The Mobile Phone as a Travel Tool

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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According to Pew Research*, as of October 2014, 90% of American adults own a cell phone. So how can you make supporting your travelers easier and their journeys proceed more smoothly by leveraging this piece of equipment?

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel-related apps and a few other useful resources that you can share with your clients.

Travelers can use their mobile phones to:

  • Find their way around
  • Look for things to do
  • Keep track of travel plans
  • Make reservations (hotel, train, dinner, etc.)
  • Convert currency
  • Translation
  • Obtain digital versions of travel guides
  • Stay on top of transportation info
    • Skyscanner - looking up flights on the go
    • Airport Zoom- for looking up flight info and delays, but also terminal maps for more than 120 airports
    • SeatGuru- seating plans for more than 700 kinds of aircraft
    • FlightAware - flight tracker app
    • Download your specific airline’s app or Amtrak’s to keep abreast of your particular transportation itinerary
    • Download the State Highway Administration app for the state(s) you will be traveling in for detailed and real-time travel information
  • Keep digital versions of important travel documents
  • Make free phone calls in foreign locations
  • Send text messages without using any phone plan minutes
  • In addition, for many travelers, their phone is the only camera they carry. So access to resources to harness all of the power of the phone camera can be very helpful.

  • Snapseed- to quickly and easily edit photos in phone
  • Camera+- app for making the most of the camera settings

What other cell phone apps do you recommend?

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