5 Apps to Get You Home for the Holidays

Apps

For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home—it’s getting there that can be the problem. According to AAA, approximately 95 million Americans will travel fifty miles or more miles in the next few weeks to visit family and friends. To help you get through the congestion safely and on schedule, check out these helpful travel apps.

App In The Air: App In The Air is a free tool that helps air travelers throughout the entire process, including check-in, boarding, take-off, and landing. Receive text updates on flight or gate changes, review your fellow travelers’ tips on the best airport eateries, and share your trip on social networks. You can even keep a log of your flights to track where you’ve been, how many miles you’ve flown, and more.

Glympse: From Atlantic to Pacific, traffic isn’t terrific over the holidays. If you need to drive, give mom and dad peace of mind you’ll be home in time for Christmas by using Glympse. Rather than trying to text your location to loved ones, Glympse uses GPS to send updates on your location to anyone you choose. Enter your end destination and recipients’ phone numbers, and the app sends a link to a map that shows where you are and when you should arrive.

TripIt: Got your trip planned but need a three-ring binder to hold all the phone numbers, addresses, and directions to make it happen? The TripIt app compiles your entire itinerary into one easy timeline. Whether you have air or train tickets, a car rental, or restaurant reservations, just forward your various confirmation emails, and the app supplies everything you need to get where you’re going when you need to get there.

Hotel Tonight: Winter often comes with unpredictable weather. If you’re stuck with no place to rest, Hotel Tonight can help. This free, last-minute booking app lists nearby vacancies all in one place, often with discounted rates. Hotels are designated by category: luxe, hip, solid, basic, charming, or crashpad. Choose an option and more information is available, including amenities, user photos, and ratings by Hotel Tonight staff.

Waze: Billed as “the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app,” Waze allows users to combine forces to combat anything standing between them and getting home for the holidays. Traffic jams, accidents, and road closures are reported in real-time by other users, creating an up-to-the-minute picture of what’s happening on your route. If things are getting busy, the app will even suggest alternate routes to get you to your destination faster.

Want more road-tested app recommendations? Read “Excursion App-roved” in the Fall 2014 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine. Happy travels!