7 Apps For Your Holiday Travels

With the holidays just around the corner you may be starting to prepare for journeys near and far to visit family. When planning a trip with the whole crew in tow, being prepared is key to enjoying the time on the road.

From flight assistance to picking the best rest stops, knowing what’s ahead on your journey can help make a smooth and memorable time for the whole family. We’ve picked out the seven best apps for making your holiday travels as prepared as they can be.

1. TripCase

With both online and app access, TripCase helps organize your flight details, hotels, and other travel plans. Once details are uploaded into the app, you can share them with family and friends who need to know information about your travels. If you happen to book your trip through an affiliated travel agent, your details are pre-loaded into the app, but you can create your own itinerary just as easy.  

While organizing your travel arrangements TripCase also works as a travel journal, allowing you to save notes and details about the places you stop at along the way.

2. Waze

Road tripping for the holidays is stressful enough. When you happen upon a batch of bad traffic in an unfamiliar area, Waze can rescue you from becoming trapped in bumper to bumper traffic. Using little known short cuts and backstreets, Waze can get you out of traffic and back on the road in no time.

3. Time Out

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, finding the best things to do can be difficult without the help of a native. Time Out can help find dinner reservations, buy event tickets, and book access to other tourist activities. You can even use Time Out to explore your hometown, using the Discover section to find the best activities in town.

The app is an extension of the Time Out website, providing some of the best research and behind the scene tips for cities around the world.

4. Hotel Tonight

Planning to stay with your parents, but upon arriving, discover that your sister had the same plan? Instead of filling up an air mattress so you can crash on the living room floor, check out what is available on Hotel Tonight. Hotels list last minute deals, sometimes getting you the best hotel in town at a fraction of the cost.

5. BringFido

Dependent on how long you plan to be out of town, boarding your family pet might not be the best option. Hitting the road with man’s best friend means you need to find hotels, rest stops, and restaurants that can accommodate your four legged companion.

Bring Fido covers over 10,000 cities worldwide, showing all the best places for you to visit with your pet. You can also browse the full Bring Fido directory of recommendations on their website. 

6. SitOrSquat

Gas station bathrooms are the worst! This fun app, sponsored by Charmin, allows you to rank and rate bathrooms across the US. Save future road travelers from squatting by notating if a gas station on your travels is in dire need of attention.

You can even use SitOrSquat during a night on the town, gauging how bar or restaurant bathrooms may be before venturing to your next stop in the evening. 

7. Google Trips

Synced with your Google account, Google Trips offers access to your travel information and details even when internet service is not available. With GPS tracking connected to Google maps, you’ll never lose your way in a new town.

If you are visiting a place you’ve never been before, the section titled ‘Things to Do’ can help you create a custom plan for the entire time you are in town. Trip recommendations are curated and can be selected based on the amount of time you’ll be in town, or by picking a focus like museums or shopping.

No matter if holidays with your family are like National Lampoon or Home Alone, getting together is the best part of the journey. Travel apps help you along your travels, giving you more time for togetherness and making memories as a group.

Looking for more tips for traveling during the holidays? Check out our post about Baby’s First Road Trip.

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Anne Murlowski

Annie is a lifestyle blogger from the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. She lives just outside Denver with her husband Drew and their Corgi Rogue. Offline she works as a marketing manager specializing in digital marketing and social media. You can find Annie, and her passion for all things Colorado, DIY, Cooking and Decor at RockyMtnBliss. or on Twitter at @RockyMtnBliss.

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