Free App Friday: Holiday Traveling

It’s holiday time and you know what that means–legions of families and singletons everywhere traveling back to their home bases for some tasty Turkey, and maybe even to receive a present or two. Of course, traveling around the country may also mean a whirlwind of headaches and missed sleep. But fear not, because this year could really change–all you have to do is enlist the help of your trust iOS device. Well, that is, as long as you’re in an area where there’s some radical reception and strong WiFi. We compiled a list of some of the helpful free travel apps and services out there that’ll help you get to your gate on time and keep your plans in order.

Mac/iPhone

TripIt

I’ve used this service for the last year or so, and I can guarantee that when we missed that flight to San Diego two months ago, it was not because TripIt was wrong about our flight time–instead, it reminded us that we most definitely didn’t pay attention to the take off time. Even better, when my plane was running late on my way back home from Comic Con, TripIt alerted me before the airline could call with one of their automated messages.

To use the service, all you have to do is forward the emailed itinerary to plans@tripit.com, and it’ll instantly upload all that information to the cloud so it’s available for you on the spot. The app allows you to bundle together flights and reservations so that you have ’em all in one place for your next trip out West, and it even pulls up maps and directions for you so all that information is available the instant you need it.

iPhone

Travel Channel GO

You do not want to be going to Nebraska right now. You’d rather be in Mexico laying on the sandy beaches and soaking up the sun.  Well, it’s not going to happen for you right now, so why not check out the Travel Channel’s GO app to explore the world from your palm? The app features clips from various Travel Channel shows and might even inspire you for your next vacation.

iPad

Kayak HD

If you’re in a tiff and need to quickly book a flight away from the torture of your mother, download Kayak HD for the best deals on domestic flights and hotels.

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