Winter travel apps for moms and kids

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Travel apps help with winter travel

Winter travel can mean timing delays and changes in your travel plans. Stay connected to keep up with airport delays and road detours. A little advance planning also means finding the best new game apps for kids with pent-up travel energy. Be sure to download these fabulous winter travel apps to keep everyone sane while traveling this winter.

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TripIt keeps everything organized

Airlines, hotels, and restaurants do a fabulous job sending email confirmations for trip reservations. The problem can be finding the exact confirmation for which you’re searching when you need it. TripIt takes the searching out of your travel plans. Each time you get a confirmation for a flight or hotel reservation, you forward it to your TripIt account, where the app creates a comprehensive travel itinerary. See all of your plans in a single place, no matter where or how you book your travel — plus the app is free for Android and iOS devices. You can add custom notes, packing lists, and other personal information, too.

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Be prepared for any sort of weather

Winter weather is a necessary hazard during winter travel, and an effective weather app can be crucial — especially if you’re traveling by car. Weathersphere is absolutely the only weather app you’ll ever need. The app collects massive amounts of data in real time and breaks it down into easy-to-understand updates, warnings, and alerts.

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Keep kids entertained when plans change

Even the most well-prepared parents can run into trouble when traveling. When your flight’s been delayed — for the second time — or your bag of kid distractions isn’t working, having a new kids’ app on your tablet or phone can mean the difference between calming your child or adding stress to everyone’s vacation. If you and your family celebrate Christmas, Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas is a fantastic, multi-layered app that can keep kids busy with stories, games, and coloring options. For an educational game that taps into a fairly common kid favorite — animals — try Toca Nature. Kids can design their own forests, add animals, and photograph their creations.

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The best apps for skiers

Winter travel gives you the chance to hit the ski slopes at your leisure, and you can use the best ski apps to make the most of your winter vacation. Start with Liftopia, a free app that gives you access to deal on ski lift tickets. The better deals you can find, the more resorts you can explore. Ski & Snow Report provides information about slope conditions at various resorts, including current information, live webcams, and trail maps. If you’re interesting in a little friendly competition with your friends — or just like checking your own progress — Ski Tracks is a must-have app. The GPS tracker can track your activity for around fourteen hours, providing data about your speed, altitude changes, and distance covered.

Meet the Author | Angela Amman

Angela Amman is a short story and essay writer. Collecting her family's stories is a gift-in-progress for her daughter and son, and she blogs at Playing with Words, capturing the craziness and beauty that weave together to create something extraordinary. As the co-director of Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit, Angela is thrilled to bring others' stories to the stage and to celebrate the magic of words, storytelling, and the courage to share that magic with an audience. When she should be sleeping, she works on her latest short story collection. Her writing has been featured on Mamalode, Peacock Journal, and Scary Mommy. Her personal essays and short stories have appeared in her collection, Nothing Goes Away, and various anthologies.

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  1. I would also include Spyglass into this list. Using augmented reality, the app overlays compass, GPS and location info on top of visuals captured by an iPhone camera or the map itself. It can measure distance, sizes of objects, your speed, altitude and potential arrival time to the target. You can use it as a waypoints tool, sextant, compass, rangefinder, speedometer, inclinometer and more.

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