Best Online Tools and Apps for Safe Travel during the Holiday Season

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The time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. According to AAA, during the Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips increases by 54 percent, and during the Christmas/New Year holiday period the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the rest of the year. Luckily there are a number of mobile applications and websites to guide weary travelers on their journeys.

The first step in planning holiday travel is getting – and staying – organized. The free online travel concierge service TripIt automatically creates a master travel itinerary for travelers based on travel confirmation emails and reservations. TripIt itineraries include easy-to-forget travel details such as weather updates, local maps, flight status tracking and directions.

One of the most comprehensive resources for holiday trips is the Smart Traveler App, the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. The app provides easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps and more. Smart Traveler App is especially helpful for travelers heading overseas during the holiday season, as the app identifies U.S. Embassy locations and also shares updated travel safety and security alerts.

Worried about access to WiFi during your holiday travels? Be sure to download TripAdvisor Offline City Guides (free on iTiunes and Google Play) before taking off on a trip. This app allows users to access TripAdvisor reviews, photos and city maps even if a wireless data or WiFi signal is unavailable. Travelers who plan to use this tool should download any data or info they might need to access offline before arriving at a destination where WiFi is not available.

After a day of traveling to far-away destinations, travelers who have worked up an appetite can turn to to find the perfect meal. The mobile-friendly site helps hungry users preview menus from restaurants across the U.S.! Plan meals and filter menus by cuisine, location and price.

Perhaps you made a spur-of-the-moment decision to spend time out of town during the holiday season. If that’s the case, find a last-minute hotel room using the mobile app Hotel Tonight. In addition to providing users with as many available hotel room options as possible, the app guarantees the best rate possible and offers 24 hours a day/7 days a week customer support – even during the holiday travel season!

If you are planning your holiday travel by car, GasBuddy is a convenient and cost-saving mobile app designed to help drivers find the lowest-priced gas while on the road. The free app locates gas stations and displays each station’s current prices. Gas prices are regularly updated by the app’s users, so if you spot a great gas deal on-the-go, be sure to add it to the app.

Using these mobile apps and websites – powered by your Frontier Communications broadband connection – you can plan for a safe and happy holiday travel season!