Traveling can be a frustrating grind and—if things go awry when you’re somewhere far from home—it can feel a little isolating. While the best travel days can be life changing, the worst-case scenarios can be spirit crushing.
With that in mind, we put together some of our favorite travel apps for dulling the pain, simplifying the process, keeping you protected, and freeing up more time to just focus on enjoying the destination.
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This is your first line of defense against overpacking. You input your destination, duration of stay, and any activities on your itinerary. From there, PackPoint will check the weather and give you advice on what to bring for those conditions. Once you get into the rhythm of using it for travel, it’s indispensable.
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We can’t predict the future, but Hopper does a good job of it, estimating when flights will (and won’t) be cheaper. It nails the right time of year to purchase tickets so you save the most amount of money possible.
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This amazing Gmail integration bundles reservations for flights, hotels, dinner, and everything else, and creates your custom itinerary with easily accessible information on and offline. It’s a must for anyone who lives or dies by their Gmail account (and also forgets what time they booked a table the first night on vacation).
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If you’re planning to use public wifi, you need a VPN to help secure your data and identity. Protecting your data is particularly important in airports, public spaces, train stations, and the like, especially in countries with less than perfect freedom of speech records. Opera is one of the best recommended VPNs for mobile users, is easy to use, and offers some premium services with a subscription.
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For people who spend more time in airports than they do at home, LoungeBuddy is a savior. It offers the best deals and reviews on day passes to lounges in cities all over the world, so you can find a real chair to stretch out in for a few hours, eat some decent food, or take a shower, rather than torture your back on a plastic bench.
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