7 Seriously Useful Mac Apps for World Travelers

Today’s roundup is a list of seven travel utilities that together make up an unbeatable group of tools that you’ll want to make a permanent part of your trip routine. From converting time and currencies to tracking flights and checking on weather, we’ve got everything you need to plan your next amazing journey!

Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures is a native hub for all your flight tracking needs. With it you can keep an eye on arrival and departure times for flights from over 4250 airports worldwide. You can also view other important information like terminal and gate info, local restaurants and weather forecasts.

My favorite feature here is the collection of flight maps, which illustrate the paths for flights around the world. If you’re a frequent flyer, Arrivals and Departures is a must have.

Price: $4.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: UnitConvertr

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Arrivals and Departures

Seasonality Core

Some weather apps are cute and quirky, they provide only the information you need in a quaint little interface. This is not one of those apps. Seasonality Core is a loaded information center, packed with all of the weather information you could need for anywhere in the world. Weather maps, forecasts, favorite locations, wind, cloud cover, dewpoint, humidity, visibility, chance of precipitation; this app has it all.

The thing that really sets this app apart from the competition is the gorgeous custom graphing, which allows you to quickly view and interpret historical weather information. When your travel plans depend on the weather, Seasonality Core is an invaluable tool.

Price: $24.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Gaucho Software, LLC.

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Seasonality Core

KAYAK Explore

The free Kayak Explore app is a really unique way to plan your next vacation. The interface is super attractive and features slick animations and a really simplified workflow that allows you to enjoyably explore the possibilities. It’s a breath of fresh air when compared to boring travel websites.

You can choose where you want to go or leave it up to the app to come up with suggestions based on criteria like the type of destination (beach, historic, etc.). I find the app to be a little sluggish at times but it really is quite fun to use!

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Kayak

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KAYAK Explore

Translator Translate with Voice

This is basically a native implementation of Google Translate featuring over 50 languages. The app quickly and easily translates words or sentences and features automatic language detection for your input.

Translator Translate with Voice borrows the popular Twitter for Mac style UI, which makes for a very attractive translating experience. If the price tag is too high to justify, check out Translate Tab, a menu bar utility with similar functionality that will only run you $2.99.

Price: $4.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: NibiruTech Limited

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Translator Translate with Voice

Currencies

A simple menu bar currency converter with support for over 130 worldwide currencies. The exchange rates update daily so you can effortlessly stay on top of the constantly shifting currency financial climate. You can also manually refresh the rates by hitting Command-R.

Currencies features a slick, glossy interface that is both attractive and efficient. Even without international travel, I’m always receiving payments from clients overseas and having a good currency converter handy is essential.

Price: $0.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Edovia Inc.

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Currencies

Clocks

The little world clock app on the iPhone is immensely helpful for quickly checking on times for everywhere from one state over to half a world away. Unfortunately, your Mac’s clock is much more primitive and doesn’t really offer much in the way of features.

With this app, you can build a list of world clocks just like the one on your iPhone. It sits conveniently in your menu bar so the correct time for your favorite locations is never more than a click away.

Price: $1.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: StudioDP

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Clocks

Knapsack

Knapsack is an all-on-one travel companion that helps you with every aspect of your trip. With it you can research and find interesting places, plan out every last detail with a custom-built itinerary, organize your upcoming and past trips and even review the places that you visit along the way.

At $29.99, it’s not the cheapest app around but the functionality is really nice to have. I kept a simple text journal of a recent trip to Europe and looking back I definitely wish that I had the kind of rich history that I would’ve been able to create with this app.

Price: $29.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Outer Level

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Knapsack

What Are Your Favorite Travel Utilities?

Now that you’ve seen our list of seven seriously useful travel apps for Mac, it’s time for you to chime in using the comment section below. Have you tried any of these apps? What did you think of them? Also, what other travel apps have you found to be useful in your own experience?


  • JackJack

    Do you know that you have free widgets for the clocks and translation ?
    Translate Tab’s french translation isn’t even correct in the screenshot.

    • Gaston

      LOL, too funny that the translation is wrong!

  • atrain

    i like “Reeder” and “Instapaper” for reading articles offline. This is great when I have a long layover or when I’m on the plane and don’t have internet access. Also, Skype has a wifi feature that allows you to connect to wifi hotspots and bills your Skype account by the minute and works almost everywhere. This is great if you’re traveling internationally and just want to check a couple of emails and not pay $10 for an hour at some random hotspot.

  • http://appcrunch.co.uk Josh

    I think Bellhop should have been included on this list even though its currently only available on the Mac Legion Bundle: http://go2.maclegion.com/SH1z

    I also think Trail Runner is worth a mention too with free and paid for versions, even though its aimed at Sports route planning its also very good for planning epic journeys and adventures: http://trailrunnerx.com/

    I really like the look of Seasonanility Core but at $25 its on the steep side and I’m probably not the niche its aimed at.

  • Brendan

    I am not sure about the ‘serious’ part of these apps. Watches, books, airport displays and local tv channels seem to do all these things for free.

    Good Travel apps are ones like Skype, Safari, iTunes, and maybe a game or two for flights. At other times your traveling, and not on you computer.

    Thats all.

  • http://www.sterlingpress.com martin Sterling

    Great list! I don’t like clocks at all. It is simply too ugly for me to even look at it. I have switched to an app called Time Zones . Kayak Explore is too US oriented but the content is getting more worldly as we speak. I have contacted them a few times making suggestion and they have listened.

  • http://www.appleumbrella.com Apple Umbrella

    i have experience about “Seasonality Core” and now take one from your list as well “Knapsack”, thanks for compile use list for us.

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