THERE’S one thing that pretty much all travelers can agree on. Whether you’re catching the red eye for a business trip across country, or you’re setting off on an adventure of a lifetime, the hours spent hanging around at airports is a part of the experience that most people just want to get over with as quickly as possible.
The long lines, boredom, limited food options, with a healthy dose of jetlag to boot can make the hours of a layover feel like some form of penance you have to pay before you can enjoy your holiday.
We’re not the only ones to have noticed this; the tech world is also well-versed in the familiar tribulations of travel and they’re doing something about it. Here are four apps to make your airport visit suck a little less.
FLIO has you covered for everything you need to make your airport stopover as hassle-free as possible. The app has information on over 5,000 airports across the globe, giving you handy tips on easy access to public Wi-Fi, great deals on food and drink, real-time departures and arrivals data and ‘insider’ hints and tips.
Airport Transit Guide
This handy little app gets rave reviews from plenty of travel influencers. The BBC called it “an invaluable aid to the traveller,” and The New York Times calls it “One step behind comfortable shoes as a necessity for the air traveller.”
For those that travel internationally on the regular, this tool is priceless. It’s full of information on the best way to get from point A to point B within international airports. Should you ever find yourself stuck in an unfamiliar airport, the app lists nearby metered taxi services, suggests places where you can reserve a car at a cheap price and gives you handy advice on how to navigate local practices.
It also includes links to airport websites so, should your flight be delayed or cancelled, you can see what’s nearby and book another one if necessary. While it’s a little pricier than other apps, the indispensable nature of it makes it well worth it.
Entrain isn’t strictly an airport app but it can sure make your whole experience more bearable by keeping jetlag at bay. It does this by mapping out your sleep schedule according to your body’s circadian rhythms – basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness.
Entrain simulates your circadian clock on the phone and makes optimal lighting recommendations – when to seek light, and when to find dark – to help you adjust as fast as possible to new timezones and schedules.
The Flight Tracker is an airport departures/arrivals board for your pocket – and so much more. It contains in-depth information about flights and airlines; arrivals, departures, terminal and gates, delays, all in real time. But it also gives detailed aircraft information and seat maps, maps with live flight tracking information, terminal maps for major airports, and weather forecasts for your destination.
It will alert you in real time if there are any changes to your gate or terminal, as well as any changes to your scheduled departure or arrival times. There are also offline viewing features so you can, crucially, still use it while on the plane.