Have you ever found yourself fumbling for your boarding pass, carry-on luggage in hand, and wishing there was one travel app that did it all—confirm the status of a flight, arrange ground transportation, and let you know about all the cool attractions near your destination?
Thanks to Fitbit OS, you now have the next best thing: access to multiple modes of transit, plus maps and medical info, right on your wrist. Below, 15+ insanely helpful apps for anyone planning a trip this summer or next. Each one is available for Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa unless otherwise noted. Bon voyage!
The 15+ Best Fitbit OS Apps for Travel
Between booking your flight and actually boarding, a lot can change. To help you stay in the know, British Airways and United Airlines—two of the largest carriers worldwide—now offer Fitbit OS apps. Download, and once you’ve booked a flight, simply tap the icon to check your flight number, gate and terminal, seat number, and whether or not your flight is on time. United even downloads your mobile boarding pass to your watch for easy access.
Need a ride to the airport? Hail one using Uber, a popular ride-hailing service that lets you use your current location and previously set destinations (like the airport) to view ride estimates, request a ride and, once your driver is en route, view his or her information, including name, car, tag number, rating, and estimated time of arrival.
Local transit apps
You’ve made it to your destination and are ready to explore. Fitbit OS has a slew of apps that make it easier to get around by bus, train, and subway. Apps like Dublin Bus, UK Transport, Berlin Transport, Stuttgart Transport, Irish Rail, Sarajevo Bus*, and Munich Transport use your location to tell you the departure times and destinations for the nearest buses and trains, while NYC Subway and TransitInfo* can help you get around New York City and Washington, D.C., respectively. Tube Status will even tell you when there are severe delays on the London Underground transit system.
Share a Bike
Prefer to explore a city by bike? You’re in luck with Share a Bike, which uses your GPS location to find bike share stations in more than a dozen cities worldwide, including Boston, London, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Not only will you be able to find a bike (and how many are available at which stations), you’ll also be able to easily see where to return the bike, too.
No matter how many guidebooks you buy, you’re unlikely to know about every historic site or natural attraction in the city you’re visiting. Wiki Places not only identifies major landmarks to see, it also highlights out-of-the-way gems, often with a photo and brief description of the site. Bonus: The app also identifies nearby shopping malls, hospitals, and police stations, should you need those during your travels.
If you do need to visit a hospital or clinic while on vacation, you’ll be better-served if you have access to your medical information. Med ID is like a medical ID bracelet on your wrist, with 10 times as much information. Once you preload your health details on the mobile app, you’ll have immediate access to it on your wrist. That includes emergency contact information, blood type, health conditions, allergies, and any medications you’re taking. Consider it something that you probably won’t need—but shouldn’t leave home without.
Everyone should plan to get lost at least once during vacation. But if you really need to find your way, Map can help. This app uses your GPS (which you’ll have to enable when downloading the app) to show you exactly where you are, including giving you latitudinal and longitudinal information. Use the + and – buttons to zoom in or out.
Take the guesswork out of time zones with World Clock, which tells you the time in a dozen or more cities that you preload into the app from your phone. Times are displayed in a 24-hour format, so there’s no confusion, and also show whether the city is ahead or behind your current timezone (-3HRS, +14HRS, etc.) You’ll want to keep this app on your watch long after your vacation ends, to remind you of all the great places you’ve been.
Get the Apps
If you own an Ionic or Versa and want to download the apps above, you can find them in the Fitbit App Gallery by visiting this link from your smartphone or tablet. Just make sure the Fitbit app is installed on the device and that you’re logged in.
*Select app currently only available for Fitbit Ionic.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.