In 2017, there are no more and no fewer topics to discuss when it comes to travel. We all want to decrease wait times and costs, while increasing comfort, fun, safety, and flexibility. That’s a tall order requiring time, commitment and research. It’s no wonder developers are hard at work to help solve this dilemma with just the right app – In fact, there are an estimated 80,000 travel apps on iTunes alone!
As consumers look to simplify their travel experiences, having to vet tens of thousands of apps to make life easier doesn’t seem so easy. So, how does one separate the wheat from the chaff? We asked app expert, Tiernan Quinn, founder and CEO of appPicker.com, the leading indie iOS app blog on the web.
According to Quinn, there’s so much more than counting downloads when it comes to identifying a truly unique app that fulfills its promise and fills a niche that no one else has conquered. “We get under the hood, and manually test and explore new apps on a daily basis so we can provide a true testament to the app’s performance – which many times is not reflected in an iTunes rating,” says Quinn.
WATCH our video interview with Tiernan Quinn, founder and CEO, appPicker.com
Adding to appPicker’s list, we’ve come up with a few other appetizers to snack on that promise to make your travels more bearable – and who knows, maybe even fabulous!
Skip the Line!
Don’t wait in line at top attractions or museums like the Eiffel Tower, Vatican, or the Louvre. Many of the world’s most popular monuments now offer fast-track tickets that let you skip the line and head straight in, leaving you more time to enjoy the experience. You can compare multiple skip-the-line options easily at PlacePass.com.
Fly Away – Fearlessly
SkyGuru app is designed for the vast international community of air travelers who experience anxiety while flying. It is the brainchild of Alex Gervash, a professional pilot and founder of the Fearless Flying research and treatment center. SkyGuru is the first app that merges mobile technology and professional aviation data to analyze and make predictions on flight processes, guiding passengers through the more anxiety-provoking moments in real time. SkyGuru users have already navigated more than 3,600 flights in over 60 countries around the world.
What’s Fare is Fare
There are more than 100,000 flights each day, and airfares change by the minute. Fareness.com will show round trip fares across 190+ departure dates and many trip lengths to global destinations with one fraction of a second search. Users are shown the soonest/cheapest flight options on a scrollable calendar. iOS app users can download the app here.
You’re Speaking My Language
When it comes to international travel, and booking great accommodation, in particular, it’s an advantage to speak the language of the country you are flying to. Have you tried Lingviny? Ok, the name doesn’t roll off the tongue, but this cool Chrome extension integrates with your Gmail and helps you write emails in any language with the help of professional translators.
Travel Procrastinators – There’s an App for that
The Last Minute Travel Deals app promises to deliver substantial savings even to last minute Louie’s. The app enables travelers to book and save up to 60% on everything from hotels and flights, to car rentals, vacation homes, activities, and transfers, regardless of where you are in the world – either well in advance or the day-of travel.
House, Hut or Hotel?
Travelers who are just looking at hotels are missing out. There are a ton of non-hotel options, such as Airbnb, Couchsurfing, vacation homes, and hostels, so if travelers don’t use a site like AllTheRooms they will miss out on a huge swath of potentially perfect options. And if you’re up to roughing it a bit, here are some sites that allow travelers to stay for free with locals — often the best way to experience a foreign culture.