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The days of poring over a pocket-sized book of translated travel phrases is over — mostly. (It still lives on in romantic comedy movies where latte-sipping, Fodor's-reading single women eat-pray-love their way across Europe.) Today there are plenty of smartphone travel apps that will help you express yourself on the go; here's another to add to your download list.
"Excuse Me" is a helpful new app that collects about 200 useful travel phrases separated into situational categories: like Flight, Customs, Hotel, Restaurant, and even Trouble (in case you need to explain that you lost your passport, or something along those lines). The app can be downloaded in five different languages — English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese — and with a few quick taps it will tell you exactly how to say, well, whatever it is you're trying to say. The app will pronounce translations for you, so you can give it your best effort — or, you know, just make the Paris cab driver listen to the prerecorded pro with the much better accent tell him to, "keep the change."
Our favorite feature, though, is that the (free!) app fully downloads its dictionary of phrases, so you don't need to be connected to the Internet to access them. Each app also clocks in at just 15 MB, so it won't eat up precious space in your smartphone that could be designated for more photos — because "duck face" is a universal language, after all.
[Image via Excuse Me]
Bucket lists are annoying. As much as I love making to-do lists, I’m more of an instant gratification kind of gal. Dream it, plan it, do it. Get. It. Done. Still, I can see the appeal in 'em for some people.
A brand new app, BUCKiTDREAM, allows folks to create, publish and share their “dreams” (aka bucket list) with either the app's community or a specific social network. Whether you want to see penguins in Antarctica or hike Machu Picchu, put it out there, set a budget and target date, and work toward making the goal happen. You can also poach other people’s dreams and add them to your list. I suppose there's something to be said for cyber moral support and accountability in achieving one's big life dreams. And frankly, I don't care how you make your dreams come true — just get out there and do it.
BUCKiTDREAM is currently available for free on the App Store. An Android version is coming soon.
What’s on your travel bucket list? Tell us in the comments.
Travel Apps / Expedia / Tinder / Mobile Apps / Apps / → All Tags
So, like, here's what we heard happened: Expedia was out one night, and saw Tinder at a bar talking to this total gnome. (Orbitz. Do you know her?) Tinder was looking pretty good — all hot and trendy and whatnot — and Expedia, feeling kind of insecure about getting older and losing its hipness, thought dating younger might totally boost its social stock. "On the surface, we have nothing in common," thought Expedia, making sure its teeth were food-free in a compact mirror. "But I really feel like I'm vibing on some serious chemistry right now." So Expedia sauntered up, introduced itself, and now, like, they're totally moving in together. I heard they even got a dog. (Rescue, obvs.)
Okay, okay. While that may be a fictionalized version of how things went down, the real story ends the same way: Expedia and Tinder have hooked up, with the travel and dating app brands putting their brains together to explore the wide world of romantic travel. How so?
First up, head to Expedia's Instagram page right now and you'll find a link to play its new #MatchMadeInTravel game, a quick browser-based diversion that "matches" you with a perfect travel destination using a Tinder-like approach: It tosses some attractive photos at you, and you swipe left or right depending on how much that location turns you on. (We generally prefer more shirtless pics, but in the case of Australia, we'll swipe right on faith. You know those abs on point.) When your match is determined you have the option of exploring Expedia-based deals related to that destination. Clever.
There’s a war in the skies. (If uttered in a dramatic baritone, that phrase would be a great first line for a sci-fi movie trailer. But we digress.)
From crowd-sourced chopper service Gotham Air to all-you-can-fly private plane options like Beacon, a fleet of businesses have arrived to take advantage of our Uber-bred affinity for on-demand transportation hailed via mobile app. But it sounds like the latest entrant, Blue Star Jets, is really throwing down the gauntlet.
The private jet company has just announced the debut of its mobile app, and it’s basically a dream come true if you have the coin. The app lets users book a private flight on any type of aircraft (turbo prop, helicopter, air ambulance… the list goes on) to and from any airport in the world. Think that’s impressive? Here’s the clincher: A 24-hour live support team promises to confirm flights within 15 minutes, so you can be in the air and on your way with as little as four hours’ notice.
Are you kidding? It can take longer than that to snag a cab on Saturday night!
Who will be using this service? According to a statement from Blue Star announcing the app’s launch, bookings are attributed in equal parts to business, family/leisure, and entertainment (read: Rihanna needs a ride, pronto!) travel. With its insane level of customization, Blue Star’s app strikes a big blow in the battle to dominate the world of on-demand sky rides.
[Photo: Blue Star Jets on Facebook]
Mobile Apps / United / Airline News / Travel Tech / Passports / → All Tags
Two days ago, when checking in for a flight from Denver to Guatemala City on the United app, we were unable to obtain a mobile boarding pass and had to check in at the desk upon arriving at the airport.
The reason for this is that a passenger's passport must be verified before a boarding pass - regardless of whether it's paper or mobile - can be issued on international flights. Surely, you're familiar with the self check-in kiosk that makes you scan your passport, and that send you to the desk agent when it malfunctions.
Google Maps / Uber / iOS / Android / Mobile Apps / → All Tags
Grabbing a ride from the friendly folks over at Uber just got a little bit easier, as everyone’s favorite mapping software now includes integration with the rideshare service.
The latest update from Google Maps on your mobile device now supports Uber, and if you have the Uber app on your phone as well, Uber cars show up alongside the usual options (driving, public transportation, walking) when searching directions.
National Rental Car / Cars / Rental Cars / Mobile Apps / iOS / Android / Travel Tech / → All Tags
One of our favorite things about National Rental Car is that you can pick your own car right off the aisle. Sure there are some limitations to what you can choose and when you can pick it, but for the most part it’s a pretty generous feature. Assuming you join their Emerald Club and book a midsize car, you are then allowed to select anything from the Emerald Aisle. If you’re lucky there are usually a few upgrades sitting right there and are yours for the taking—if you like the red one, take the red one.
Now things have gotten a little bit better, as National Rental Car has recently released a brand new mobile phone app. Available in both iOS and Android flavors, the new app brings a lot of what you’d expect. Make reservations, manage bookings, use discounts, find coupons, and that kind of thing is all available with the latest version of their mobile software.
Alaska Airlines / Airlines / Airline News / iOS / Android / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / → All Tags
Downloading mobile apps for your phone or tablet is usually pretty simple and straightforward. This is still the case when it comes to accessing the online offerings from Alaska Airlines, but this month you’ll get a little bit more with your download. Things are still totally free, but the carrier is actually kicking in a few bucks for help out a good cause.
The airline is partnering up with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to help out all the coral—and fishies—doing their thing within the reefs over in the islands. Every time someone downloads an Alaska Airlines mobile application during the month of August a dollar will go to help out the ocean life. The minimum contribution will be $30,000, and things run through the month of August.
US Airways / Tech Travel / Android / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / Airline News / → All Tags
They might be a little late to the party—like years late—but it appears that US Airways is finally ready to start doing the mobile app thing. Just this week they released their very first piece of travel technology, and so far it is available in just one flavor—Android.
Expect a lot of the same from the US Airways app that you get from the competition, as you’ll be able to manage all the bits and pieces of your travel itinerary. Check-in for flights, book airfare, locate airline clubs, and of course load up that mobile boarding pass. Speaking of which, they’ve got some kind of spot right within the app where you can store and collect all your boarding passes in one convenient location.
United / Tech Travel / iOS / Android / iPhone / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / Airline News / United Airlines / → All Tags
When it comes to staying in touch with what your airline and airplane is doing there’s nothing better than an official airline app. All the airlines pretty much have them—except US Airways—and now United is adding a few new features to their offerings.
The latest version of the mobile app is still a version one release; so don’t really expect anything too radical or ridiculous. However, it now provides a few new options that will keep you moving when you’re on the go.
Hertz / Rental Cars / Cars / Tech Travel / Travel Tech / Mobile Apps / → All Tags
They might not rely on mobile apps and technology like the new kids on the block over at Silvercar, but Hertz does know a thing or two about the rental car experience. They’re leveraging their mobile capabilities to reward some of their best customers, and they’re introducing a nifty little feature that might brighten your day as your approach the rental car garage.
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members now have the ability to switch up their rental car selection right from their phone. That means changing your mind before buckling up, as Hertz will let you choose and switch to a different car with a few clicks, swipes, and gestures.