Even if you’re trying to unplug on your trip, there’s always a reason to make an exception. These apps help take the hassle out of the journey, alert you to local haunts, and can even save you money.
We know there are a zillion travel apps to choose from and—surprisingly—no app to help you do the choosing. This is where a little crowdsourcing came in: We asked our Kimpton fans on Twitter and Facebook to share which travel apps they can’t live without. Out of countless guides, navigational tools, search engines, and organizational resources, many of you were raving about these six:
Your time at the airport can fly by when you use FLIO, which has guides to more than 200 airports around the world. There are no more wild guesses on which airport sushi you can trust, or where you can get in a last minute phone charge before boarding. The app gives you reviews and maps of restaurants, bathrooms, power outlet locationsand various ground transport options. Plus, FLIO automatically connects you with the airport’s official WiFi (a cybersecurity plus!), and even provides discounts at airport vendors like lounges and duty-free shops.
Like a travel agent in your pocket, this organizational app keeps all of your online ressies in one place. Just forward your email flight confirmations, restaurant and hotel reservationsand more; TripIt pulls it all together into a complete itinerary for each of your trips and alerts you in real time to any schedule changes. As TripIt puts it: It’s “automagical!” If you love perks, (and we know most Kimpton Karma* members do), you can upgrade your TripIt subscription for an annual fee of $49. The upgraded app shows you alternate flights, open seat availabilities, and tracks your reward-program points and miles in one spot. (An ad-free version of the app is also available for just $.99.)
Whether you’re navigating a long-haul flight from Finland to Bora Bora, or a quick jaunt from Sedona to Portland, Rome2rio’s search engine will tell you how to get there, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. Planes, trains and automobiles is an understatement, this app gives you flight, train, bus, ferry, mass transit, driving, and combination options to help you find something within your budget and schedule. Though Rome2rio is not yet available on Android, the website is optimized for phone and tablet use.
You always take the fastest route from point A to point B at home, so why take the road most traveled (AKA the one with the heaviest traffic) on a trip? Navigation app Waze gives you real-time traffic updates and direction input from fellow commuters that will help you discover the locals’ secret routes.
Afar magazine is a go-to publication for travel tastemaker insight, so it’s only natural that its app follows suit. Full of insider tips—including city essentials, perfect day guides, 3-day itineraries, and more—the app helps you craft a spetacularly ly hip trip in more than 100 cities around the world. Next time you’re heading to a Kimpton destination, create a travel plan that you can access on the app—even when you’re offline—and share your experiences and photos with others.
Ready for a road trip? You’re not until you download this roadside attraction app. Map out sightseeing detours from more than 12,000 featured attractions and oddities in the United States and Canada. A Roadside America purchase includes a guide for one of seven regions in the United States and Canada; access to other regions can be purchased in app for $1.99, or as a full bundle for $5.99.
— Caila Ball-Dionne
Calia Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at CaliaBall.com
*UPDATE: Kimpton Karma became a part of the award-winning IHG Rewards Club program in 2018. Learn more here.