The gadget-wise traveler

Once we had to pack our travel bag with a camera, foreign phrase book, maps and a lot more. Nowadays, whether you travel for business or pleasure, smartphones are lightening that load with a wide array of digital tools.

For this episode of Tour & Explore, we talk about these tools with Joanna Stern, technology editor at ABC News. Here are some of her favorites (click on the video above to hear about them in her words):

Waze: A great tool if you need to get someplace quickly, this map app has a social element. Users offers real-time updates on what's happening on the road, including traffic congestion.

iTranslate: You don't need to fumble through a language guide anymore. This app will repeat whatever you want to say in the language of your choosing.

Tripit: This app simplifies your itinerary-building. Just forward all travel confirmations to a single email address, and Tripit automatically adds them to a single itinerary.

Apps like these require a lot of battery power throughout the day, but if you equip your phone with a battery pack, as Stern suggests, you can stay charged.

(See also: How to take better travel photos with your phone)

And if you've heard of Google Glass but aren't yet sure what it does, wait until near the end of this video for a demonstration.


Tour & Explore is a 12-episode video series that discovers fresh, surprising, useful ideas for travelers. Hosted by television personality Ereka Vetrini, Tour & Explore takes on topics for both business and pleasure travelers—from learning vacations to traveling fit, truly eating like a local to changing your ways of packing. Culinary travel journalists, tech aficionados, and solo adventurers all share their best insights with Ereka and with us.