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Travel apps for every need

Traveling the world? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that. These days there are apps for pretty much anything you need, but some become more popular than others. Some even become favorites of travel agents that they use when they are scouting new locations and trips.

Beth Johnston was recently introduced to TripIt by a friend. “I love that it keeps track of all of your travel plans and allows you to share your plans with other family members or friends,” said Johnston, of Travel Designer.

TripIt has a free version as well as a paid version for $49 per year. Both offer organization for travel itineraries, syncing travel plans with calendars, and storage for travel documents. The paid version offers flight and seat information and more.

Z’Andrea English of ZVE Travels called out Ship Mate as a favorite. “It helped me find the secret deck on the cruise ship I was on,” said English.

The Ship Mate app allows users to access cruise itineraries and excursions. Cruisers can see who they are sailing with as well. The app also provides information about the ship itself, which is helpful for agents to know.

Right now the app that Samarah Meil uses the most is FlightAware. “I love to track my clients’ flights, and it is an app I use daily,” said Meil of Amarillo Travel Network.

FlightAware provides live flight data, airport delays, fuel prices, airline operational tools, weather maps, flight planning, flight routes, oceanic tracks and navigation charts, aviation news and photos.

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