Top 8 Must-Have Travel Apps for Your Phone

Technology has made traveling a much more pleasurable experience eliminating much of the stress of traveling. Don’t speak the local language? Not a problem, there’s an app for that. Actually there are phone apps for almost anything you can imagine that you may need during your holiday. Most are free. Here are some of our favourite travel apps you might want to download for your next vacation.

Pano, an award winning app that allows you to capture stunning panoramic images from your phone. Your photos will be even more memorable capturing the essence of the area. Pano allows you to take up to 16 photos and create a panoramic image. The apps’ algorithms allow seamless blending of images in just seconds! No other software is necessary.

Traveling by air? Flight Aware is a handy app that allows you to track your flight and automatically notifies you of any flight delays, gate changes or cancellations.

Urbanspoon uses your phones’ GPS to pick popular local restaurants in a particular neighborhood. Urbanspoon is available in several countries, including US, Canada, Australia and UK. Simply “shake” your phone and nearby restaurants will slide up and down your screen like a slot machine. A comparable app, Open Table is a completely international restaurant locator with the added ability to make reservations.

Got a led foot? Consider adding Trapster app to your phone. Trapster alerts you to speed traps and other roadway problems. Users can submit tips on speed traps, cameras or other delays and the app notifies other users in the area.

While being out and about it’s always nice to know where there are good, clean restrooms. Even more important in unfamiliar areas. The Sit or Squat app allows you to view, rate and add bathrooms by using your phones’ GPS.

Yelp also uses your phone’s GPS to provide you with a list of local businesses in more than a dozen categories, from movie theaters and restaurants to taxi companies and drug stores. Yelp even allows you to make a reservation with Open Table (reviewed above) without leaving Yelp. Pretty cool.

And for those vacationing in places where you don’t speak the native language, a must-have travel app is Jibbigo. It allows you to speak an English phrase into your phone and Jibbigo will recite the translation into a variety of languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Thai and Chinese. While similar to Google Translate, it doesn’t require a data connection, which can get expensive. The cost of the app will more than pay for itself over the course of your holiday.

What are some of your must-have travel apps? Why did they come in handy during your travels?

Tips to Utah Ski Resorts

Salt Lake City is a unique destination. Where else can you travel in North America and be within a couple of hour’s drive of so many world-class ski resorts? With so many choices how do you decide where to spend your time? No matter your decision, you will be sure to enjoy breathtaking scenery, some of the best snow on earth and plenty of thrills and challenges for all ability levels.

Vacations are expensive, especially if you have a family. We have provided some tips to help you save some money as well as get the most out of your Utah ski and boarding holiday.

  1. Discounted tickets … Everyone likes a discount but you cannot buy discounted lift tickets at the mountain. Only 2 ski shops (AJ Motion Sports and Canyon Sports) in Salt Lake City have an agreement with Utah’s Ski Resorts and offer a range of tickets at discounted prices.  With discounted tickets you can ski for as little as $47 (an adult all day pass at Sundance) and $56 (an adult all day pass at Brighton).
  2. Alta offers $10 tickets after 3pm which is perfect for beginners or those who just want to do a couple of runs.
  3. Kids ski free… Families will be interested to know that kids under 7 ski for free at Park City and Brighton.
  4. “Quick Start Program”…Ski your first day free in Salt Lake City…3 resorts (Park City, The Canyons and Deer Valley) offer the “free day of flight skiing”, after arriving in the morning, ski for free in the afternoon. Just present your same-day boarding pass and convert it into a same-day lift ticket. The Quick Start Program does have some rules and regulations and requires you to register online but what better way to start your ski and boarding holiday?
  5. Spend more time on the mountain less time on the lift…at Brighton where 100% of its terrain is accessed by high speed quads.
  6. Are you looking for more than thrills? Consider Sundance , an award winning resort offering a multitude of specialized services and a resort that is actively dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of nature.
  7. Night time fun?Wolf Mountain  has been voted the best resort for night skiing in the Valley.
  8. Skiing in April?Snowbird might be a good choice offering the longest ski season in Utah ending sometime in May depending on conditions.
  9. Uncrowded atmosphere and great terrain? … Check out Eagle Point , Utah’s newest ski resort and is a great option for those looking for some serious adventure offering some of the best backcountry skiing in southern Utah.
  10. Highest base elevation and more…Brian Head boasts Utah’s highest base elevation with really affordable lift tickets. An adult all-day lift pass is $49. Children under 5 ski free. Brian Head is also the only resort to offer 6 lanes of tubing serviced by a lift. Now that is some serious fun!

For a more comprehensive comparison of Utah’s ski resorts check out our ski guides including comparative ski statistics for  Salt Lake City and Utah.

Care to share your experiences skiing and boarding in Utah? What’s your favorite mountain? Any tips for people planning their next ski vacation?