5 Trip Planning Apps for the DIY Adventurer - United Hub

5 trip planning apps for the DIY adventurer

By The Hub team, May 11, 2016

Planning your next group trip

There's a lot to think about when planning travel and for some — such as the hardcore go-getters out there who love to take control and do it all themselves — travel planning can actually be kind of fun. But even the most organized traveler still needs a little assistance, and luckily with today's technology, help is really just at your fingertips. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer who has always done it all yourself, or you're newer to planning it all without much help from others, there are some apps that can help make things a lot easier before and during your trip.

Get organized ahead of time

Triposo is today's answer to yesterday's heavy guidebooks. From Denmark to Vietnam, the app comes close to covering every corner of the world. As an added bonus each location's page provides a currency converter, weather, tours and even a cultural synopsis. Plus, you can sync the app to your Apple Watch for offline navigation.

Put your packing in order for any type of travel

It's easy to leave something out of your suitcase when packing, and people often remember they've forgotten the item once it's too late. With PackPoint, users can specify their destination and purpose of their travel in addition to length of stay. The app then draws up a list of items that the traveler could consider bringing based on the information submitted. PackPoint even provides a list of recommended clothing items based on expected weather during the user's trip.

Plan your days

TripSee is perfect for the traveler who prefers to plan the entire trip versus hiring someone to do it. Once a destination is inputted, the app will automatically generate a list of things to see and do around town that can be organized and added to an itinerary. Travelers can also sync their hotel information — dates, times, cost, phone numbers, addresses and more — via a confirmation number, which the app will collect and place into one itinerary for easy viewing.

Get local tips

Airbnb has experienced massive success with their online peer-to-peer accommodation platform, and now they are moving into a new realm of experiential travel. The new addition will now connect travelers with locals who can provide tours, give insider tips or offer different types of experiences — from hosting a cooking class to providing surf lessons. The new features are provided through their already successful and trusted platform, making the app a one-stop shop for accommodations and experiences.

Keep your group together

When traveling with your family or in a group, Glympse can help keep everyone together. The app serves a tracking device for each member and will send the location of any member who may have taken a detour, gotten lost or just off track. There's no more need for picking a meeting point, just in case, or having to ask, “What do you see around you?"

Ready to take on DIY travel? Start by visiting united.com or by downloading the United app to begin planning your next adventure.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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