Each year brings with it new apps to help with the seasons’ festivities. They help you check on the elements that can make or break a good holiday. Many apps are iOS only; others work for iPhone and Android.
Now that summer has come, it’s a popular time for camping and beaches. All trips have a note of uncertainty to them. What’s the temperature going to be at my destination? Will I be able to find my destination, or should I go to Google Maps?Read More »
1 – The Weather Channel App
For a good forecast app that’s available on both Android and iOS, this app might seem the most obvious…indeed, the most straightforward. It offers all the data you need to prepare for the drive ahead on an hourly basis, including temperature and wind. It even has an extended 10-day forecast, so you’ll know what’s coming.
This free app also includes the ability to share information on social media, so your friends and family can also know what they are expecting.
2 – TripIt
Keeping track of all your documents, such as tickets and itineraries, can be difficult. TripIt organizes your itineraries into a free document that you can print out for each trip. You can access it anywhere you are on your journey, even without Internet connection.
If you buy their premium version, you get features such as real-time flight alerts and refund notifications, so you can rest easy about traveling. TripIt works for iOS and Android.
3 – Best Last-Minute Hotel Deals: HotelTonight
Sometimes you have a long layover before your connecting flight, and you could really use a bed to sleep in for a few hours before you board your next plane. It’s not always easy to find a hotel willing to let you in at the last minute.
HotelTonight will find a place for you to take a much-needed nap. It’ll find a place near your location, customizing your search to fit your budget. You won’t have to sleep it out in the airport again.
4 – YouTube
Even if you already have YouTube, its constant updates and clean interface make it a must-have for any year. You can find music or movies with a quick search, and this search will fill in the hours-long drive from your home to your destination.
5 – Crunchyroll
Anime fans, you might have a hard time getting off this app. With tons of series to feed your obsession, you’ll be binge-watching your new favorite show for hours. It streams in the latest episodes one hour after they’re released in Japan. You can start with a 14-day free trial, and then subscribe for &8 a month.
6 – Soundcloud
Everyone knows Spotify is great for music, but Soundcloud is a close second. Packed with songs you might not find anywhere else, you have more of a variety to fill in those hours of travel. You can also listen to podcasts.
Listening on Soundcloud is free, with the pro version mostly for artists themselves who want to upload their material.
7 – TikTok
Everybody seems to have TikTok nowadays. It is a social video app where you can create videos lip-syncing to songs or dancing. TikTok surpassed 1.5 billion downloads on the Google Play and Apple stores, which goes to show how many people use it.
8 – Instagram
The social photo app has maintained its popularity since its release. If you know the right hashtags to use, your photo could become viral. Everyone will see how cute your cat is, or learn about your latest recipe. There’s something for everyone in Instagram.
9 – Houseparty
In these troubled times when getting together with your friends is difficult, apps like Houseparty are thriving. It alerts you when your friends come online, and you can choose to join any ongoing calls or create your own. This is a great way to stay healthy while not missing out on your favorite people!
10 – WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a convenient instant messaging app that helps you keep in touch with your loved ones without making a video or getting on a camera. It’s not a new app, but remains popular as ever.
There are far more apps than these available for your device, but if you want to stay connected and travel well this summer, we suggest these. Technology gives us the advantages of knowing about the weather, watching our favorite shows, or talking to our friends live. This year, don’t miss out.