Apple Watch Apps For Travelers

In addition to being a powerful communications tool and activity tracker, the Apple Watch can be a great companion when you travel. Thanks to a number of excellent third-party apps that have been made for the device, you can use your Watch to get around town, find things to do, and even in some cases unlock the door to your hotel room.

If you’re an avid traveler, or even just an occasional one, here are a few apps you’ll want to make sure you download before your next big trip:

Find Near Me

This one does exactly what you expect it to with a name like ‘Find Near Me.’ The app can help you find a number of different types of locations, ranging from ATMs to grocery stores, near your current location. Once you find somewhere you’d like to go, the app can provide you with info like the location’s address, website, phone number and directions. You can also read short reviews of places like restaurants and bars to get a feel for whether or not it’s somewhere that’s a good fit for you.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels partnered with Apple on its app, making it one of the first available for the wearable. With the app you can check into the hotel, view you hotel points balance, and even unlock you hotel room at some location.

Citymapper

Citymapper isn’t available in all cities, but for the ones it is, it can be an exceptionally powerful app to have on your wrist. The app can help you understand how public transportation works in the city you’re in and determine exactly when the next bus, train, or trolly will arrive.

From there, it can help make sure you get off on the right stop, and can even offer suggestions on what exit to take in the metro station to ensure you exit on the correct side of the street to get to your ultimate destination.

Yelp

Just like it’s desktop and mobile versions, Yelp’s Apple Watch app can be a great tool in finding things like coffee shops, restaurants and bars near you.

The Watch app gives you a quick look at what businesses are located around you, as well as their review ratings. You can tap into those you’re interested in to bring up the establishment’s business hours and address as well as a few selected reviews.

Open Table

Once you’ve found that perfect restaurant, use Open Table’s Apple Watch app to make a reservation. The app lets you book a table, receive reminders about upcoming reservations you’ve already made, and view a countdown ’til your reservation to make sure you make it to your meal on time.

XE Currency

If your travels take you overseas, the XE Currency can be a powerful tool to have quick access to. The Apple Watch app can give you a quick at-a-glance look at what the current exchange rate is, so you’ll know roughly what that price in Euros will be in dollars before you swipe your credit card.

Hotel Tonight

Searching for a last-minute hotel room? Hotel Tonight can help you find a hotel room where you are, often at a considerably discount than what you would pay for the same room on a normal basis.