With only a few days until I’m off to the beautiful island of Jamaica, I’ve been updating my favorite travel apps and importing my trip itinerary. As a fan of technology I love using apps to stay organized, set reminders, and learn what’s around me in the places that I visit. So, just what apps do I use?
The ultimate trip organizing app that is tried and true, Trip It. It provides a convenient tool to organize all of your confirmation numbers, itineraries, etc. for your travels. Simply forward your hotel, airline, car rental and restaurant confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will create an instant itinerary for you! You can get directions, maps and weather for each destination, sync your plans with your online calendar and share what you want via social media. I’ve used this app for several years as my back-up to paper documents and absolutely love it. It also syncs nicely with the online version and stores the info on your device so you don’t have to be online to access it.
This free app is helpful not only when I’m traveling, but also around my own town. If you’re looking for the best spot for pancakes near your hotel, just do a quick search and Yelp! gives you the 411 with reviews, price range, links to the menu and website. You can find whatever you need that’s near you, from restaurants to bars to shopping, even automotive service! Businesses are reviewed by other Yelp! users, so you can see what others like you think. You can even create your own reviews. Nearby businesses are in list or map view. This is a very handy app to help you find local favorites while looking for something to do on vacation.
If you’re like me wi-fi access is a necessity, much like food, water, & shelter. Even while I’m away I need to stay in touch with family & clients, and of course make the occasional Facebook update too. Luckily, Sandals has just added free Wi-Fi to it’s list of inclusions at all of its resorts! In addition, they have a free Sandals Voice App that allows you to make free calls to the US and Canada from anywhere on their resorts. If you’re not at a Sandals resort, The WiFi Map is a free app that conveniently displays the closest wi-fi spots to your location, both free and paid. This app is a must for me!
When your destination doesn’t use the same currency as us, it’s critical to have a handle on the exchange rates, that’s why I love the free app, XE Currency. This app has every world currency, and offers live proprietary currency rates, charts, and even stores the last updated rates, so it works when the Internet doesn’t. All you need to do is enter your amount in US dollars and the exchange is automatically calculated. You can even pin your base currency to the top so it’s always there. Easy peasy!
The newest one on my list, and I’ll be trying it out for the first time on this trip. Postagram is a free app that allows you to use pictures from your camera roll, Facebook page, or Instagram to send customized digital AND printed postcards. Although I am addicted to technology and all things digital, there is definitely still a nostalgic side of me and still enjoy sending postcards while I’m traveling. Especially since I’m traveling sans children on this trip I’m really looking forward to sending a few of these to my kiddos (and maybe even a few clients) back home.
Yay, for technology and all of the efficiency and convenience it brings. These apps can definitely help make your honeymoon or destination wedding traveling a little less stressful and more enjoyable.
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