Let’s face it…one of the main reasons we choose to go carry-on (or try to) is because we don’t want to lose our luggage. But needs must resulting in checked luggage. Nothing brings as much relief as seeing your luggage heading towards you on the carousel. And there’s the grief when it does not. Despite all the systems in place, luggage goes astray, but you can now ensure a faster return with Lugloc’s geo-tracking system.
Who really likes to pack? I certainly don’t. No matter how much (or little) planning I ut into the packing process, I usually take far too many clothes, I always forget something crucial and I seldom leave room for tempting purchases on my travels.Explore
If you’re traveling through multiple time zones in a short period, it can be a little tricky to keep track of the time. When I was going through the Northwest Passage, we zigged and zagged through different time zones, back and forth; even my iPhone couldn’t keep up. Explore
Using public transportation opens up the real personality of the place you’re visiting, and Citymapper is the premiere app to help you navigate that sometimes overwhelming world. Complete with transit maps for buses, trams, and subway systems, Citymapper provides real-time departure times and disruption alerts as well as bike routing and bike share info. It can even integrate with Uber, if you give up and want to get a car. Explore
There are so many travel apps to choose from and no one wants to clog up their smartphone or tablet with too many icons of unused apps. I have chosen the top FREE apps to make your travel easier whether its planning a layover, getting help with public transportation or getting the most out of a road trip. I have sorted through the fluff to bring you my top 5! In this issue, we featuring the ones to help you navigate the airports.Explore
With over 30 days of summer left to make more summer memories, spending as much time as possible at a good beach is a great time to spend those last precious days. Recently I was at different beaches three days in a row, but I really wish I had used the Swim Guide app before I swam at one of them because everyone in the family developed swimmer’s itch right after our dip.
The Swim Guide does everything except what to pack for your picnic lunch at the beach.Explore
Schedule a Pick-up Ahead of Time
Uber now offers an on-time scheduled pickup guarantee that allows you to book a ride up to 30 days in advance. To book in advance, reserve a 10-minute window within which you want your pick-up. You can schedule the arrival time anywhere between 30 minutes and 30 days ahead.Explore
I recently rented a character-filled apartment for four nights in York, England in a fabulous location, filled with essentials already stocked for my arrival, and all the comforts of home . I could walk most places without using the rental car and hotels in the area were not only booked up, but quite costly. Without airbnb, how would I have found the fashionable flat? Their new app emphasizes that Airbnb is a household name. The app undercuts hotels by offering far cheaper prices and a more authentic experience by allowing travellers to stay with a local or rent from a local.Explore
Most travelers complain about congested airports and delayed flights, but my biggest travel frustration is packing. I have the tendency to overpack with unnecessary items and forget the important things. I’ve learned the hard way that having to buy new walking boots every time I travel really adds up. A frequent-flying friend of mine suggested I make a list on my phone to remind me. But, I’ve since found something better – an app called PackPoint.Explore
While it’s certainly not the best-looking app ever made, XE currency is one of the more robust currency converters available. It’s available for download on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Firefox OS devices. The app allows you to keep track of live rates of every currency, and even works offline. You will have to download the conversion rate of every country you’ll be visiting before you leave, but once that’s done, you’re all set.