While Thanksgiving week might be one of the busiest times of the year to fly, not all travelers are taking flight to get home for the holidays. Some are driving their own cars, renting one or even taking to the rails to get to Thanksgiving dinner on time. With a sea of useful travel apps for those flying for the holiday, travelers not up in the air are left to search for their own tools to help them travel for Thanksgiving. Luckily, there are several apps you can use to assist with your Thanksgiving travels even if you aren’t flying for the holiday.
Amtrak App: If you aren’t taking to the skies for Thanksgiving, you might be going by rail. In that case, you will want to download the Amtrak app. You can access all of the necessary travel information you might need including the status of trains arriving and departing. In the chaos of holiday travel, you might forget to print your ticket. Luckily you can also use the Amtrak app’s eTicket feature instead. The app can also inform you about station amenities and hours. It can also help you modify your reservation and upgrade your seat. The Amtrak app is available for the iPhone and Android and comes free of charge.
Waze: If you are hitting the road for your Thanksgiving travels, you will want to know what lies on the road up ahead and how to dodge any problems. Waze is one of the world’s largest social based traffic apps. While it helps you navigate, it also aims to point you on the best route to outsmart traffic. The app will alert you before you approach accidents, police, road hazards and traffic jams. You merely need to type in your destination and just drive with the app open. It also features a component where you can find the best gas prices along your route. As Waze is community driven, you can also contribute tips to other drivers on detours you encounter on the road. Waze is available in the iTunes store and on Goggle Play. It is free to download.
Weather.com App: You can encounter any number of problems for Thanksgiving Day travel, one of which being the weather. You don’t need to merely know the weather to see if your flight will be delayed but also a detailed weather forecast is essential for travelers going by other modes of transport. While there are dozens of weather apps, the Weather.com app provides plenty of detailed weather forecasts, specifically details within 1.5 miles of your location. The app also allows you to look at the road ahead to see what is on the future radar in the direction you are headed. The app is free to download and can be found on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.
Your Car Rental Company’s App: Even if you do have to fly for Thanksgiving, you might still have to navigate the roads to your relative’s house. In this case, you will want your car rental company’s app. Most of the major car rental carriers have an app where you can stay up to date on your reservation. These apps also tend to prove useful when you can’t seem to find your reservation and the exact address of your car rental location.
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