Preparing for holiday travel is often one of the most stressful activities of the season. With bags to pack, airport transportation to plan and TSA-approved pies to bake, the run-up to celebrations is its own kind of marathon.
Luckily technology is here to help. A variety of apps that run the gamut from the practical to the romantic can make the journey to your final destination a little smoother.
Apps like Free Wifi Finder can help air travelers avoid pesky internet fees while in transit, and Lounge Buddy can give you instant access to airport lounges around the world by paying a small fee.
Travelers can edit their pictures on the go with VSCO and even upload a new profile picture to Tinder if they’re looking to make some new acquaintances in town.
So before you head out to your destination, invest in a pair of good headphones, download some of your favorite apps from this list and get ready for a very happy holiday.
TripIt helps you keep all your reservations in one convenient place, while also offering real-time updates and alternatives if the unthinkable cancelation happens.
You can also share itineraries so everyone in your group is on the same page.
Just because you aren't flying first class, it doesn't mean you can't take advantage of all the amenities airports have to offer. LoungeBuddy is a great way to see what's available, for what price, in case you have some time to kill at the airport and the chairs at your gate aren't cutting it.
This camera app is perfect for editing all those airplane window and holiday family pics.
If you haven't already booked your flights for the holidays, Hopper will alert you when airfares for your trip are at their lowest. The app can also alert you to great deals departing from your home airport.
And even if you've already booked your flights for December, it's not too early to start planning all the places you'll go in 2017. Use lulls on the road to set alerts for dates and destinations on your bucket list.
Select a charity, round-up online purchases, and that additional change is sent monthly to your chosen cause. It's a great way to easily turn holiday shopping and travel purchases into donations.
Sworkit offers customized workouts, and will help you get some exercise even when you're away from your regular routine. Even 15 minutes of physical activity can take some stress out of travel (or family visits).
Get detailed weather forecasts before you leave home with Wunderground so you know what to pack, and so you can anticipate potential airport or highway delays.
This app will help you stay connected on the road (without spending money you can spend on gifts instead).
Bonus App: Tinder
If you're single, Tinder can be a great way to make a new friend (or more), and get local recommendations (if your destination isn't somewhere you already know). It can also be a great way to get out of the house if relatives have you going stir crazy.