In the midst of planning a vacation for the near-future? You lucky person, you. There are plenty of apps keen to help people along their way, but I take a look at four of my favorites for taking some of the effort out of the experience. In exchange, all I ask is to be able to sneak into someone's suitcase for the trip. No? OK then, just enjoy the read instead then!
Aiming to be the Swiss Army Knife of travel organization, TripDeck is an itinerary planner, allowing users to manage their hotel reservations, car rentals, flights, cruises, restaurants and meetings, all in one place. Early access is offered for details such as check-in times and baggage claim information, amongst many other things. Plenty of contact numbers and maps are easily accessible too, for the easily worried. Best of all, for those travelling with others, it's easy to share all this information.
Packing is often a much bigger task than anyone anticipates, especially if there are children or other dependents that need to be organized. Suitcases is one handy app for such a task. It's a very simple list based app, dividing items into categories right down to reminders of things to do before leaving, as well as the all important stuff that needs to be packed. Being able to split suitcases up according to the type of trip proves particularly useful for regular visits.
The other ideal packing app is a little more expensive but it's also more featured packed, encouraging users to figure out what they need by asking them a series of questions. A customized packing list is offered once some answers have been supplied, giving users a great starting point for what they need to do next. It's just as easy to add extra information, too.
Whether you've made it to your destination or you're still figuring out where to go, Triposo is a handy app to consult. It offers a series of free travel guides to many different cities and countries. There's an overview map for the country, along with detailed information for major cities, useful phrases, and even a currency convertor. It's a great starting point for ideas of where to visit, places to dine at and places to stay.