Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in the Holidays can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.
Here are some ways to make the journey a bit less taxing.
FlightAware tracks not only your flight’s status but also any delays or cancellations, even gate changes. The ExpertFlyer app has a feature called “seat alert,” which informs you when a seat you want to snag becomes available. If you have the pleasure of a connecting flight, consider FlightBoard.
Or, if you want to keep it simple, get the app of the airline you’re flying. That will typically let you do things such as get a boarding pass or – gulp – rebook your flight.
While Amtrak has an app that lets you make or change reservations and check the status of your train, local and regional public transit doesn’t have the same range of resources as air travel.
The popular app Waze tries to solve that problem by asking drivers to report traffic and other problems, which the app then shares with other users.