Traveling for the holidays? Heading somewhere next Summer or this Spring Break? Why not take a look at some of the Apps that will be a traveler's best friend when driving down the long US roads or landing in a city you're totally unfamiliar with? Then some of these Apps may be for you.
Let's look at some of our favorite travel helpers of 2010:
1) Co-Pilot ($4.99)
Nobody wants to get lost while traveling, and CoPilot is the App that will help you with that. It's one of our favorite in this category because not only is it better than the stock Maps App that comes with the iPhone, but it's very reasonably priced compared to the competition.
2) Urbanspoon (free)
Urbanspoon is the App that lets you find all the awesome eats in your area. In fact, this one is cool for anytime, whether or not you're traveling. One of our favorite features is called "Shake." You choose an area (such as the town you're in, or a neighboring town), choose a type of food (burgers, Italian, Greek, Japanese, you name it) and a price range ($ – $$$$) and shake. It will find local places that match your cravings. Ours is almost permanently stuck on burgers.
3) Where (free)
Where for iPhone is another great App for finding things nearby. Of course there are food and drink (Or the alcoholic variety) categories, but this App also features info on your location as well as locations and prices of gas nearby as well as ATM machines (which are both lifesavers for vacationers) and just about anything else a traveler may need to know on the spot.
4) Trip Advisor (free)
The popular website Trip Advisor now available as an App. It will help you find hotels, restaurants, flights and activities all within the App. The best part is that they are all user-reviewed, so you can count on getting a wide range of opinions on which hotels may be worth staying at.
5) The Weather Channel Max ($3.99)
The Weather Channel Max costs a little more than the standard App. Okay, it's $3.99 more than the standard App, but we have enjoyed the use we get out of it. It's important to know what the weather is like where you're going, what it's going to be like and what to expect. This is a great traveler's companion whether flying, driving or hiking, know what the conditions around you will be.
Vacations Can be Pretty Stressful, Too
We all love vacations, and we all need to take them. That's not to say they can't be stressful in their own way: planning, budgeting, figuring out hotel reservations, weather conditions getting through the air port. It's all pretty rough sometimes. Luckily, there are Apps to help us out with all those little things. We hope that some of these Apps can be useful for those who travel this year. We know they have been for us.