Thanksgiving apps are aplenty for Android and iPhone, so we lay out a few of the best for traveling
As crazy as it may sound, we're just a week away from Thanksgiving. I'm sure many of you are planning to travel for the holiday and luckily, there are multiple Android and iPhone apps to help you tackle your traveling woes.
Tripit has been my go-to traveling app for a while and I really do think it's the best way to keep all of your travel information in one place. Instead of having to dig through my e-mails for confirmations about flights or printing out stuff, you can have all that information in one, good-looking place.
If you travel often, Tripit can be a lifesaver because of how convenient and efficient it is. There's a paid version that gives you automatic e-mail updates, sharing functionality and advanced stats but most of you should be fine with the nice free version.
Airports are generally not fun during busy holiday seasons but you can stay ahead of the herd with the GateGuru app. This app will give you real-time flight information, map the airports, allow you to search which amenities are at which locations and most importantly, see how long the security line it. There are also a lot of social features baked in that I don't find too appealing, but at least they're in there.
Google Maps is pretty good (much better than Apple's Maps) but the Waze social traffic app may be the way to go if you're taking a road trip for Thanksgiving. It gives you free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, points out interesting locations on your way and it's easy to share your path with others.
The reason why I'm suggesting this over Google Maps is the cross-platform nature and the real-time aspect of Waze. With this app, you'll be able to get alerts if there's traffic or road hazards along the way. You can also use the Waze app to find the cheapest gas prices along the way.
It all starts out great: Sure, the whole grown-up family will stay in the parents' house, who cares if we're trying to cram eight adults and five kids into a three-bedroom house? If you find yourself in need of a hotel quickly, go ahead and download the Hotel Tonight app.
The Hotel Tonight app will find three hotels nearby (basic, chic and premium) and offer them to you at a reasonable price. It's not quite in every city but if you're staying in or near a major city, you should be able to use it. I've used it before to find a place and it's an elegant experience that works pretty seamlessly. You can also score a nice hotel at a great price sometimes.
File this one under the "if things go wrong" scenario. Let's say there's a disaster with Thanksgiving dinner or if you just want to go and eat something outside the house before the holiday, the Yelp app should be your go-to solution to find some good grub.
Yelp features user-generated reviews of your local eateries and I've found that the aggregate ratings can be helpful in choosing a place to dine. Yelp also includes other types of locations, but I don't put much credence into reviews of the non-restaurants. The apps are jam-packed with cool features like location-based searching and an augmented-reality "monocle" search.