Thanksgiving may have been over but another big holiday is coming up. People will be flying in and out of the city again to be with their loved ones and spend Christmas and New Year together. Inevitably, holiday cheers often comes with stressful planning, overcrowded airports, overpriced hotel rooms and horrible traffic jams that can drive anyone nuts. Thanks to technology, there are tons of travel apps now designed to help people survive holiday travels with their sanity intact. With apps, all the information you need is just a click away. Here are a few favorites.
HIPMUNK – A travel search site that shows all the relevant flight and hotel results in a visual timeline that makes it easier to understand. Flight results are automatically sort out by ‘agony’ which is a combination of price, flight duration and number of stopovers. On the other hand, hotel results are sort out by ‘ecstasy’ which is a combination of price, amenities offered and review ratings. Available in Iphone/Ipad and Android.
TRIPIT – It forwards travel information from your email such as flight numbers, confirmation codes, gate information and syncs it into one online master itinerary. It also automatically includes maps, directions and weather information about your destination. Available in Iphone/Ipad and Android.
GATEGURU– You won’t need to worry about being bored to death when you get stranded in the airport. GateGuru gives you a list of all the bars, restaurants and other amenities of the airport such as ATM machines and massage stations. It also comes with locations, photos and helpful reviews of past travelers regarding the service and quality of food. Available in Iphone/Ipad
GASBUDDY – With an unstoppable gas price hike, Gasbuddy is an extremely useful tool to save time and money. The app maps out the gas stations nearest you and provides with price information on each station. Available in Iphone/Ipad, Blackberry, Windows and Android.
YELP– An online city guide that gives you tons of option for restaurants, bars, shopping centers and the likes. Each listing comes with address, map, distance, price range and helpful reviews. Available in Iphone/Ipad, Blackberry, Windows and Android.
Technology is always a big help in many ways. Take advantage of it. Enjoy your holiday travel!