Smart watches are increasingly en vogue for travelers on-the-go because, unlike smart phones, they don’t have to constantly be pulled out of your pocket or purse. So what apps do smart watch wearing travelers need? Travel apps, of course! Until Apple releases their upcoming smart watch, the top platforms for wrist apps are Pebble and Android Wear, but we’ll definitely update this article one the first Apple Watch apps become available.
Here are ten you need on your smart watch now:
TripCase – Available for Pebble and Android Wear, this amazing app sends important travel notifications, like flight updates and gate changes, directly to your wrist. There’s no more convenient way to stay on top of your travel.
PayPal – Both Pebble and Android Wear users can enjoy the convenience of paying for items with nothing more than the swipe of their watch at PayPal friendly establishments. It also has notifications that keep you up-to-date with your account status.
@here – This app was built specifically for Android Wear users and is a lifesaver for travelers trying to find their way around unfamiliar surroundings. Simply launch the app with your voice and you will see your current location and address. If you wish, you can then use the app to open to your location in Google Maps on your smart phone.
PebbGPS – Pebble users looking for a little GPS assistance will love this free app, which shows your location on a map, and even supplies you with directions to wherever you need to go.
Yelp – For Pebble users, this app perfectly condenses the bare essentials of Yelp for viewing on a smart watch, offering a no-nonsense way to explore in new areas. You can even ask the app to simply “show you something interesting nearby,” and it will.
tinyCam Monitor Pro for IP Cam – Android Wear users who have IP surveillance cameras at their home will love this app because it lets you view security system footage right on your watch! You may be hundreds (or even thousands) of miles from home, but you can make sure things are fine at home simply by glancing at your wrist.
Futura Weather – This simple app for Pebble supplies location-based information on weather conditions (which are updated every 15 minutes), so you’ll always know what to wear (or pack) even in the most unfamiliar of places.
Lyft – For Android Wear users, Lyft’s app makes finding a ride as easy as speaking into your watch. Once your Lyft car has been requested you can track the time until your driver reaches your destination.
Pebtris (for Pebble) and TetroCrate (for Android Wear) – Both apps are takeoffs of the classic Nintendo game Tetris. Travelers have to suffer through a lot of down time, so these apps are ideal when you need a quick diversion or something to do while standing in line.
Pedometer – This app for Pebble helps you keep track of the number of steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned. You can also set it to keep track of your fitness goals.
Written by Heather Spohr. Heather is a writer and philanthropist who blogs at the award-winning family lifestyle site The Spohrs Are Multiplying. She is the President and Co-Founder of “Friends Of Maddie,” a charitable organization that supports the families of critically ill babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She has spoken at numerous conferences, on CNN, and before members of Congress. Follow Heather on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram.