5 Apps That Will Make Your Summer Vacations Rock

The following post is from Lauren Rothlisberger of Get Me Geeky:

5 Apps That Will Make Your Summer Vacations Rock at lifeyourway.net

It’s that time of year. Summer vacations are about to start. Whether you have a big trip planned or a more low-key family “stay-cation” in the works, there are hundreds apps that help make a vacation more fun.

Take a look at five of my favorites.

1. Passbook

What the heck is passbook? Passbook is Apple’s wallet for your iPhone. Within Passbook you can store boarding passes, tickets, store cards (think Target) or coupons. Once you are in Passbook you determine which cards/information you want to link to your Passbook. You will need to go into the App Store to load the apps from the different airlines, stores or ticket providers.

Not only does this help keep track of travel information, a lot of the store cards you can add offer discount found only on your iPhone.

2. WeatherBug

Alright this may seem a little obvious, but be sure to download one of the more high-end weather apps. Not only do you want the forecast, but an app with radar information is really useful when you are sitting on the beach or driving long distances. Mostly it saves you from getting poured on at the beach or stuck driving through a terrible storm!

3. iMovie for iPhone

Vacation is full of lots of memories, hopefully some of which you are able to capture on video. iMovie for iPhone allows you to easy compile your photos and videos into a fun little compilation video. You simply choose the media (your video clips) you want to use, clip the portion you want, add title, transitions and music. Put it all together and you get a professional looking video. Bonus that it is easy to send to family and friends, or upload to a social media site. (Mashable has a good tutorial here.)

This is an easy and fun way to put all the good times in one spot so you can revisit them over and over again!

4. Coppertone

Depending on time of year, or what part of the country you are vacationing it may be hard to tell when you need sunscreen. Those UV rays can still get you on a cloudy day. Keep the Coppertone app handy to check on the UV index. It uses GPS to determine your location and gets you up-to-date information.

Why does this make your vacation rock? Have you ever had a bad sunburn on a trip? There is nothing fun about spending your time in an aloe bath instead of enjoying a cold beverage and a good book.

Editor’s note: I love the sound of this app, but be sure to read my thoughts about sunscreen and skin cancer before you buy one of the conventional brands to protect you from sunburn!

5.  AirBnb

AirBnb is like a cross between a hotel and a bed and breakfast. It is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Airbnb is an opportunity for your family to book a whole house without having to stay for a week like a normal vacation rental. It is also a great way to stay in local neighborhoods instead of the touristy parts of town. There is a great iPhone app or checkout Airbnb.com!

A good trip has a lot to do with your initial landing spot, and there is nothing worse than seeing your hard-earned money go into a place that wasn’t quite what you imagined. With Airbnb you can browse all the reviews of past vacationers before making your decision.

What apps do you recommend for summer vacation?

Lauren Rothlisberger blogs and consults over at Get Me Geeky. As a military wife, mom of three girls and one new baby boy, she loves focusing on technology and productivity and finding new ways to simplify her life. She recently started putting together MacMinis, which are easy to follow videos for Mac users, and also wrote an ebook, Evernote for Moms.