Top Travel Basics: Essential Android Apps to Make Any Trip Simpler

Those of you who travel often know how much just a little help can make any trip better. If you don’t have to worry about finding things to do or booking your reservations, then you can focus on having fun or, if you’re traveling for business, making it to all of your meeting on times and closing the deals.

Even if you don’t have a personal assistant to help you with the little things that can pile up on a trip, you can use today’s mobile technology to get things done. There are hundreds of apps that have been tailored specifically to travelers to help make their trips easier. Here are a few cool apps you can try the next time you leave home.

Alarm Clock for Me

When you travel, even if it’s for leisure, there are probably important times throughout your trip that you can’t or just don’t want to miss. Having a reliable alarm clock is essential on any trip, and this alarm clock app (learn more here) is the perfect companion to get you up and out the door on time.

The app transforms your mobile device into a good-looking bedside clock with easy-to-read numbers. It has two different themes and it even displays the current weather conditions in your area. You can choose to be woken up by an alarm or have the app play music from your playlists.

The app also features a homescreen widget, so you don’t even have to open the app to operate the alarm clock. It also has a built-in flashlight option if you need to get up in the middle of the night.

Skyscanner

If you need to book your own flights, you probably want to find the cheapest flight available at the time of your trip, and this app will help keep an eye on all of the rates you want.

You can choose the time you want the app to watch for rates and then set up alerts to notify you when a flight opens up that matches your price point. You can filter the flights by total flight time, the number of stops, the airline of your choice, the cabin class as well as the arrival and departure times.

You can also look for hotels and rental cars and you can book everything directly from the app.

Airbnb

If you want to save a little cash on accommodations, then this home-sharing app might be just the thing.

Airbnb finds people who will rent out their houses or apartments for the time you will be in town and they often offer rates much cheaper than hotels. The best part is that you will stay in a real home or apartment, so will get the feel of what it’s like to live in the city rather than the same old hotels.

Let today’s mobile technology help make your trips a little easier: check out these apps next time you plan to get away.

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