Helpful Hints for Holiday Traveling

October 27, 2011 :: Posted by - TravelPro :: Category - Entertainment, Getting from here to there, Good to Know, Traveling

As the holiday season rolls around, family trips are a popular activity. Although trips and vacations can be fun and relaxing, sometimes the actual planning can be a headache. Local Travel Tips help alleviate your travel woes. We’ve already discussed safety and planning a flawless family vacation. In addition, we also researched apps to cover all areas of your planning from pre-flight, lodging, activities while you’re there, to easy ways to share your memories with your loved ones.

PRE-TRIP PLANS:

Kayak is a free app that allows you to compare and purchase flights, hotel rooms,and car rentals. It also allows you to view/manage itinerary, tracks your flights; look up baggage fees, airline phone numbers and airport information.

Tripit takes all of your trip details, and creates one helpful itinerary. It can also sync with your calender, eliminating that pocket book and traveling manila folder. Tripit Pro is recommended for frequent travelers and costs about $49.00 a year.

ENROUTE:

Gateguru is the best carry-on, it’s like Yelp for airports. We’ve all had a delay or longer than desired layover, with Gateguru you can view airport security wait times. You can also look up tips and reviews on amenities offered at your airport, like where the best cup of coffee is, or the closest 10-min neck massage.This is one of our favorite apps, especially in large airports such as O’hare, JFK, LAX, etc. knowing where the closest eatery, drink, restroom, or literature stop is essential.

WHERE TO STAY:

Trip Advisor enables you to browse reviews, opinions, and photos of: hotels, restaurants, attractions. The near me now feature shows things closest to you and also allows you to bookmark it in the my saves, for future visits.

Priceline is perfect for those last minute accommodations. You can bid on cheap, decent rooms categorized by location, rating and usual price.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE:

Goby searches activities near you including, live-music shows, family-friendly outings. Complete with details, photos, and map.

Urbanspoon helps settle the universal problematic question, of where should we eat? Shake the slot-machine interface to add some entertainment to your decision. Use GPS to find food near you. Filter your choices by neighborhood, cuisine, or price. There are ratings and reviews from newspapers, bloggers, and fellow eaters.

TRAVELING ABROAD?

Onada Currency Converter is beneficial whether it’s credit card or cash exchanges you need to calculate. Onada helps whether you’re wanting to check/compare the current exchange rate, or making sure your exchange is calculated correctly. This free app comes equip with over 190 currencies for your traveling needs.

Itranslate
helps you speak like a local, and avoid foreign language mixups (although these make for great traveling stories). Besides lightning fast translations, it includes 52 languages; essentially an interpretor right in your pocket.

Convert Clothes is for the shopaholic in all of us. It gives you all clothing conversions in one area. Just pick your size and country and voila, see the equivalent in whatever you decide. This should hopefully lessen (but probably not eliminate) the “not the right size” problem.

MAKING MEMORIES:

Fotobabble helps you quickly create and add voice to your images, and share with friends. Make and share memories with a talking postcard in a few simple steps:
1. Snap photo
2. Speak into microphone
3. Share through email, Twitter, and Facebook.

Instagram is another great photo app that allows you to add filters and effects to the photos you take on your phone, then allows you to stream it through your social media accounts
( Instagram, Twitter, Facebook).

Make the most of your travels, this holiday season! All of these apps are available to any smart phone users ( iPhone, Blackberry, Android), and are sure to make your trip a little less stressful and a lot more fun! For more tips and recommendations check out our about us section!

Tips for Preparing for a Family Vacation

October 18, 2011 :: Posted by - TravelPro :: Category - Air Travel, Traveling

Preparing a Family VacationYou and your family finally found a time to getaway, flights and hotel are booked but now there are a million other things you need to think about especially when you’re not just packing for yourself. Preparing for a family vacation is never easy, especially when to traveling with children, but by making yourself prepared in advance let’s you enjoy your vacation instead of worrying.  No one wants to be stressed on vacation, instead you want vacation as a time to relax, take time off of work or school and spend quality time with friends and family. Here are some tips to think about before booking a family vacation.

  1. Before even thinking about vacation make sure all your finances are in order and the bills are paid on time.
  2. Look up the destination you wish to visit, check out your children’s school schedule for the best time to getaway, then create a list of all the expenses you will need for vacation.
  3. Buy items needed in moderation’s not all at once, doing this in preparation for vacation allows you to have daily spending money.
  4. When it comes closer to take off, leave a way to access your home with someone you trust. In case something was to happen you want to know that your home is safe and not to be worried about.
  5. Plan on having your mail stopped or arrange a neighbor to gather it for you while you’re away. You never want to have mail sit for long periods of time, especially if some of it shares personal information.
  6. In case of flight delays, pack an extra change of clothes for everyone and extra snacks for your children. It’s always better to be prepared in times like these.
  7. Enjoy! By taking care of easy preparation before a trip, there’s no reason for you to stress.

Even though that may seem like a lot of information it really does help to make a family vacation more enjoyable for you and your family.