If you’re a frequent traveler, “app” is likely your middle name, saving grace and so much more.
Apps like Hipmunk make booking a breeze, while Concur is a tool for many business travelers. We rely on apps like Uber and Lyft to get us to the airport and, once we’re there, TripIt Pro can keep us up to date on gate changes and flight delays.
But what about the best apps for plane rides? As any frequent traveler knows, staying entertained and occupied can make a quick flight quicker and a long flight tolerable, so we wanted to share our the best apps for long flights.
No eReader? No problem. There are plenty of apps for that.
eReaders like Kindle [for Apple | for Android], NOOK [for Apple | for Android] and Kobo [for Apple | for Android] all have free apps that open up a world of reading on your phone, tablet, or computer. Just download books before you go for offline access.
Having trouble deciding? Well, you really can’t go wrong with any of these apps, but for a classic, no fuss experience we recommend Kindle. For more social, gamified reading go with Kobo.
A great alternative to music is listening to audio books. Audiobooks from Audible [for Apple | for Android] is a great service for this. A membership costs about $15 a month and gives you unlimited access to their library of over 150,000 audio books. With their free app, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your favorites stories in a whole new way.
Luckily, in flight viewing options are standard for international flights and growing more and more common in domestic flights, whether it be on the plane’s monitors or via one of your own devices.
Of course, you can always download a movie from iTunes to hold you over if you know you’re viewing tastes are picky.
Another, fun option is downloading the TED Conferences app [for Apple | for Android]. Download fun, engaging, and educational talks before you go for offline capabilities, or enjoy their full library online. It’s definitely one of the best apps for plane rides.
Whatever your entertainment preference, appfication is a crucial part of surviving a flight, we hope our suggestions for best apps for plane rides help make your next trip a breeze.