But while we can’t avoid every little frustration, preparation still goes a long way when it comes to travel— your Android device is a great ally for ensuring your trip goes as smoothly as possible. From storing your detailed itinerary to helping you suddenly book a new hotel or get around without cell service, these apps will make sure you’re ready for (almost) any travel challenge ahead. It’s downright effortless, too: simply forward travel confirmation emails to a specified address TripIt will automatically add them to your plan. The app also pulls in weather info directions, as needed, lets you access everything offline—perfect for traveling abroad without an international data plan. And for frequent travelers, the $49/year o subscription offers perks like alternate flight finding flight refund alerts—potentially paying for itself rather quickly. TripIt Travel Organizer (Free) Sure, Maps is a sharp resource, but ze uses data provided by its many millions of users to provide real-time route adjustments based on hazards like traffic construction. If there’s an accident on the road or a cop car that you won’t see until it’s too late, virtuous ze users will add it to the ever-updated map. ze is an Android essential for both everyday use more elaborate jaunts, so grab it to drive smarter spend less time behind the wheel this season. ze Social G Maps & Traffic (Free) Simply input your destination Transit will serve up the myriad routes there, whether it’s via train or bus, or some combination of the two with walking. Transit also integrates Uber, estimating pickup time, cost, duration compared to public transport, plus bike-sharing services are shown with current availability details. It currently works in 87 cities across America Europe, so if you’re not bringing or renting a car on your next trip, be sure to have Transit hy. Transit App (Free) Not only is ckint an ideal option for building your own suitcase checklists, but it’s smarter than that: it asks your destination dates away from home, as well if a trip is for business or leisure if you plan on tackling certain activities. From there, it generates custom lists based on the weather your selections. Maybe you don’t need long underwear or shoe polish, but ckint makes you think a little harder about the trip ahead, which can save some trouble later. ckint travel packing list (Free) It’s simple, really, but the option isn’t readily visible. Simply search for a location within Maps, swipe the info card at the bottom of the screen upwards, then hit the three-dot icon in the upper right for the “Save offline map” selection. You can zoom out customize the area saved, although size limits kick in if it’s too large. The saved map works just like an online-connected one, with location names multiple views available, it stays saved on your device for 30 days. Maps (Free) Designed around the idea of finding you a place to stay tonight, tomorrow, or within the next week, Hotel Tonight is a nicely designed resource that does more than heap lists of local options on you. It’s curated, which means you’re not only shown a nice nearby hotel, but also told why it’s great who they think will really dig it. It’s perfect for when the local motel or chain hotel you booked falls short of expectations. ven up your trip with minimal research using Hotel Tonight. Hotel Tonight (Free) It’s a simple app, but super effective. Essentially, GasBuddy lets the community keep tabs on gas prices by letting users enter the most current price they’ve seen. It’s split by fuel type notes any cash/credit price differences, you can sort by distance or price per gallon based on your current needs. Users who report prices are also eligible to win free gas cards, so there’s incentive to get involved. But even if you just want to save a couple bucks, it’s a hy resource. GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas (Free) ke many travel-minded apps, it serves up attractions restaurants to check out, with user recommendations reviews along the way. But what’s most interesting about this nely anet-backed app are the “experiences to live,” which offer intriguing ideas for activities to pursue rather than just more locations to visit. And while not as robust as TripIt, TouristEye doubles as a repository for your travel plans, so you can use one app to both track your voyage enhance it. TouristEye – Travel Guide (Free) ungeBuddy has a directory of more than 1800 private lounges within top airports around the world, if you have any credit cards or membership plans that allow access, you can add all of that info to get personalized listings. Each listing has photos location details, along with user reviews about the amenities within. Even if you’re not a member, many airport clubs let you pay a one-time fee to savor the high life for a couple of hours. 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