Inside Intel: Travel Agents Share the Apps They Use to Travel Right
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There are so many apps and so much technology out there that it’s hard to choose which ones might help you when you’re on the road, so we asked several agents to tell us what apps they rely on.
Packpoint: When he’s packing for his next venture, Eric Grayson, founder of Discover 7, says that this is his app of choice. "It’s great for generating packing lists. It makes suggestions based on where you'll be going and the type of activities you'll be doing. It then allows you to select a quantity for each item and save the list for future trips.”
GateGuru: When he’s at the airport, GateGuru helps Grayson to navigate unfamiliar terminals. “The app makes it easy to find good food locations and airline lounges,” he said. “It also keeps track of my travel statistics, such as how many miles I've flown and what airports I’ve visited, which is a big plus for travel nerds.”
Little Peanut On The Go: Kim Zielinski, owner of Intellego Travel, said this app, which lets users create packing and to-do lists, build care schedules to share with caregivers, and check in on your child’s daycare, helps when she’s traveling with or without her kids. “It keeps me completely organized when getting the whole family packed up for a trip,” she said. “When I’m traveling without the kids, it makes communicating and sharing child care plans with their caregivers ridiculously easy.”
RoadTrippers: This app is a must-have for Steve Griswold, owner of Pixie Vacations in Atlanta, Georgia. “It has every unique, odd, fun, weird attraction you can imagine and they are all mapped out for you,” he said. “So you can plan your entire trip before you go and map each day out mile by mile or, if you are stopping for gas and just want to be spontaneous, you can see what’s around you as you are driving.”
Road Side America: “I had to buy a few add-ons with this app to get the entire list of attractions in the USA, but for all the road trips we do and the ability to quickly sort by attractions that are near me while we drive, it was worth it,” said Griswold.
Travefy: To stay organized whether she uses it for herself or her clients, Amy Truong with Up & Explore, uses this itinerary maker app. “I love creating my own itineraries for myself or clients,” she said. “It has everything you need with times, dates, notes, maps, and it's easy on the eyes and great for mobile.”
Work Hard Anywhere: Truong also uses this app to find cafes and co-working spaces with Wi-Fi, plug outlets, food, drinks and opening times.
Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger: Matt Wilson, Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, uses this portable charger to keep phones and cameras alive when he’s on the go and not near an outlet. “Plus, it’s weatherproof and it’s compatible to charge from their solar panels,” he said.
PicStitch: To share her collages while she’s on the road, Amy B. Windham, with Four Corners Travel, uses this photo editing tool. “Then, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all great to keep friends and family updated about what I am doing. I also use them as marketing tools to connect with my clients and potential clients.”
Some of the more well-known apps are still popular with the agents. For example, Windham uses Skype and TripAdvisor, while Grayson uses Tripit to keep track of all his itinerary details, such as flights, cars, hotels, etc., and send real time flight status reports. Truong uses Yelp and Foursquare for easy food recommendations. Christina Hanna of Leavetown Vacations uses Time Out because, she said, “It's basically a directory of things to do in cities all over the world, and gives you the kind of info that makes you feel like a local.”
So many apps, so little time. What ones do you use?
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