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Essential Apps For Connected Travelers


The largest users of digital, millennials (ages 18 t 34) have become the largest generation still alive have surpassed baby boomers (ages 51 to 69). There are now 75.4 million app wielding millennials coming our way. Below are a few of interest that offers an abundance of information for the traveler.

ChefsFeed-An enticing app for foodies because it is written by a large collection of well-regarded chefs who share their recommendations for restaurants throughout the US, Canada and London.

TheFork-Another valuable app for Europe bound travelers. TheFork points out the best restaurants and offers maps, reviews, sample menu items and even discounts coupons for many featured restaurants.

EatSmartGuides- This app for travelers help them identify local foods and beverages so they can decipher menus like a local. Akin to having your own menu translator sharing your chopsticks.

Foodspotting- Part foodie app, part inseat entertainment, Foodspotting features photos of favorite dishes at restaurants in every price range worldwide.

Spotted by Locals- This site offers guides to 55 European cities and 11 in North America curated by locals with the latest information on what is cool and trendy. The best spot for music, shopping, coffee and bars are included. the price of the app includes free updates for life.

TimeOut- Popular with those under 40, TimeOut is a comprehensive repository of things to do and see in cities around the world. It features everything from restaurants and bars to major attractions and events, Travelers to any city will be able to monitor everything going on around them. The app can even book restaurants and concerts.

Eventseeker- This lets you find the key festivals, art exhibits, foodie events and festivals.

Fairfly- Not well known, Fairfly is a fare tracker that follows up when airlines lower the price of the tickets you've booked.

Hopper- Good for air fare searches because it has a great interface, and it has the ability to forecast when the ticket should be purchased via push notifications. For this reason, this is a cool app to download for air searches.

Google translate- This is a rather obvious inclusion. This apps allow you to speak into your phone and have your words instantly translated to the local language. but what is really cool is that this app no longer requires phone service.

ICE (In Case Of Emergency) ICE records details about your personal medical conditions along with your doctor's contact and insurance information, which it stores for translation in 10 languages. Best of all, it can be accessed in an emergency even if your phone is locked. a nice precaution for those with a pre-existing condition.

LiveTrekker- This app can create an entire digital journal of one's travels using a red line to trace the exact route. It monitors speed and altitude, and users can add photos, videos and audio enroute, returning home with a multimedia journal that can be shared with friends. You may have a learning curve with this app.

Skiplagged- This one is for airline geeks who love deals. This site is adept at finding so called (hidden cities) tickets that will allow stopovers, usually at a lower cost than nonstop flights.

SeatAlerts- This valuable app monitors the available seats on a flight up until its departure from the gate. It is particularly valuable for last-minute cancellations or when no-shows open up better seat availability.

SeatGuru- More than just an app, this one is an essential tool. Never end up in a undesirable seat when you use the seat charts on this powerhouse site. every aircraft type on every major airline in the world is included.

GateGuru- While not quite as good as having your travel personally monitored by one of the better flight tracking services, Gateguru is a great guide to local airport food along your route, amenities in our terminal, weather and the latest gate and departure information. It also show you nearest alternate airports, just in case.

Wolframsunexposure- This is an app that will really impress those headed for sun destinations. You enter your skin type, and the app tells you how long you can safely stay in the sun before getting burned. It is based on where you are and the time of day, even taking into account the types of skin creams you are using.

LOLA- Some say this is the future: the merging of artificial intelligence and an actual human who knows travel planning. You simply tell the app what you need after first giving LOLA enough information about your personal preferences to enable the computer to make the best possible decisions on your behalf.

Check out these travel apps and have a great trip!

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