You could say 2015 was a year of many things, but it will definitely be remembered as a "purge" year. We can thank organizational guru Marie Kondo and her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing for inspiring many of us to get rid of the things in our lives that we just don't need anymore (and for our drawers of strategically-placed folded clothing… but that's a story for another day).
So it came as no surprise when The New York Times writer Stephanie Rosenbloom published the rundown of her top travel apps that she will keep using in 2016. And the others? Delete them, she will. Here are some of Rosenbloom's favorite travel apps that may come in handy for all of your 2016 getaways:
1. LiveTrekker: Ever wander around on a trip and forget the names of the places you loved when you go to give your friends a rec months later? This French app will actually track all of your vacation whereabouts and save them on an online map (which comes in particularly handy when you make a repeat trip or want to share with friends who are following in your travel footsteps). Cost: free.
2. Bravolol: This brand's apps pronounce common phrases in another language so you can repeat them and sound fluent. Okay, maybe not fluent, but you will be able to ask where the restroom is. Cost: basic version, free; $4.99 for additional categories.
3. Vurb: A single location where you can use all your tried-and-true favorites like Fandango, Foursquare, Uber, OpenTable, and Safari in the same app. Basically, it's a multitasker's dream. Cost: free.
4. NOAA Radar Pro: Packing for a trip is a cinch when you can get accurate weather readings in multiple locations at once. It also tracks precipitation, wind, visibility, and what the weather actually feels like, which helps when you're trying to decide when to catch the outdoor sights. Cost: basic version, free; ad-free and pro version: $1.99.
5. XE Currency: For those of us who are mathematically challenged, currency conversion isn't all that simple on the fly (are you really getting a bargain at that flea market abroad?). It also updates in real time to make sure the conversion rate is as accurate as possible. Cost: free; a pro-version for $2.29 means you can track more currencies at once).
If you already have these, you need to keep 'em. And if you don't? Time to get downloading.
See the full list of travel apps here.
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What is your favorite travel app? Did it make the list?