5 Travel Apps That’ll Really Take You Places

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Maybe you’re lost in Mongolia or trying to ask for directions in France. Perhaps you’re trying to catch that flight out of Istanbul, or keep forgetting to pack socks for business visits. Whether you’re traveling for work or hitting up somewhere exciting for vacation, there’s a mobile app out there to meet the need. Of course, not everywhere you travel will have wifi, and not everyone keeps their data plans switched on in foreign countries — but there’s a hefty supply of apps that utilize wifi, or are pre-downloadable for use on airplane mode later in the trip. Let’s take a look at just a few.

1. GateGuru

Whether you use an iPhone or Android device, GateGuru is a solid choice for navigating flight purchases, airline departures, arrivals, terminals, and all the details that go with it. The app is free, a nice bonus, and includes a flight board with departing and arrival times for thousands of international airlines.

GateGuru allows you to plot your trip point by point if you have multiple flights involved in your itinerary, dealing with details like check in, weather, and even things like car rentals and airport food. Getting notifications on flight time changes ahead of time can certainly make the frequent flier’s life a considerable amount easier — as can the estimated TSA security checkpoint wait, so you don’t show up two hours early to fly out of an empty terminal.