A few of my favorite travel apps

Photo credit: Heather Poole / LAX

This piece, written by Contributing Editor Margaret Loftus, appeared as part of the “Perfect Layover” package that appeared in the November 2013 issue of National Geographic’s Traveler magazine.

Flight attendant Heather Poole–aka blogger and best-selling author of Cruising Altitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet–shares smartphone tools that will get you flying high in no time.

Afraid to fly?

MyRadar is a lifesaver. Red, blue, yellow, green…watch the weather light up your screen. Users can see exactly when, where, how long, and how severely turbulence will happen.

On one flight, the captain had instructed the crew to take our jump seats. Five minutes later, a passenger in the last row was using the app and turned around to say, “You can get up now.” Two seconds later the captain called to say the same.

No place to stay?

HotelTonight offers last-minute deals in a dozen countries. Get $25 credits with your first booking, for each friend who signs up, and when friends make their first bookings. At noon daily, hotels are listed by cities and type (like hip, basic, luxe)–quick and easy.

Desperate for coffee?

GateGuru gives airport-goers an inside edge, outlining food, shopping, services, reviews, ratings, and maps. Find out if your flight is delayed (and for how long), which gate it’s departing from, and where to get the closest latte. There’s also a link to last-minute car rental deals.



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