Get An Upgrade for Your Travel With These Must-Have Apps

CONCIERGES

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HELLO SCOUT

The concierge app used by boutique hotel companies Joie de Vivre, Viceroy, OLS, Waterford, and Provenance offers personalized ser­vice via in-app chat. Guests can use it to get insider tips and book restau­rant reservations.

LOLA

This chat-based app asks you to fill out a profile, then serves up customized hotel recommendations that you can use to book 275,000 prop­erties worldwide. You can also message Lola’s team of 20 agents 24 hours a day. We not only got a thoughtful list of three hotels in London but Lola also helped us book tickets to a sold-out West End show.

JOURNY

This travel agent and concierge rolled into one will con­struct a highly detailed itinerary for you that includes the best restaurants, sights, and events for your trip. Fees start at $15 per day, and repeat customers can sign up for a flat-rate member­ship. IOS only

NOMI

Use this app to get on-demand hair­styling and makeup application at five high-end New York City hotels. Ses­sions cost $95 and up, and start as early as 6:30 a.m. Our stylist at the WestHouse Hotel left us with an immaculate blow-dry. iOS only.

DUFL

Dufl will house and launder an entirely separate travel wardrobe and ship it to your destina­tion fora flat rate of $99 for each round- trip, plus $9.95 per month for storage.

PLANNING

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G.SPOTTING

Yes, that’s what it’s called. The travel app from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop will help you find your pleasure zone with more than 25 desti­nation guides curated by Goop editors, Paltrow, and her in-the-know friends. It’s geared primarily toward foodies, hipsters, art lovers, and travelers with kids. iOS only.

AIRBNB

Last fall, Airbnb launched its in-app Trips feature to offer specialized experiences to its guests. Want to take a sculpture class in London or a cooking class in Paris? Choose from a list of dozens of offer­ings hosted by locals, many with a social-impact bent, including an LGBT-themed bike ride in San Francisco and urban garden­ing in Los Angeles.

LOCALEUR

Savvy locals in more than 25 U.S. cities share the low-down on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and party in their home towns. Find the best Instagram spots in San Francisco, the best place to go rock climbing in Austin, Texas, romantic date spots in Chicago, and more. Additional U.S. cities are com­ing later this year.

ITSEASY

Passport renewal can be a cinch—this app will e-mail you the forms you need and turn your phone into a passport-photo camera. Print the forms, mail them to ltsEasy using the trackable USPS priority overnight airbill provided by the company, and you’ll get your new documents in two to three weeks. The $29.95 service charge and government renewal fees can be paid via the app.

MEMRISE

Learn more about the language and culture of your destination with classes on a variety of topics in more than 200 tongues. The subjects are broad and fun — gain insight on China’s ethnic groups, learn how to identify different kinds of spices in Polish, or pickup Pokemon terminology in French.

SOLO TRAVELLER

If you’re hitting the road alone and looking to connect with like-minded people, use this app to plan sightseeing excursions, meals, and taxi shares with other travelers.

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