The Best Travel Apps, Period

We noted which apps require pay, so if we don’t mention it, it’s free and available to iOS or Android users, unless otherwise noted.

Yes, there is an app for too many things to count, indeed, just about anything! And since we’ve been talking about travel, decided to dig around in a few easy applications to help you with sleeping over, flying, dining, navigating and safety. We noted which apps require pay, so if we don’t mention it, it’s free and available to iOS or Android users, unless otherwise noted.

Flying
• Dealray
It’s $9.99 per month that will help you find inexpensive flight deals, alerts you to big price decreases, sales and error fares. Sorry, this one is iOS, but no Android.

• Freebird
Once you record your flight on this site, they will alert you if the flight is delayed by four or more hours or canceled. You can also book a new flight on any airline; one-way fees start at $19.

• Skiplagged
This is a fun app that helps you find one-way tickets with a stopover. The fun starts at the stop over location because you aren’t returning to the plane for your original destination. This is an option usually less expensive than a non-stop flight.

Dining
• Grab
Who has these good ideas? This app looks at restaurant menus inside the airport, map them for you and in some cases, even helps you order in advance so you can grab and go on your race to the gate. Today, it lists over 170 restaurants at 17 US airports.

• HappyCow
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and you enjoy travel you must download this app! It will find restaurants for you in over 10,000 world cities. London, New York City, and Moldova and they provide very brief menu descriptions as well as customer reviews. There is a cost of $3.99.

• Velocity
Velocity tells you where all the hot restaurants are located, and you can also pay your bill or share it with your dining partner. They are working on adding the most popular spots for an exciting nightlife in Gstaad and Verbier in Switzerland as well as Aspen, Colorado.

Hotels
• AsYouStay
This app helps ease some of the pressures of making sure you check in by 3 pm and out by noon. The app owners have partnered with over 50 properties in New York City and about a dozen more in South Beach, Miami. Coming soon, Chicago and San Francisco.

• Chatnbook
iOS is available today, and Android is still in testing, but this app lets you load your travel details and once you do the app will deliver properties which meet your specifications. If you tap on the right symbol (green thumbs up), your chosen hotel will contact you directly with their best rates.

• Dayuse.com
If you have an extended layover, this app helps you book a room for just a few hours so you can grab a hot shower, nap or just clean up a tad. Their 3,000 hotels usually offer as much as 75 percent off standard nightly rates.

• Hostelworld
The purpose of this a is to bring single travelers together in either boozy events, private rooms or having fun at communal activities.

• Oasis
Oasis offers a variety of luxury short term apartment rentals in about two dozen locations. Rio, Miami, and Milan to name a few and you will have 24/7 concierge service to help with tour bookings, restaurant and theater tickets.

• Roomer
Substantial discounts on hotel rooms from other travelers who have had to unexpectedly had to cancel their trips. You can expect discounts of about 30 to 80 percent. And if this has happened to you, sell your reservation here as well.

• TripHappy
And happy is what you’ll be when this app finishes dissecting 37 million pieces of data and spits out the best places and hoods for you to stay in during your travels. Then you can sort your results by rating or price.

Navigation
• Cool Cousin
We don’t know about you guys, but none of our cousins are very cool. LOL. But this application sure is cool! Collections of “off-the-beaten-path” recommendations from residents in 14 destinations. A mixologist in London and an artist in Paris are two fun examples. You can expect to see some trendy suggestions here!

• Sidekix
While it may not be the shortest route, this app will give you the best walking instructions that will meet your preferences and interests. It is currently prepared for us in over 100 prime cities, and more are being added every week.

Driving

• Rideways
By entering your trip destinations and times, you can schedule a “rideway,” which is owned by Priceline to book a taxi, train or bus in over 500 worldwide cities. It’s a more cost-effective way to travel.

• Turo
This app lets you rent automobiles from owners. You may have known it as RelayRides; it’s prior name. It’s available for both US and Canadian users. You can search for any desired vehicle and likely find it for a much lower rate than a rental agency. Europe has recently been added to their service area.

• Wingz
Book your travel methods here in over a dozen metropolitan US cities. You know in advance the cost, the name of your driver and if you have a favorite, you can request him or her. All drivers have been checked out via their DMV records.

Health and safety
• Binaural
Who knew there was an app to help us fight jet lag? This app uses binaural beats, which are sounds that many cultures have relied upon for hundreds of years to relax. These repeated “beats” can improve learning and focus, reduce anxiety and relax your mind.

• Geosure
For whatever area you are in, the app can report a personal safety score, environmental threats, health risks, political threats and information about thefts and assaults in the area via crowdsourcing. It is a location-sensitive app.

• My Panda
This app tells you the level of security via GPS. It was founded shortly after the Paris terror attacks in 2015. In some locations, it will also direct you to the nearest police station and a one click option to call them.

Top 5 Places in Mexico to Visit

Mexico has a stellar reputation for their town-like resorts that have everything from A to Z on site. It’s the towns surrounding the resorts.

Mexico has a stellar reputation for their town-like resorts that have everything from A to Z on site. It’s the towns surrounding the resorts that offer us incredible color and the pure culture of Mexico. Mexico is ranked seventh in the world for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, of which there are only 34 in total. So maybe getting off the beaten path isn’t such a bad idea, there is a little something for everyone. If you lean towards the aesthete, oenophile (wine tasting), gourmand, beach bum or history buff, we have a suggested site for each of you, and some of you may enjoy all five. Ready, set, go!

5. Aesthete, Guadalajara
Historic architecture meets the arts and modern design in this colorful city. In the Lafayette district, we suggest staying at either Hotel Demetria or Casa Fayette, because they are both within minutes of galleries, bars, eateries and design shops.
• The Travesi Cuatro, established in 2003, displays a compilation of both Latin American and European works of art. Owners Silvia Ortiz and Ines Lopez-Quesada opened a new location at Casa Franco. It’s in a 1929 building designed by architect, Luis Barragan
• Paramo Galeria exhibits the works of new artists
• Curro y Poncho offers great architecture and diverse art and is home to studios for Gonzalo Lebrija, Joe Davila, and Eduardo Sarabia
• The Instituto Cultural Cabanas displays the work of Eduardo Sarabia and murals by Jose Clemente Orozco
• Ceramica Suro is owned and curated by Jose Nor Suro, and he works to create limited-edition ceramics with artists

4. Oenophile, San Miguel de Allende
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada or Rosewood San Miguel de Allende are two excellent hotels to establish a home base for your daily mini trips to restaurants, markets, and charming boutiques.
• The winery tour kicks off at Cuna de Tierra where you’ll ride on a wagon to view the vineyards, followed by a trip to the barrel room to learn how this wine differs from all others worldwide. The Dolores Hidalgo region is home to Mexico’s best Nebbiolo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
• Bodega Dos Buhos
• Binicola Toyan
• A horseback ride through 450-year-old chapels, hacienda ruins, villages and awesome views of both the Golden Corridor of San Miguel De Allende and the Guanajuato Sierra

3. Gourmand, Mexico City
Here we go, foodies! This capital city offers everything from taco stands to luxury dining.
• At the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, you’ll be steeped in luxury,
• At Condesa DF find contemporary, trendy design
• At Downtown Mexico, treat yourself to a friendly rooftop bar.
• To start eating, head off and call on the street vendors and be sure to try the elotes, corn on the cob, drenched in Mexican crema, spices and cotija cheese.
• Visit the home of Chefs Jorge and Beto and learn some new recipes for tamales and chalupas, but save room for
• Dessert at Temporal. Chef Diego Perez Turner custom makes chocolate and mezcal, the marriage of two Mexican classics

2. Beach Bum, Isla Holbox
Neighbor to Cancun, but a lot tamer, the entire island is only 26 miles long and under two miles wide. Expect to find lots of hammocks and relaxation here and leave the tourists in Cancun.

• If you prefer something a bit rowdier, then Cancun is your answer. Since the roads and sidewalks are made of sand, you can forget about your shoes and enjoy the feel of sand ‘tween your toes.
• The Yum Balam, an ecological reserve is home to flamingos and pelicans and since the waters here are protected, the largest fish in the world, a whale shark might sail by.
• And you can snorkel with all the fish.
• Check into either Las Nubes or Casa Sandra Boutique Hotel for your rest.
• Casa Sandra offers a breakfast of fresh fruit, hibiscus-lemon tea, and banana bread. Grab some ceviche for lunch at Las Panchas and show up at Lobster Pizza for dinner.

1. Historian, Merida
A great place for the history buff, this is a colonial city, on top of the older Mayan city of Tho and the area is filled with rich hacienda owner homes from the past. Both cars and horses will work on these narrow cobblestone streets.
• The Museo Regional Antropologia inside Palacio Canton is the best place to learn all about Merida history and Mayan culture
• Museo de la Cancion Yucateca will be filled with the history of music
• El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya houses relics that date back to Mexico’s beginning
• Palacio de Gobierno displays beautiful murals of the Spanish takeover of the Mayans
• Barrio de Santiago is the location of a 17th-century church, Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
• For a stroll known as the Champs-Elysees of Merida, you can see historical colonial mansions on Paseo de Montejo
• Casa Lecanda is a charming seven-room boutique hotel with gorgeous Spanish tiles and European architecture if you’re looking for a place to stay
• Casa Azul is another option that is nearby Paseo de Montejo

Top 10 Retirement Trips of a Lifetime

If you’ve been thinking about full retirement and what you might do with all that added time on your hands, we have the answers for you here: travel, travel and travel some more.

If you’ve been thinking about full retirement and what you might do with all that added time on your hands, we have the answers for you here: travel, travel and travel some more. What was once an annual week or two-week vacation is now a permanent vacation, so let’s go and enjoy ourselves!

10. Blue Ridge Parkway

The parkway is an incredible 469-mile drive through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina. It is at its most beautiful during the autumn season when the leaves are turning bright, golden colors. The trip comes complete with hiking trails, rest areas with spectacular views as well as history and culture opportunities along the way. In North Carolina, be sure to stop and tour the 1895 creation through the 250 room Biltmore Estate, with beautiful gardens.

9. Israel

You will gain great historical and religious insights visiting the small country of Israel. For great beaches and clubs, hit Tel Aviv where you will also find the famous Care Noir and the unique Carmel Market filled with textiles, fresh foods, teas, and herbs. The Romain ruins are north of Tel Aviv, in Caesarea, which also offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Dome of the Rock in must see Jerusalem as well as the Crucifixion, the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall. Use of the concierge service at the Ben Gurion Airport is recommended.

8. Ireland

Get your green on with the friendly lads and lasses of fantastic Ireland. Trinity College is in Dublin where you will find a ton of Irish history. Guinness Storehouse must be on your list of stops for a pint or two of ale, and if you don’t cater to beer, the 360-degree view of the city will amaze and leave you breathless. Kinsale, Belfast, Emerald Isle, Dingle, and Killarney offer the country’s picturesque lush greenery. Wicklow Mountain and Killarney National Parks should be very near the top of your list as well. To see the departure point for the doomed Titanic, visit Cobh in County Cork. Careful if you decide to drive lefties!

7. China

Kick off a trip to the mysterious orient in Beijing, and visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Hike the 4,000-mile Great Wall with its breathtaking and historical views of China. In Shanghai, sachet along the Bund to see the colonial era architecture. And you must hit the restaurants for a taste of soup dumplings.

6. Southeast Asia River Cruise

What could be more relaxing that a massive cruise ship delivering you to gorgeous, exotic, ancient temples in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as the “Paris of the Orient”)? Nothing, except maybe an overnight visit in Ha Long Bay with incredible views of limestone rock formations. With the painful history of the country, areas have emerged stronger and more beautiful, see the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum and witness some of those memories.

5. Canadian Rockies

If you have yet to hop a train, you must board Rocky Mountaineer’s glass dome cars to see spectacular views of Jasper, Yoho and Banff National Parks plus Lake Louise. The highlight will no doubt be the Continental Divide to exciting Vancouver. Via their Ice Exploration Vehicle, get a glorious view of the Athabasca Glacier and six mountain ranges.

4. Sicily

In the toe of the iconic boot, Sicily offers its capital city of Palermo with outdoor markets, cathedrals, street foods and Mt. Etna, an active volcano. Explore ancient ruins or enjoy the coastal beaches and fresh seafood restaurants. Parking in the cities will be a challenge so definitely consider the train, bus or hiring a private driver.

3. Scottsdale, Arizona

Just a few miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, enter the enchanting world of The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician Hotel. This resort provides complimentary breakfast buffets, daily cocktail hours, spa services and an infinity pool. Oh, did we mention exquisite, fine dining options? Relaxing with a good book is easy too, visit the best seller’s library, and read peacefully in the cactus garden. There is even a movie theater on the property! Golf, complete with views of local nature and wildlife or a golf course safari if you’d rather leave your clubs at home.

2. Costa Rica

You will hear the locals say, “para Vida,” which means “enjoy life and be happy.” We can’t think of any better advice with opportunities to visit jungles, rain forests, volcanoes, hot springs and the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Wildlife includes whales, monkeys, sloths, sea turtles, wildcats and reptiles all in their natural habitats. Inside any of their resorts or five-star hotels, you will feel rested, relaxed and completely stress-free.

1. Australia

Last, but not least, going down under isn’t as much fun unless you can do it without having any time restrictions. From Sydney’s opera house to Kangaroo Island’s nature reserve to the Great Barrier Reef to the dense Otway rainforests, you will marvel at the beauty. You can even cruise along the Yarra River in Melbourne to see the beautiful skyline.