Gadgets and Technology for Millennial Travellers


By Carlota Nelson | 10:30

Millennial travellers crave convenience and use their smartphones to book, plan, travel and share their experience. Recent data shows that nearly a third of this travel segment use their smartphones for travel-related purposes and spend more than 50% longer browsing the Internet with these devices. That´s why they love their apps. Forget about traditional maps and guidebooks. This new breed of travellers use their mobile devices to enhance their travel experiences. Here are the best travel gadgets, technology and apps for these media and tech savvy travellers.

Planning Ahead

Thanks to apps like Tripit, Millennials can organize their travel plans and an itinerary is automatically built for them. It organizes all the details into one single place and is accessible anytime.

Winner of numerous awards for Best Travel or Airport App, GateGuru is another great planning device with which you can view all departing and arriving flights, but what makes this app absolutely fabulous is it tells you where to go in an airport if you’re going to be spending more time than you initially planned.  What better than enjoying a yoga room, massage or a great meal next time your flight is delayed?

Booking a Room

Millennial Travellers are impulsive and enjoy the freedom of spontaneity, even when it comes down to where they sleep. There are several great apps that seem created just for them.

Hotel Tonight allows you to book a room on the same day. It´s available in over 17 countries and has more than 5000 hotel partners. 

Arriving late? Use Checkmate to check-in before you arrive. That way the hotel will have time to prepare your room and take care of all the paperwork so you can head to your room as soon as you walk in the door.

Free Wi-Fi? Of course

Millennial Travellers are not the only ones who think Internet connection should be free.  For them, it´s not an amenity, it´s a real need. Although free wireless hotspots can be found in most urban areas, not all of them are free, and if it´s a need, it shouldn´t be left to luck. Wi-Fi Finder or Free Zone helps you locate wireless connections anywhere in the world. 

Getting Around

Roadtrippers is a free and easy-to-use app that helps you with everything you need, from tourist attractions to off-the-beaten-path sites. It even has maps and driving directions for over 75 thousand places. Want advice form a local? Roadtrippers has it all.

Hungry?

Millennial Travellers travel to eat and eat to travel, so food is very important to them. Eating at local restaurants and enjoying local cuisine is a great part of experiential travel. UrbanSpoon helps you find the best local restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It covers more than 800,000 restaurants and includes all prices ranges. The cool thing about this app is that it allows you to share photos and reviews with your friends. 

Rewards

Millennial travellers love rewards, awards and upgrades. The next time you check into a flight, add your frequent flyer number  with Dashlane. Forget your credit card? No worries, access it with this app.

Would you care to read about other must-have travel apps?  Which ones help you plan and make the most of your time?

Photo Credits: Ian Lamont, Nicola 

 

 

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