If you’ve ever booked a trip with a group of people, you’ll be well familiar with the multiple forms of communication needed to plan the details. It can actually be an exhausting venture, not to be embarked upon by the faint of heart. PlanChat is a group messaging platform designed specifically for trip planning. Your plan has a private chat room to stay connected, share photos/videos and much more. You don’t even need to have the app to communicate. Add people from your address book and they’ll be able to join the conversation with the group instantly via SMS, Email or on a website you are visiting. It also makes sharing expenses a breeze.
This could be the app that changes business travelers’ lives. DUFL is a premium, luxury service that ships, cleans and stores your business attire saving you hassle with luggage and pesky baggage claim. You simply pack a case of clothes and send it to DUFL. The company takes pictures of everything you’ve sent, then cleans it and stores it in your virtual closet. When you next take a business trip, you pick which items you want from your closet, punch in the address and the app sends your clean, pressed clothes to your destination. At the end of your trip, pack them in a case, schedule a pick up, and back they go. It is $99 per roundtrip within the U.S.
Driving in an unfamiliar city can be a hazardous and unnerving experience so a visitor can use as much help as possible. The Waze app – loved by taxi drivers – is a GPS navigation app that gathers information from an active community of drivers to create up-to-date, accurate road data. It takes the Google Maps design one step further by allowing users to share information about hazards, traffic or accidents. You’ll get road alerts along your route and even learn where to find the cheapest gas. You can also add friends, send locations or keep others posted on your arrival time. One of the best features? Automatic rerouting as conditions change on the road.
If you have a galloping case of wanderlustitis and wish to travel the globe, visiting exotic locales from Rome to Rio, then the Rome2Rio app is the one for you. Route planning can be a very complicated business, particularly when you need multiple forms of transport to get from A to B. With information from over 4,800 transport operators in over 158 countries, this app will instantly display flight, train, bus, ferry and driving options with estimated travel times and fares. Hailed by Condé Nast as the app that “will get you navigating like a pro and probably save you some money at the same time,” this is probably one you want to download today.