Whether you travel weekly on business or occasionally for vacation, there are applications out there to help you navigate an unfamiliar airport, locate a Starbucks, or find your way through the London Underground (among others).
Below are the some of the top rated apps for travel (in no particular order):
Tripit (free): Tripit is free, which is a bonus, but the best thing about it is that it organizes and categorizes your ravel documents into one file on your iPhone. Simply forward your confirmation emails to your Tripit account; the program stores your files in a master itinerary, which you can then forward to friends and family or share over Linkedin and Tripit – an added bonus if you need to let someone know of your plans.
Yelp (free): Yelp’s website alone reaches over 5 million people a month, and the app is free. Yelp provides reviews of local places – from restaurants to dry cleaners to grocery stores – and it categorizes based on “active life,” “night life,” and “shopping.” Users can log in to Yelp and write reviews as well – the more reviews you write, the more credible you become. Use Yelp to find a grocery store, a local coffee shop, or whatever else you might need during your trip.
Zagat guide ($9.99). Although many reviews for the Zagat guide are negative – mostly due to crashing and a failure to store information on the device itself – the usefulness of the Zagat can’t be overlooked: you can view restaurants, read their review and book a table.
20/20 ($.99): Traveling to a foreign country? This app gives you the 20 most used phrases in 20 different languages – essential for students, backpackers and the occasional tourist.
New York Subway ($.99) (and London Tube ($.99) and Metro Paris Subway ($.99)). Apps like these give you an overall subway map and allow you to enter your starting point and destination for a route. The apps also let you know the status of the different lines, so you’ll know if you might be delayed.
FlightTrack ($4.99): New York Times called this app “brilliant” and it’s easy to see why: the app tracks your flights – without needing to enter them multiple times – and provides information about weather and gates and gives you the ability to call the airlines from within the app.
There are obviously many more apps that can help you travel, and it’s easy to search for them. Apps like Southwest and American Airlines allow you to check in to your flight, check your flight status and monitor delays, while apps like OpenTable give you a chance to make dinner reservations on the go.