Before embarking on a hike, there are several aspects to consider. From health and wellness tools tracking your location, elevation and trip duration to emergency first-aid situations, there’s an app for that. Slippery conditions and changing winter weather can sneak up on you so, as outdoorsy families and active travelers know, better safe than sorry.
Consider safety first for you and your family and download the First Aid app by Red Cross on your mobile device. Available for free on iOS and Android devices, the official Red Cross app is tailored to your location. Read up on the app’s pre-loaded content, giving users easy access to all safety information at any time.
Take advantage of expert advice for everyday emergencies and have peace of mind for outdoor adventures. Prepare for emergencies before your hike or family outing with the app’s many diagrams, videos, advice and interactive quizzes.
For a little inspiration, check out AllTrails system for biking, running, hiking and outdoor excursions. Available for free on both iOS and Android, this app allows users the inside scoop on more than 50,000 trails. Explore, plan and record new hikes and save them in your app history to revisit. Look at maps and read expert tips and must-see site suggestions while planning or on the move. Check out the weather conditions and any news about the area that may be pertinent to your hike.
Add a little education to your trip and use your phone’s camera to locate peak names and elevations and track your location with PeakVisor. Available on iOS devices for $4, PeakVisor provides a 3D compass and incredible graphics to detail your mountain location. Again, as winter weather can change and elements can get in the way, it will be helpful to know exactly where you are while on your outdoor adventure.
During the changing seasons and colder weather creeping in, Weather Live may be a vital app to add to your repertoire while venturing outdoors. Available on iOS and Android for $3–5, this app brings users satellite updates with meteorological data including wind speed, direction, humidity, air pressure, precipitation and visibility. Check out the device’s cloud and rain maps with animated weather radar of the United States, giving users precise weather insight.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.