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Summer Travel Survival Apps


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When you hit the road this summer, don’t let the trip turn into a nightmare. The following apps will help you make it through the crazy summer travel season.


Waze does more than give driving directions. It essentially crowdsources traffic by allowing other Waze users to report slow traffic, accidents, or speed traps. The app gives accurate estimated travel times and suggests alternate routes.


Forget the phrase books and language CDs: Bravolol makes it easy to communicate in nearly 20 languages. This handy app will teach you basics, like how to say hello, get directions, order a meal, or ask for help in an emergency. You can also use the voice playback feature to practice your pronunciations.


TripIt is a must for travelers looking to keep track of their flight, car, and hotel reservations. Simply link your email account to TripIt and the app will automatically import confirmation emails. The app creates a personalized itinerary showing your flight number, directions to your hotel, and more. TripIt then syncs your travel plans with your smartphone calendar.


Whether you are traveling around the world or just for a weekend getaway, PackPoint will help you remember everything from your passport to sunscreen. With just a few swipes, you can create a custom packing list based on where you are going, how long you are staying, and what kind of activities you enjoy. The app even gives suggestions for how to pack lightly to avoid overweight luggage fees.

Hotel Tonight

What happens if your flight gets delayed until the next morning or you need some rest on a road trip? Hotel Tonight will keep you from staying somewhere youíll regret. The app gives recommendations for nearby lodging and shows last-minute booking deals.


Skip the lines at the souvenir shop and create your own postcards with Postagram. Choose a vacation photo, add a brief message, and Postagram will send a printed 3-inch by 3-inch postcard to any address in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. The price for sending a card is also affordable: $1 for U.S. delivery, and $2 for international.

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