12 Travel Apps That Will Save Your Spring Break Trip
Think you’ve got everything covered for your upcoming trip? After double-checking your packing list and your suitcase, make sure your phone is packed with the latest must-have apps for venturing around the globe. From apps that will help you work on your fitness and eat like a local to apps that will have you speaking a foreign language, we’re sharing our tech-iest ways to make the most of your trip. Stranded without a hotel? We’ve got an app that will get you tucked in for the night. Before you hit the runway, download these travel apps for a stress-free trip.
1. TripIt: All good travelers have one thing in common: organization. If you’re notorious for losing important info, like your flight number, get TripIt. Save yourself the headache and allow this “virtual assistant” to stow ALL of your travel plans in one place, on any device. (Free for iOS and Android)
2. Minube: It’s like Yelp meets Instagram in a beautiful way. This travel app gives you the inspiration you need to plan epic trips. Search for new destinations, cool hotels, delish eats and reviews on everything you can’t miss. Save your faves and viola: You have yourself a travel itinerary. (Free for iOS and Android)
3. Localeur: You’ve arrived at your destination, so now what? Turn to Localeur, an app where locals can recommend can’t-miss experiences, from tacos to yoga, in your destination of choice. Simply open the app, find the “Nearby Places” feature and you’ll find a listing of items near you. (Free for iOS)
4. WhatsApp: If you want to stay connected to anyone anywhere in the world for free, you need to become a WhatsApper. Join the millions of other users who send messages, videos, images and audio clips via WhatsApp on iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia at no cost by using your Internet data plan or WiFi. So, don’t worry Mom, I’ll be able to message you when I arrive in Bali… so long as there’s WiFi. (Free for iOS and $1 for Android)
5. Roomlia: Need a place to stay? Whether you’re looking for a room with a view, a business trip layover or a weekend getaway, Roomlia will get you the the best option at the best price. This app has been touted as a no-fuss solution to getting the best hotel options up to seven days from arrival. Unlike other mobile hotel apps, Roomlia links you directly to your hotel to book. All it takes is one swipe of your finger, and you have yourself a room. (Free for iOS and Android)
6. Relay Rides: We’ve always been taught to share, and this app earns you some cash by doing good. Relay Rides breaks into the sharing economy with its peer-to-peer car rental service. For travelers, this is great news: No more waiting in airport car rental lines, because you can get the car you want right from the airport. (Free for iOS and Android)
7. Kamino: Get to know a city on your own two feet. The Kamino app offers walking tours created by locals and travel experts to guide you to the ultimate sights, culture, tastes and smells your destination has to offer. Pack your walking shoes and bring Kamino along on your next adventure. (Free for iOS)
8.Gymsurfing: Skip the dated equipment in the hotel “gym,” and check out the newest fitness app for travelers: Gymsurfing. A day pass starts at five dollars for instant access to a gym near you. (Free for iOS and Android)
9. Entrain: Beat jetlag and adjust to a new time zone with ease using Entrain. This mathematical app, developed by University of Michigan researchers, uses light to learn your circadian clock. When you travel to a new time zone, Entrain can help you readjust your body’s clock to match the time zone by letting you know when your body should be exposed to light and dark. (Free for iOS and Android)
10. Converted: Be it the weather, currency or measurements, Converted has your number. The next time you need to convert Euros to British Pounds, it’ll be a snap with Converted. The coolest thing about this app is that not only does it give you an answer, but it provides you with an overview on how the answer was reached, making you more reliant on your own brain, rather than the app itself. ($5 for iOS)
11. Lingua.ly: Touted as a brand-new way to learn a language, Lingua.ly is encouraging us to ditch the textbook. Their app turns the entire Internet into a language learning tool. As you surf the web, you’ll be able to save words from websites that Lingua.ly will transform into flashcards for you, including photos and a pronunciation guide. Choose from 10 languages, with more on the way. (Cost: Free for iOS and Android)
12. iTranslate Voice 2 : If you speak, this app will translate. All you have to do is select the language you want to “speak” in, say your message into the microphone and within seconds, the translated texts will pop up on your screen and be spoken aloud. You can play back the audio or share via email, SMS, Twitter or Facebook. ($5 for iOS)
Calling all travelers: Fill us in on what apps you can’t leave the country without in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)