Heading Home for the Holidays? Try These Apps for Smooth Travel

Simplifying getting around between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

By Bob Kelley on November 21, 2013

November kicks off the holiday season. Decorations come out of storage, stores start brimming with shoppers and many start planning holiday travels. If you’re part of the nearly three quarters of all Americans planning to hit the road this season, bringing your smartphone along can make all the difference in getting from Turkey Day to New Year’s Day.

If you’re driving to your holiday destination, the INRIX Traffic app can help you get there without a hitch. It’s backed by traffic information from road sensors, traffic cameras and a crowdsourced community of 100 million drivers to deliver real-time travel information. You can view live traffic cameras, find the nearest gas stations, and update your ETA with friends and family.

Looking for a quick bite to eat while you’re on the road? Browse Yelp to search for places to dine, refresh and shop along your route. This app provides filtered searches, more than 47 million reviews from local “Yelpers,” and a social media platform that lets you check in at a roadside place and share it on Facebook or Twitter.

When flying during the holidays, use TripIt to organize all travel plans and compile an instant travel itinerary that you can easily sync with your Google or Outlook calendars. GateGuru, on the other hand, allows you to view airport security line wait times, concourse food locations, shops, services and more than 35,000 reviews and tips from fellow airport visitors. You can even conveniently check your TripIt itinerary within the app.

Whether it’s a short hop down the road or a flight across the country, your mobile device will help ensure safe and merry travels this holiday season.