Summer is in full swing and that often means planning and taking a vacation. Next Monday, July 24 the library will be hosting its annual Summer HSL Info Expo and the session will be all about travel, including our popular “Apps & Gadgets” segment. Today we’re bringing you 5 fun and helpful apps to help you have the best summer trip/weekend getaway/international adventure ever!
Many of us have experienced the boredom of a very, very long layover. Instead of wasting time squirming in an uncomfortable airport terminal chair, check out the Dayuse.com app to book a hotel room for a few hours. Take a nap, freshen up, take a shower, or just relax. The app offers users hotel rooms for up to 75% off regular rates at thousands of hotel rooms around the world.
Google is once again making all of our lives easier, this time with its comprehensive travel app. Google Trips gathers your travel reservations from your Gmail account and organizes them into trips containing suggestions for day trips, things to do, places to eat and drink, and more. You can also see your flight, hotel, car rental, and restaurant reservations all in the app. The best part? All content is available offline so you don’t need to rely on Wi-Fi availability to get your travel info.
Wego searches hundreds of travel sites to find you the best hotel rates and airfares – see the lowest rates in real time. Great for last minute trips when you need to book quickly but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg.
Are you list-maker? This packing app lets you quickly build lists of things you need to remember to take on your trip. Use one of their many sample lists, or create your own custom lists based on number of adults, number of males and females, number of kids, and how many days you’ll be away. You can also customize based on weather, destination, and so much more.
$2.99 for iOS
Nervous about taking public transportation in a new city? Citymapper takes out the guess work by giving you real-time subway, bus, train, and ferry info. The app tells you exactly how long it will take to get from point A to point B using any of the transit methods above, and even by ride-sharing. Citymapper has information for many destinations inside and outside of North America, including Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia.
We wish you safe and happy travels this summer! Bon voyage!