No doubt travel is one hundred times easier thanks to our smartphones. The world is now at our fingertips, making staying in touch with loved ones while on the road cheaper and easier. New travel apps make it easier to get from point A to point B, while other apps help forecast the weather, or even find fun and educational activities at your destination. Here are five new must-have apps to download for your 2015 travels.
Poncho is a brand-new, free weather service that offers free, personalized weather forecasts with quick useful info– not just numbers– to prep you for the day ahead. Rain? Poncho reminds you to grab an umbrella. Polar vortex? Better wear layers. Humid? Summon the cream rinse and gel. Poncho is basically your most dependable travel companion.
2. Mommy Nearest
Vacationing somewhere new with their kids this year? Mommy Nearest is the perfect, free travel app for parents looking to find the best kid-friendly activities, events, restaurants, shops and more in whatever city you’re visiting. This app also combines a geo-locator to find the best “things to do” based on your location as well as real-time reviews from parents. Local editions are currently available in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago (with additional markets rolling out this year), Mommy Nearest features over 30,000 original ratings and reviews of more than 60,000 kid friendly places nationwide to make it incredibly easy for parents to make informed decisions on where to take the kids while on the go.
3. Field Trip
Remember how fun school field trips were as a kid? With the Field Trip app, you can set off on a fun excursion of your own. This interesting app will locate you on the globe and alert you to historical sites, galleries, attractions, bars, restaurants and much more. You choose how often you want to receive updates. I find the event and festival suggestions the most useful. And since the app pulls from a number of sources, including Zagat and Thrillist, you’ll receive a wide range of recommendations from knowledgeable sources.
Tripnary is an exciting new app that helps you create your travel bucket list and compare airfares to every destination on the list in one tap, discover trending places and save the ones you love, and add landmarks, restaurants, little-known gems, or even cities to your list. When you travel, everything you need — your bucket list organized in a map, useful information, address — is at your fingertips.
Remember what a treat it was to receive a postcard in the mail from a traveling family member or friend? With Postagram, you can send personalized photos and messages from your travel destination with just a few taps of your fingers. Your sendee will receive an actual postcard, with prices starting at $0.99 a piece (postage is included).