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8 apps to help you take the stress out of holiday travel

Florence Ion | Dec. 18, 2015
Traveling during the holidays—or any time, really—is stressful enough. Here are some apps that can help.

PackPoint

I tend to start my packing list weeks before I even pull the suitcase out of storage. I need to know what kind of clothing to pack, whether it matches along with the shoes I’m bringing, and if I’ll need to pack more than one heavy jacket. All of this will eventually determine which size suitcase I bring with me on a trip. Yes, I am that meticulous about packing.

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Can’t figure out what to pack for a trip? PackPoint can help you get started.

This is why I’m particularly keen on PackPoint (Free). It asks you about your trip and the activities you plan to pack for, and whether you’ll be able to do laundry. PackPoint then offers a comprehensive packing list of what you need to bring along, as well as what the weather forecast will be like when you travel. It’s really quite helpful. If you need additional functionality, including TripIt integration, you can pay $2.99 to unlock those features.

TouristEye

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TouristEye can help you make itineraries for far away places. 

When I’m visiting family or friends around the country or overseas, I like to figure out what there is to do in the area. TouristEye (Free), developed by the travel experts at Lonely Planet, helps you plan an itinerary for the day. It’s helped me find things like obscure museums to visit in Minnesota and the best hiking locales in Mendocino County. You can also save your itinerary for offline viewing, or use the Nearby function to find fun, touristy things using your current location. 

FourSquare

FourSquare (Free) used to be the social app for “checking in” and bragging to your friends about all the cool restaurants you were eating at. But the company moved all that stuff to Swarm, turning Foursquare into a crowdsourced "find places to go" app.

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FourSquare used to be a bustling social network, but now it’s particularly useful for finding new places to drink and dine.

I like to use FourSquare to find places to eat or a yoga studio where I can practice when I’m on the road. I found that it works a bit better than Yelp because I don’t have to wade through poorly written reviews and rants to figure out whether a place is worth patronizing, and FourSquare typically has more users overseas. It's also got a nice design and great search, filter, and location-aware features.

SeatGuru

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SeatGuru can help you find an affordable flight and get a good seat.

 

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