Travel (H)appy

Travel (H)appy

May 31st, 2012 by Mary Beth Torgerson in Local Regional News

Travel troubles such as occupying the kids while on the road or navigating the perils of airport security can quickly turn a blissful vacation experience into a smorgasbord of stress. Avoid potential mishaps and let these 7 travel-savvy apps do the grunt work on your next trip.

WiFi Finder

Just because you are on vacation doesn't necessarily mean you can unplug from work entirely. If you need Wi-Fi in a pinch, WiFi Finder is a free iPhone App that finds the nearest available connections. You can tap the "Free Only" button to see just the free Wi-Fi in the area or look at the general list for all of your options.

Cost: Free

Gate Guru

One of the worst situations when traveling by plane is to be lost or wandering around hungry in the terminal before your flight. Named a "Top 5 Air Travel App" by CNN, Gate Guru offers airport maps, security wait times, a list of airport food, shops and services, as well as more than 25,000 reviews and tips from fellow travelers.

Cost: Free


If you are out of town and have a craving for a certain meal, FoodSpotting - unlike most food apps that only offer restaurant reviews - allows you to search for restaurants by what you want to eat. Read peer reviews and recommendations from other users, perfect for finding a restaurant's signature dish.

Cost: Free

License Plate Travel Game

Instead of listening to "I'm not touching you, I'm not touching you!" for the entirety of your road trip, give the kids something fun to pass the time until you arrive at your destination. The best part? There's no room for cheating - the License Plate Travel Game app will keep track of your game by logging your finds and keeping score.

Cost: $0.99 on Apple products and free on Android


The name says it all. Whether you have a small bladder or small children, this app shows all of the available toilets around you, complete with reviews, opening times and comments from others.

Cost: Free


If you tend to forget important items - socks, underwear, your phone - the Packing app offers a customizable checklist of things that you don't want to leave home without. This app is also great for repacking to make sure you don't leave anything behind.

Cost: $0.99


Never argue about splitting the check again - Share-a-Bill allows you to add in the names of traveling companions and will divide costs evenly according to the customizable information entered.

Cost: $3.99