NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As I write this, I am preparing for a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York. LAX to JFK. Heading to TheStreet for a couple of days to get some work done and imbibe at the company's holiday party. But don't worry, I won't do this:Vegas odds on whether or not Cramer will recognize me stand at 8-to-1. Lots of people hate travel. I don't. In fact, I love almost every aspect of it. I even enjoy the airport experience. I dig flying. And there's nothing better than exploring great cities. It's even better when it's easy. Our app society makes life easier. Sometimes it's the bang-up apps that improve our lives, but, often, it's a standard utilitarian number with a solid feature or two that provides the most value.
No. 5: Delta Air LinesWhen I fly I always try to go with Virgin America. Ever since the airline industry went to a no-frills-unless-you-pay-and-even-when-you-pay-it's-still-pretty-much-no-frills model, Virgin lands head and shoulders above every airline. I just wish it had a better mobile experience. Given its boarding and on-board experience and overall hip factor, you would expect a solid app from Virgin. Instead, you "only" get a nicely optimized mobile site. Generally, if I do not fly Virgin I end up on Delta Air Lines ( DAL). For such a biggie, I have to give Delta credit. It's always hit or miss, but, generally speaking, they provide a better experience and friendlier staff than the other major airlines. Their iPhone app isn't anything special -- it does the basics such as mobile check-in and boarding pass well -- but it's worth mentioning for one feature:
No. 4: Starbucks
No. 3: KICKMapTakes me about 10 seconds to verify the train to take and when I need to take it to travel from TheStreet's headquarters to the Fifth Avenue/Central Park Apple store.
No. 2: FrequencyI haven't actually used this one while traveling yet, but I'm 99.9% certain it will end up a go-to app for that purpose. Frequency works like this: You hook it up to Facebook ( FB) to kick things off. It pulls videos your friends posted and populates your Frequency feed with them. You can then micro-customize this feed from trending stories, top stories and subject areas such as politics, sports and tech. In each category, you can select different media outlets to include in your Frequency feed.