As National Lampoon can attest, summer travel rarely goes according to plan.
The list of things that can go wrong on a summer trip is endless: running out of gas, losing a wallet, finally getting to the final destination just to discover that it’s closed …
Technology can help.
For nearly every stressor that pops up around summer travel, there’s an app to help travelers smooth things out. But as for dealing with a dead relative in the back seat? No app for that. Yet.
Lola, which launched earlier this month, gives travelers their own half-computer, half-human travel agent.
Users enter their preferences of accommodations, airlines and budget, and Lola puts together travel recommendations. It will book travelers all the way through their trip and provide 24/7 service should something go wrong while they are away.
Currently, Lola is only available via waiting list and, according to the company, the app will introduce “an annual membership fee sometime in the near future.”
Sidekix is the travel app for perambulators.
Users tell the app their interests — nightlife, art, shopping, food or culture — as well as how long they’d like to walk, and if they need to make any stops, say at the ATM or grocery store. Then Sidekix generates a route.
Users can also send their route and end destination to friends and family to meet up on the route. The app is currently available for 15 cities across the world, with plans to expand in the near future.
For those who view vacation as an opportunity to feed the social media beast, Esplorio is waiting in the App Store.
Esplorio bills itself as an “automatic travel journal,” aggregating content from users’ social media networks, their phone’s location history and the camera roll to generate a digital travel journal.
Esplorio can also turn the digital memories into physical postcards that users can send to friends and family back home.
MydistriKt was developed to help locals give updates on their own little corner of the world — no matter where that happens to be.
The app features content from unexpected places, from the Wisconsin countryside to Nepal, as well as to often-visited spots like London to provide a wealth of recommendations for travelers who really want to live like a local.
The app’s users currently spread across 146 countries, representing 4,500 different “distriKts” around the world.
Eventurist makes travel easy for opportunists.
Travelers who prioritize once-in-a-lifetime trips will love Eventurist‘s special event recommendations and trawling of the best flight deals.
So whether the app recommends flying to Sweden for a music fest or the cheapest tickets ever for a flight to Florida, Eventurist hooks travelers up for a memorable experience.
There’s nothing quite like traveling with friends: memorable and fun, but simultaneously stressful and trying.
Prava aims to keep everything organized and within easy reach of everybody on the trip, meaning no more juggling Google calendar invites, group chats and Venmo expenses.
It’s currently only available for Android devices, but iOS is coming soon.
After all the furor surrounding TSA wait times at airports around the country, it’s understandable to be a bit freaked about flying this summer.
For those very concerned with missing a flight, download the myTSA app to keep an eye on wait times at each terminal.
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