive pre-departure to-do list, detail records, ability to checkmark items, a running count of items, and more.
The app provides an automated expert packing list based on the number of adult males, the number of adult females, the number of children, the number of days, the temperature, and the destination. The user interface is entirely customizable.
If you hate packing, this app will certainly save you time.
This application does what the title promises – provides a detailed surf report. Discover the surf conditions for tons of beaches, learn about optimal conditions, find new beaches, get involved in the surfer community, watch surf videos, get surf related news, learn about pros, and see photos.
Holiday and Vacation Calendar
This helpful calendar program highlights all official holidays (based on state/country) and user defined holidays (like birthdays) and color codes them, so you can get a sense of the year ahead of time in order to plan a timely vacation.
Perfect to find those wonderful long weekends.
Urbanspoon is a famous application that helps you find a place to eat near you based on cuisine and price.
Zagat To Go ’09
Zagat is a famous and trusted restaurant guide. This application provides over 40,000 Zagat Ratings & Reviews of international restaurants on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Also includes nightlife, hotels, and shopping areas.
Find nearby places based on your current location, search by any and all criteria, make instant reservations, access top rated lists, and sort by cuisine, decor, price, and score.
This app is perfect to get you in the mood for a summer vacation. Bikini Blast features more than 700 sexy bikini photos and adds new photos daily. Enough said.
If you’re planning to start working on that beach bod, it’s better late than never. This application provides a comprehensive exercise database in the palm of your hand that keeps you training properly. There are over 160 unique exercises with clear images of people doing them along with full text instructions. iFitness also allows you to log all your workouts.