Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or something in between, getting around a new city can be difficult and frightening if you don’t have the right information. In today’s digital world, you have all of the information right there at your fingertips, especially if you’ve downloaded one of these 10 innovative apps that will help you get around. Best of all, each app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Do you love taking road trips (or have to take them for work)? If so, you can’t go another day without iExit. When you’re driving along a major interstate and you’re looking for a gas station, certain type of restaurant, welcome center, bathroom, hotel, hospital, drug store or any other place where you may need to make stop, you can simply pull up iExit and find it. The app breaks down each exit on most major interstates in the United States.
Google Maps has been around for years, but it still reigns supreme when it comes to getting around town. Find out what kind of public transportation is offered in the area, which points of interest are nearby and even how crowded those restaurants and shops you want to visit are at that exact moment. Get directions to your next destination, and find out how long it will take to get there via car, foot, public transit or bike.
Anyone traveling internationally will want to download the Mobile Passport app. Use your phone to scan your passport information, and you can skip the customs lines. While it’s authorized for use by US Customs, keep in mind that it’s only accepted at about 24 airports, and you must be an American or Canadian citizen, though those numbers are sure to grow.
No one really looks forward to a delayed flight, but if you find yourself enjoying a layover, FLIO can help you navigate the airport for everything you need to stay comfortable. Find out how to use the Wi-Fi, where the lounges are, what there is to eat in the area and how to get from place to place among other important information.
If you prefer driving over flying to your destination, GasBuddy can be your best friend. It’s available in the United States, Australia and Canada, and you can use the app to search for gas stations near your location and compare prices to find the cheapest gas in the vicinity.
For some people, there’s nothing worse than being stuck in an unfamiliar city and having to book a hotel at the last minute. For others, that’s part of the thrill of a road trip. No matter which side of the issue you fall on, HotelTonight helps you find same-day hotel reservations in the city where you’re staying, and those bookings usually come with some decent discounts.
You’re probably already familiar with Uber, but if you aren’t, the app is a must for your next travel date. The ridesharing service is available in over 84 countries and hundreds of cities around the globe. When you have no idea where you’re going, how to get there or you simply don’t want to navigate traffic in a new place, it’s a trusty standby you can rely on practically anywhere. It also comes in handy when you’ve had a bit too much to drink or those new shoes rubbed blisters on your feet and you can’t get back to your hotel.
Google Trips is a newer app, but it works seamlessly with apps like Google Maps, Gmail and Calendar to put together an itinerary for your next trip. It searches for information like flight details, hotel reservations and car rental receipts and provides you with a list of things you may like to do in the city you’re traveling to. You can also manually select a destination city, and let the app put together a list of things that might interest you there.
If you find yourself with a little downtime in a particular city, Sidekix can guide you towards something fun and exciting to do. From Amsterdam to Warsaw, with dozens in between, you can get a glimpse at some “best of” guides cities around the world. Looking for the best seafood restaurant in Boston or the best museum in Havana? You’ll find it on Sidekix.
No matter where you go, you have to eat, and finding the best place in town isn’t always easy. Yelp is an international tool filled with reviews of local restaurants in cities across the globe. It’s more useful in some countries than others, and within the United States, you’ll find more reviews for restaurants in bigger cities than you will the country, but you’ll get honest feedback on whether or not locals and other travelers recommend a place to eat.
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