PadGadget Weekly App Series – Apps for Weekend Getaway

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found six great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included six essential apps for weekend getaways in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for Weekend Getaway

1. Kayak HD (Free) – Sometimes the best getaways start with a great deal on a cheap flight or hotel. Kayak HD caters to the seasoned or reluctant traveler, by offering an in-app flight tracker, a travel deal finder, and as well as a hotel search function. Kayak HD’s explore function encourages users to try a new destination, and makes it a snap to zero in on particular travel types, like ski weekends or golf outings. Users can even set a preferred temperature range to try and stay comfortable on the road. Kayak HD has thought of everything a curious traveler might need.


2. Hipmunk Flight Search (Free) – Hipmunk aims to find flights that minimize the “agony” of travel using a combination of factors including price, duration, and number of layovers, rather than just relying on price the way that most travel sites do. The app offers comprehensive cross-carrier listings that help eliminate the need to check every travel booking site on the web to see if you’re getting a good deal. Plus, it’s easy to keep track of which flight had the horrific layover, but was a great price, and just how much extra it would cost to go direct.


3. Packing Pro ($2.99) – No matter how you’re planning to get away for the weekend, there’s no way to escape packing. Packing Pro takes the guesswork out of this chore by generating customizable packing lists that take the number of days, travelers, and destination into account. The app even takes a traveler’s age into consideration. Users can save and reuse a packing list, a feature which is an obvious boon for the business traveler, but is also useful for anyone who’s lucky enough to plan regular escapes on the weekend.


4. Trip Advisor (Free) – Once the travel-weary app user arrives at his destination, it is time for the fun to begin. Using the iPad’s Location Services, Trip Advisor offers advice about where to eat and what to do, complete with ratings from other well-informed app users. Thanks to Trip Advisor, you may never eat a bad meal in a new city ever again. Keep in mind that Trip Advisor is one of the world’s most trusted travel sites, so get ready to browse millions of reviews, opinions, and photos of hotels, restaurants, and attractions.


5. Wikihood Plus for iPad ($6.99) – Wikihood Plus for iPad makes learning more about your weekend destination a snap. The app draws on Wikipedia to bring up images and descriptions of important cultural and historical sites near your current location. Wikihood is perfect for car trips because it travels with you, sharing facts about the little hamlet where you stop for a stretch or a quick bite. There is also a free version of the app, so there’s no reason not to give Wikihood a whirl.


6. Honk – Find Car, Parking Meter Alarm and Nearby Places ($0.99) – Nothing puts a damper on a weekend away like forgetting where you parked your car. Honk will make sure no precious minutes of your weekend are wasted searching for your car. The app uses the map function to remember where you parked, but even without 3G or Wi-Fi, it can still be useful. Use the app to create an annotated picture of your car, or write yourself a note with its location. Not only will Honk help you find your car, it will also keep track of how much time is left on your meter!


Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite