While there are literally thousands of online tools and apps to help you travel, here are some of GMT’s top picks and recommendations to make sure you are better prepared for your trip.
Current Travel Warnings
As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check for any open travel advisories for your intended destination. Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that travelers avoid or consider the risk of traveling to that country. For travel advice by country, visit the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisories website or simply view the world at a glance on their easy to interpret color-coded map.
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Track it all with the Weather Bug website and app – presenting official weather observations, weather forecasts and climatological information by National Meteorological & Hydrological Services worldwide. In addition to the weather, they report on cold & flu, allergies & pollen, air quality, and even active hurricanes.
Hotel Points & Airline Miles
Whatever your 2020 travel goals are, now is the moment to examine your travel and spending habits, plot out your strategy, and maximize your earnings. The most effective airline programs depend on factors such as where you live or where you want to travel, but most fall under one of these three major airline alliances: Star Alliance, OneWorld, and SkyTeam. Choose one group and stick to it to reap the mileage rewards and status.
Next, start by choosing your favorite hotel brand. Hotel status usually includes benefits such as bonus points on stays, room upgrades, late check-out, and free breakfast. Three of the most popular hotel chains with excellent reward programs are Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, and Marriott Bonvoy. Take a look at which hotels you liked staying with in the past and start by signing up with them.
Flight Delays & Cancellations
GMT have gathered three of the best flight tracker apps around so no matter where you are going, you can stay informed and have less stress.
- FlightAware allows you to track the real-time flight status and location of any commercial flight worldwide. You can sign up for push notifications for your flight’s departure and arrival info, as well as pings for gate changes, delays, and cancellations which can really come in handy especially if in an airport you are unfamiliar with. Other features include photos of the aircraft, airborne weather, and the ability to look at nearby aircraft flying overhead with GPS technology.
- For the aviation obsessed, we recommend downloading Flightradar24 which lets you point your device at the sky to see what flights are passing overhead, take a 3D look into the cockpit to see what the pilots see, plus live weather patterns.
- Easily manage all your personal travel plans in one place with the Check my Trip app. Check flight numbers, seat assignments, airport gates, check-in times, itinerary changes, and more. Click here for more information.
Combating Jet Lag
Jet lag affects millions of travelers each day. Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, suffering from jet lag is never fun. With Timeshifter, you can create your own personalized jet lag plans and arrive at your best. Used by astronauts and elite athletes, the app was developed by world-renowned scientists and based on the latest sleep and circadian neuroscience.
Simply enter the details of your trip and the app will give you a personalized guide based on scientific research telling you when to see and avoid light, take melatonin, sleep or nap, and enjoy caffeine without it compromising one’s sleep quality. Get the app.
What time is it where you’re going? With the Time and Date World Clock tool, you can check the local time in any city to plan your destination arrangements.
Whether it’s miles to kilometers or kilos to pounds, you can get all the conversions you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for the local units of measurement used in your final destination by making use of this handy online conversion calculator.
Learn the exchange rate before you go, convert various types of currency using the Currency Converter Tool provided by Amadeus.
Need to dial somewhere else or getting calls from other countries and want to check where? This complete list of international dialing codes can help you find or check a code.