Your vacation begins long before you leave for the airport. It starts the very second you start researching and doesn't end until you're back home and sleeping in your own bed again.
Where should you go? When should you leave? What should you do when you're there? What if you're in a country where English isn't the main language? What if you want to connect with locals? How will you find your way around?
Wouldn't you know it, we here at Komando.com have come up with a list of apps that can put all of those answers into the palm of your hand. Before you start planning your next trip, make sure you have these seven must-have travel apps for Android and Apple.
1. Find the best days to fly
If you are flexible with the days and where you want to travel, you can easily plan a trip with a rock-bottom price with the Skyscanner app.
With Skyscanner you can see flight prices on a color-coded calendar, which helps you quickly spot the days with the lowest prices. Plus, if you're up for an exciting new destination, Skyscanner has an "Everywhere" search option. Use it to find cheap travel deals around the world. Just enter your nearest airport, and let the adventure begin.
2. Book your flight and room
Need to find a flight or book a hotel room? Kayak has you covered. Need to track your flight status or check baggage fees? Kayak does that, too. You can even find rental cars and create an itinerary for your trip. The app contains hotel reviews, so you don't end up sleeping on dirty sheets. You can look at a hotel's overall score and see what other users are saying.
3. Get packing
PackPoint Packing List Travel Companion is a handy app that builds packing lists specifically for you, and specifically for your destination. Just tell the app how long your trip will be, where you're going, and any activities that you might have planned. PackPoint will check the weather for you, and build you a list of appropriate items to take with you. You will see a list of basic essentials like socks and underwear, as well as your tech checklist, which includes things like your tablet and smartphone charger.
4. Navigate the airport Gate Guru
If you're going to be hanging out at the airport a little while between flights, you'll want to have GateGuru on your phone. Besides offering real-time flight status reports, security wait times and other gate information, GateGuru offers a full look at airports themselves with lists of airport restaurants, shops and services complete with more than 35,000 reviews and tips with 10,000 photos from fellow travelers. Not only that, you can use GateGuru to reserve airport rental cars at a discount too.