10 apps that make great travel companions

Quick and handy information can make all the difference between a good trip and a bad one. Here’s a list of some useful and interesting travel apps and services for multiple devices and platforms. Download them now and thank us later.

1. TripSource®

Access all your travel details in one convenient place. TripSource, BCD Travel’s award-winning app, displays itineraries, flight alerts, gate changes, and other valuable information about your current and planned trips. If your itinerary changes, the information in TripSource is updated automatically.

2. Travel Watch

Our Travel Watch accounts (on Twitter) provide real-time updates on disruptions caused by weather, strikes, and other major events around the world. Just follow @BCDemea, @BCDapac or @BCDamericas on Twitter to stay ahead on delays and cancellations. Don’t want to clog up your feed? Simply unfollow when you get home. You can follow again when you’re back on the road.

3. ICE – in case of emergency

The ICE app stores all your medical records. It will house everything from your height, weight and blood type, to your allergies, medications and insurance information. The app displays your data on the start-up screen of your smart phone, even when it’s locked. In emergencies, for example, if you’re in an accident, first responders can identify you on the spot, treat you and alert your emergency contacts at home.

4. GateGuru

Never again get lost looking for those last-minute necessities at the airport. In addition to other functions, GateGuru offers information and maps for gate locations, food vendors, shops, ATMs, plug-in points, airline lounges, Wi-Fi availability and many more services. All this information is personalized to your travel details and your location at the airport.

5. Can I Eat This?

Montezuma’s revenge, Delhi belly, or travelers’ diarrhea—whatever you call it—can ruin your trip. It’s not just inconvenient, in some cases, it’s even dangerous. The Can I Eat This? app tells you exactly what foods and drinks at your destination are likely to be safe so you won’t spend your trip in the bathroom.

6. Convert Any Unit

Convert Any Unit does exactly what it says, converting temperature, distance, weight, volume, speed, currency and more. Even if you’re used to doing currency conversions in your head in line at the cashier, the app can come in handy in places where exchange rates are counted in thousands (e.g., Colombian pesos) or even tens of thousands (e.g., Vietnamese dong).

7. PackPoint

Packing suitcases may be a routine job for some people, but for others it can be a nightmare! PackPoint helps you to create the ideal packing list for each trip. PackPoint will organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned during your trip.

8. Uber

Uber is a ridesharing app for fast, reliable rides in minutes – day or night. There’s no need to park or wait for a taxi or bus. You just tap to request a ride, and it’s easy to pay with your credit card. You can even link multiple credit cards to your account – e.g. one for business and one for private – and for each ride choose with which card you want to pay.

9. iTranslate

iTranslate enables you to read, write and speak in 90 languages, anywhere in the world. Type a word or phrase in the top window, and the translation appears in the bottom window. Or just start speaking and iTranslate recognizes your voice, converts your words to text and translates hem into another language.

10. KLM Emoji Service

This new emoji service helps you find your way in an unknown city or country in a fun and easy way. Looking for the nearest train station, shoe store, night club or Italian restaurant? Simply send the matching emoji to KLM via Messenger, share your current location and KLM instantly replies with the nearest address.

Discover more smart travel apps that can make your life easier in our Move On digital magazine.