The Best Travel Apps

Let’s face it, technology has changed the way we live, work, and travel. While there’s an app for just about anything, for every useful app there are a dozen or more not-so-useful ones, simply taking up space on your phone for no good reason. Before you embark on your next trip, consider downloading these (actually useful!) best travel apps to help make your planning and the journey itself run smoothly.

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Packpoint

Travelers who hate packing, rejoice! Packpoint takes the guesswork out of packing and shows you what to bring based on the length of your journey, the weather in your destination, and the activities you have planned.

Lounge Buddy

Regardless of which airline or class you’re flying, Lounge Buddy offers access to premium airport lounges around the world. When you enter your trip details, the app advises which lounges you have access to based on the airports you pass through, and how to purchase access if you don’t have it already.

Timeshifter

Traveling through different time zones? Timeshifter will help you avoid jet lag long before you take off, as well as offer in-flight and post-flight suggestions. The app itself relies on neuroscience and circadian rhythm research and creates a personalized plan for you based on your age, gender, sleep patterns, and specifics surrounding your travel plans.

Calm

One of the most popular meditation and sleep apps on the market. Calm offers an array of themed meditations, sleep stories, and music. Meditation topics run the gamut and include self-awareness, calming anxiety, breathing, lowering stress levels, and happiness.

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XE Currency Converter

The XE Currency Converter app will keep you from getting swindled on those exchange rates the next time you’re abroad! Providing live up-to-the-minute rates that you can store and view off-line. You’ll be glad you had this techy travel companion to keep track of your funds.

Google Translate

Easy to use and navigate, Google Translate allows users to translate over 100 languages while typing. You can access 59 languages off-line, and translate bilingual conversations into over 70 languages. It’s fast, it’s free, and it’s convenient for travelers who want to get around and communicate with those around them.

TripWhistle

Safety is paramount when traveling, and TripWhistle is built around just that. Users can map their location to send to loved ones, along with GPS coordinates. TripWhistle also offers emergency numbers for firefighters, police, and medical personnel in over 200 countries. Don’t forget, 911 is just for North America.

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Taking a ‘mini-moon’ before your wedding

There is a new trend emerging, as more couples are opting for a pre-wedding vacation before their wedding day to reconnect, relax and alleviate the stress that goes along with planning a wedding. It’s no surprise that the task of wedding planning can take a toll on  romance and strain a relationship. Nights and weekends that were spent enjoying time together, are now filled with appointments and decisions that need to be made.

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A ‘mini-moon’ is a chance to enjoy some rare time alone together before the big day. It is a chance to escape from the stress and any drama that comes with planning a wedding. Taking a mini-vacation is a chance to celebrate your engagement, and also get excited about the wedding. Traveling before the wedding instead of after, may help you save some money if your wedding is taking place during peak travel seasons.

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It could be something simple like a long weekend getaway closer to home, or a few days at the beach. Sip some wine, enjoy a couples massage, and return renewed to take on all the tasks ahead of you. For mini-moon inspiration, read this post on Caribbean destinations.

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Top Holiday Destinations

Many couples and families choose to travel over the holidays. Escaping the cold for a sunny beach has its advantages. The top holiday destinations this year come as no surprise; they have been long-time favorites.

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Mexico tops the list with three beautiful destinations to choose from; Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo. Each destination offers the lure of sun and sand. There are many resort options to choose from and lots of fun activities. If ocean swimming is at the top of your wish list, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are the best options. Cabo has some of the most beautiful beaches, but many are not swimmable.

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Aruba, Montego Bay Jamaica and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic round out the top holiday destinations for 2019. Aruba is the perfect beach lovers’ destination; add in a little gambling and shopping and it is the perfect holiday gift. Jamaica is the island of ‘get all right;’ because that is how you will feel after a relaxing holiday visit on the beaches of Montego Bay. Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, in contrast, is not as well known as Punta Cana. Santo Domingo is the capital city of this tropical island paradise therefore it offers a city vibe with a laid back seaside spirit.

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