Make summer travel plans easier with these great apps and devices


With a hint of spring in the air, summer travel plans have already begun in many households. Whether taking a trip across the country, across the state or even just trying to find local attractions, having a plan is key to a successful vacation!

Streamline travel plans

Whether you’re traveling across the world or having a staycation in your hometown, nothing beats spending time with your family. However, planning and managing travel logistics can cause unwanted stress. Fortunately, there are a growing number of apps and accessories that travelers can use with their mobile devices, such as the 4G LTE iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, to streamline nearly every aspect of travel – improving the experience, as well as saving time and money.

Planning Your Trip: 68 percent of smartphone owners used their smartphone to assist them while traveling[1], according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. Use your mobile device to find the best travel deals with apps like Expedia, Orbitz, and Kayak. These all-inclusive apps present deals for hotels, rental vehicles, and airlines. In fact, the survey found 27 percent of smartphone owners have booked a hotel room directly from their smartphone and 16 percent have purchased airline tickets.


We have found Hotwire to come in very handy on more than one occasion. My husband likes to drive way longer than I think is necessary, but usually by the time he’s ready to concede and find a hotel, it is pretty late and we need a good deal fast. That is where Hotwire comes to the rescue. We simply search for rooms in our current location, make our selections, and drive straight to the hotel.

En Route: Ever been that person fumbling at the ticket counter for your confirmation number? Go paperless with Gate Guru, which organizes your full travel experience – from flight and rental vehicle information to airport amenities.

Gate Guru

In-Flight: With more than 10 hours of battery life and up to 128 gigs of memory, the lightweight iPad Air 2 makes a perfect travel companion for reading, listening to music, watching movies or playing games. Talk about a great way to keep kids occupied on a long flight. Plus, you can create your own in-flight oasis with a pair of noise-cancelling urBeats In-Ear Headphones, designed for music lovers who don’t want to sacrifice sound for style.


On The Ground: Upon arriving at your destination, you’ll want to look like a local. The Around Me app shows nearby restaurants, banks and more (including hospitals or emergency care centers for anyone traveling with an accident-prone family member), including directions to your destination. While you’re enjoying your vacation, Postagram keeps you in touch with loved ones. Just take a photo with the app, and for a nominal fee your message will be delivered as a mailed postcard!


After The Trip: Create an album of your favorite vacation photos on your phone so you have them on hand anytime you want to show them off or remind yourself how great your family trip way.

Cell Phone Safety

Don’t forget, just because you are travelling doesn’t mean the rules go out the window. Be sure to have your parent-child agreement set up and remind the kids!

parent child agreement



¹ Results are from a nationally representative online survey of 738 smartphone owners conducted by U.S.Cellular in partnership with Maritz Research from November 12-20, 2014.



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45 thoughts on “Make summer travel plans easier with these great apps and devices

  • March 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm
    These sound like wonderful apps. We're still waiting for the snow to melt so we can get out and venture. I will have to check these out. Reply
  • March 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm
    Awesome tips, it just might save my sanity on vacation this summer. I am not sure what I would do without all these apps. Reply
  • March 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm
    As a frequent traveler, these apps could help a lot. I have to get some of those headphones to block out the strange airplane noises. Reply
  • March 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm
    These are great tips. Travel with 4 kids can be stressful so anything to make it easier is appreciated! Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 5:35 am
    I use a lot of these travel apps too! It really helps planning a vacation! Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 6:48 am
    I've never used a travel app before but this sounds very interesting.I might need this for my upcoming trip. Thanks Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 8:03 am
    We travel every summer to Italy...I'm sure my husband knows about many of these but just in case I'll pass this onto him. These are great! Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 11:15 am
    These look like great tips for travelling. I will have to give Kayak a try when i am planning my neat trip. Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 11:16 am
    Travel app is something that I would love to have since we do travel every year. Thank you for sharing these, I will check out the Kayak since it is highly advertised on TV lol. Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    I remember to bring my tablet with me when I travel but always forget the ever important earbuds! I love this contract! Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    Sounds like some great apps! I don't travel often, but when I do I think these would be great! Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm
    I like the headphones, I didn't know Beats made 'em. I'm glad they do though, they're over ear headphones are rocking awesome. Reply
  • March 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm
    I plan to do a lot of traveling this summer so I will definitely keep this in mind. Great apps can really help make life easier. Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 2:34 am
    I love expedia when looking for flights, we have started planning our summer holidays already Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 10:04 am
    Scary to say but apps really do make life easier, especially with kids and work! Great ideas with these apps, some of which I have used before and they are definitely helpful! Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm
    Those are really great apps. We don't have any travel plans, as of yet, aside from a few local trips I think. Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm
    This cell phone using, while driving just scares me. People need to put down their social media for 2 seconds! Reply
    • March 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm
      I would definitely say it is for the passengers to use to find hotel rooms on the go and the like, if there is no passenger then you obviously need to find a safe place to stop first. :) Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 5:56 pm
    I had US Cellular when I lived in OK. Such a great company and the price was good when I had them too. They aren't up here in MI so when I moved here I had to switch. I love using Kayak and have made quite a few travel plans through them. Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm
    Thanks for the app ideas! I have about five pages of apps on my phone. I'm addicted! Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 7:28 pm
    Fun and exciting traveling can be, vacation planning can definitely something else. That's why it's important for me to make it easier much as possible. Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm
    Great tips. I don't travel very often so something like this is a definite help. Thank you for posting. Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    Those apps are very useful indeed. Anything that can help me to not get lost and organized is important to me. Thank you for sharing, I will surely get some of the ones you suggested :) Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 9:36 pm
    Looks like good tools. We aren't planning any big trips, just camping around the state, but you never know when the mood will strike. Reply
  • March 29, 2015 at 10:49 pm
    This is an awesome list. I have to go through and download all of these for our trip next month. Thanks for sharing Reply
  • March 30, 2015 at 12:28 am
    We also use smartphone apps like TripAdvisor and apps specificially advising for destinations for tourists when planning our trips. I'll try In-Flight next time so we can be more occupied during the travel. Reply
  • March 30, 2015 at 8:28 am
    Back when I did constant traveling across the country, I loved using the Delta app and and Expedia one. Such lifesavers when I was running back and forth trying to catch last minute flights. Reply
  • March 30, 2015 at 9:12 am
    These are awesome ideas for easier traveling this summer with the apps and devices. I always use my phone for pictures when I go anywhere so I will have to check the Postagram out indeed. Thanks so much for sharing the tips. Reply
  • March 30, 2015 at 11:03 am
    I still haven't downloaded the 'around me' app. That would be so useful for our summer vacay this year - if it will materialize. Well, I'm keeping all my fingers crossed. :) Reply
  • April 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm
    I will have to check these out. We travel a lot, so these will help! Reply
  • April 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm
    I think it's pretty cool that Xpedia, Orbitz, and Kayak all have mobile apps. That's pretty cool! Reply
  • April 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    We have used Kayak before and loved it! Perfect for our summer travel plans! Reply
  • April 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm
    I could put some of these apps to good use. We have fun summer travel plans this year! Reply
  • April 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm
    Summer is coming. Trips are being planned. Thanks for the tips. Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 12:19 am
    These are some great apps, most of them i have not heard of. These will definitely make traveling easier. Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 6:53 am
    I love the idea of the parent child agreement. It could be signed every season while they are young to remind them of how important phone safety is. Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm
    I love the idea of this safety contract with the kids. I know it would give me peace of mind with my own kids. Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    I plan on using my smartphone a whole lot more this summer. It is much more convenient that having a huge paper trail. Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm
    I love travel apps. I use them all the time. They have saved me money and time. Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm
    I love apps that make my life easier and if they make vacation better, then I'm hooked! Reply
  • April 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm
    It's been nonstop travel for me this month and I'm looking forward to more travel in June. I can always uses ways to make it easier and less stressful. Reply

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