There are thousands of travel-related apps on the market, but which ones actually make traveling easier? Here are the DCVB-tested and approved mobile applications that will make your trip to Durham more awesome, not more complicated.
Hopper | iOS
(Pictured) Does airline pricing mystify you? You’re not the only one. Thankfully, there’s Hopper, an app that analyzes flight data to help you find the best times to fly and airline deals.
What we love: Decide whether to book now or book later – Hopper can tell you if ticket prices are likely to decrease or increase.
Mezi | iOS
Your digital concierge is here – meet Mezi. Using human-assisted artificial intelligence, Mezi allows you to check in to flights, find a car rental, and research activities through a text message interface.
What we love: Google searches are great, but Mezi delivers human-directed customer service that will learn your preferences the more you use it.
Pack Point | Android and iOS
Organize your packing list based on trip activities, length of stay, and travel dates. Pack Point will suggest various items based on factors like the weather forecast and whether or not you’ll be doing laundry. You can add your own items to the list and even save it for future trips.
What we love: Never forget your phone charger and underwear again – Pack Point prevents pre-trip jitters by making you feel like the most prepared person at the airport.
Waze | Android and iOS
(Pictured) This community-sourced traffic app helps you avoid delays, construction, and closures. Great for road trips or navigating an unfamiliar city, Waze will also highlight the cheapest gas stations along your route.
What we love: More comprehensive than Google Maps, Waze uses information from local drivers to clue you in on police traps and short cuts.Life360 | Android and iOS
Stay connected to your family or travel cohort while exploring with Life360, an invite-only location sharing app. Create different circles for caregivers, family, friends – the sky’s the limit. Life360 also has a messaging feature, allowing you to send both private messages and group messages to your circle.
What we love: You can turn off location sharing when you need private time, so you’re in control of how much your circle sees.
TripIt | Android and iOS
Keep your travel documents organized with Tripit, an app that allows you to create a master itinerary that you can access from any device, even without internet access. Access plans, directions, and the weather from one, user-friendly interface.
What we love: No more searching your inbox for flight confirmation numbers or directions to the conference center. Everything you need is in one place.
Just for Fun
Touchnote | Android and iOS
(Pictured) Send customized postcards from your phone. Don't worry about postage and shipping – Touchnote will do it for you for $1.80 per card.
What we love: Touchnote makes it easy to stay connected to loved ones while you’re traveling with thoughtful postcards. All you have to do is take a photo and enter an address.
Journi | Android and iOS
Record your trips with Journi, a travel blogging app that allows you to keep notes on your adventures, add photos to journal entries, and send updates to friends and family. This is a great way to keep track of where you’ve been – no pen or paper necessary.
What we love: Journi works offline as well, no you won’t incur data usage fees while traveling abroad.
While it’s technically not an app, this Durham startup has created algorithms that help people use credit card points to travel on the cheap. Find a plan that will help maximize your rewards – all for free!
What we love: Reward Stock spells out a path to free flights and hotel stays, all by using credit card points. You can also track rewards and discover cards that best fit your spending habits and travel plans.
TransLoc Rider | Android and iOS
Durham-based TransLoc Rider delivers real-time public transportation tracking. View bus stops, arrival predictions, and be informed of delays.
What we love: Transloc Rider allows you to view your bus route and can even integrate with Uber, allowing for seamless travel plans.