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Mobile Applications Changing Travel


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Apps that take the time out of travel are changing the way people fly, book, rent, dine, stay and sightsee. There’s no need to call ahead and book a reservation when you have a smartphone equipped with “Hotel Tonight” – the app that helps you book a room at a discounted price up until 2 a.m.

You’ll also keep abreast of flight delays, arrivals and departures across hundreds of terminals when you download “iFly Pro”. If local and world travel had been this easy when Mom and Dad were young, imagine the family vacations that might have ensued – The Grand Caymans instead of the Grand Canyon and Bermuda in lieu of Birmingham.

Advancements in mobile technology have made the world a bigger, easier, friendlier place to navigate, sort of like one big freshly mowed backyard, and world travelers are just the neighbors stopping by for the barbecue.

One Universal Language

Not speaking the language is no longer a barrier to communication. There are likely as many translations apps in the marketplace today as there are actual translators, except apps don’t need food, drink and a place to spend the night. Take “Google Translate”, for instance.

This savvy little program helps you communicate across 60 different languages,17 of which don’t even require typing out the text. And “Google Translate” is only the tip of the iceberg. “Languages”, “Universal Translator” and “iTranslate” are other apps that help you understand the locals in virtually every country around the world.

Wi-Fi on Every Corner

Well, maybe free Wi-Fi isn’t quite available on quite every corner, but if you downloaded the “Free Wi-FI Finder” app before take-off, who cares? There’s free connectivity out there someplace, and thanks to this handy little convenience, you know it’s only a matter of time until you find it.

This app not only finds the local hot-spots in countries around the globe, it leads you right to them.

An Organized Itinerary – No Agent Necessary

Who needs a travel agent when you have a mobile device filled with apps to help you organize everything from soup to nuts. When you download “TripAdvisor”, you can do just that – keep track of every leg of your expected journey, from the flight you’ll take to the car you’ll rent at the airport.

Have your hotel on hand, your restaurant of choice and any important must-see elements along the way. Organizational apps like this take all the guesswork and stress out of figuring out where to go and what to do next.

Travel isn’t what it used to be. There’s no guesswork involved, no aimless wandering from terminal to terminal, no desperate rush to book a hotel before it fills up. As long as you travel with your mobile device in hand, the whole world is in your pocket. All you have to do is reach in and grab it.

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