10 APPS TO MAKE TRAVELING IN 2016 EASIER

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Several apps have recently been released to make life on the go a little easier for travelers. Are you in another city and want a fitness trainer? Want to book a room at a small luxury hotel, get advice from a travel agent or turn your digital photos into real postcards? As the famous commercial said, “There’s an app that”— and much more.

Here are 10 of our favorites

TRN: This app delivers on-demand access to qualified specialists who help users work out when, where and how they want with a customized fitness session based on their health needs. Users can select a routine, including Pilates, yoga, training and swimming, and a qualified trainer will come to them. The iOS app (coming soon for Anroid) works only in New York and Miami, but other cities will be added soon.

Jetzy: Jetzy bills itself as “the world’s first geo-location-based, user-to-user social app to connect people with a passion for travel.” Users can chat with other travelers or locals to get recommendations, share images and more. Use the iOS and Android app to talk to a resident of your destination city, for example, and discover hidden gems for entertainment, dining and more. The app also rewards users with JetPoints that can be redeemed for spa vouchers, dinners and free trips.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World: This new iPhone app gives users the ability to search more than 520 Small Luxury Hotels by hotel name, destination or experience using Google Maps. Small luxury hotels can be difficult to find in a sea of big brands, and this app works to solve that for the niche properties in its portfolio. It offers detailed information about each hotel, including photos. Users can click a button to book a room and share their experiences through the app.

JetSmarter: This mobile app works very much like an Uber for private jets by letting users book private planes at the push of a button. Users can search, book and pay from their iOS or Android device. The app also shows users last-minute JetDeals, and JetSmarter members also get to fly on certain shuttle routes for free. Membership is $9,675 per year, but the app is free.

StubHub: Though StubHub has been around for a while, it has a new function worth mentioning. The app—for iOS and Android—now scans your music libraries and sports preferences and notifies you in real-time when your favorite bands or sports teams are playing in your hometown or in cities to which you’re traveling.

Just Ahead: The award-winning app that turns your smartphone into a GPS audio tour recently added one of the country’s most popular open-road drives. Just Ahead’s new Interstate 15 guide tells the driver and passengers about gunslingers, crazy characters and history along 400 well-traveled miles of the interstate from Los Angeles to St. George, Utah, by way of Las Vegas and Hoover Dam. Available for iOS and Android.

TripScope: This app hopes to modernize the role of travel agents with an on-demand model that enables a virtual collaboration between travelers and agents. Users are paired with a pre-vetted professional agent, available at the touch of a button, from the first stages of planning to the flight home and everything in between. And it’s all free. The iOS and Android app gives users a digital itinerary complete with tickets, confirmations, maps, activity recommendations and more.

Postly: This new platform provides an easy solution for travel lovers who want to make the most of their vacation photos. Users can take a picture, upload it to Postly on their phone and hit send in seconds. The recipient will get a real, authentic-looking postcard. Worldwide postcard delivery costs $1.99, but the app is free for iOS and Android.

VIVA Luxury: VIVA Luxury bills itself as the “first luxury lifestyle recommendation app for millennials with discerning taste.” VIVA (iOS only) uses artificial intelligence and a team of curators to recommend quintessential restaurants, events and activities in the world’s top cities.

Bellhop: Basically a digital concierge, Bellhop allows users to book services, including restaurant reservations, food delivery, transportation, housekeeping, shows and events, tours and activities from anywhere in the world. The app is currently in the beta testing phase with plans for a full rollout in 2017. Beta testing signup is free.