Traveling is complicated.
From booking your flights, planning a roadtrip, currency conversions, food, gas, hotels and multitude of other minute details, staying on top of what’s going on can get tricky.
Now, I haven’t always been a girl that runs to an app on my smartphone for everything.
But when it comes to travelling, travel apps are the easiest, most convenient way to help wade through the travel planning waters...
If you know the right apps to rely on.
There is an onslaught of new apps created each day, making it hard to cut through the noise and figure out which ones you should focus on when you’re in a pinch.
Over the years, I’ve tried hundreds of apps.
That’s not an exaggeration.
I am constantly digging through the App Store trying to find the Travel App Holy Grail.
That means I can help take some of the guesswork of hunting down your go-to apps.
Here are the apps you won’t find my phone without...
Before You Book Your Next Flight...
Skyscanner is the ultimate all-in-one travel app. You can easily search flights, hotels and cars for the cheapest fares. This is by far one of the best flight planning apps on the market. With Skyscanner, I was able to find a find a roundtrip flight to Amsterdam for $380!
ro-Tip: Type "Everywhere" in destination to find the cheapest flights worldwide
This adorable little app is a must for travelers on a budget. Tell Hopper your destination and roughly when you plan to travel, and it will pinpoint when you should book for the best rates , predict whether rates will rise or fall, and list airfares on your chosen dates. Notifications from Hopper has taken all of the the guesswork out of the nightmare of booking airfare.
When You're Looking For a Place to Crash...
With Hostelworld, traveling on a budget doesn't have to be difficult. Thanks to this app, you can find low-cost hostels, hotels, and B&Bs all over the world. With over 33,000 accommodation offerings from around the globe, you’re sure to find something for every budget.
Hotel Tonight (FREE)
Hotel Tonight has made a name for itself as the leading booking site for procrastinators. Every day at noon, Hotel Tonight unveils discounted rooms in hotels across North America and Western Europe at discounts up to 70% You can see ratings and user photos before choosing a hotel and book in just a few taps.
Couchsurfing's pitch is that you have friends around the world, you just haven't met them yet. Outside of just loving their motto, Couchsurfing is the best way to stay with amazing locals across the world. Couchsurfing is a vibrant travel community of over 12 million locals and travelers.
For the Organizer In the Group...
Roadtrippers is the only map built for travelers. Plan your summer road trip with friends or find an amazing place nearby you never knew existed. Just tell Roadtrippers your location and destination, dates of travel, and what kinds of things you’re interested in finding along the way, and this app will plot your journey for you. .
Before you start packing for your next adventure, you’ve got to make sure you've downloaded this handy app. The PackPoint app helps you put together a checklist of the items you’ll need to enjoy your time off. But this isn't just an ole' note-taking app. Once logged in, you select your destination, dates, and define whether or not this is business or for fun. The app can help build your list based on a variety of activities that you might enjoy, like swimming or going on a bike ride.
When You're Feeling Adventurous...
Timeout can help you get the most out of your city trips. This app covers pretty much everything that’s happening in the city over the coming few days, like gigs, theatre showings and club nights, along with reviews and advice on the best restaurants and bars to visit.
When You Start Feeling Hangry...
Foodspotting is a visual guide to sleuthing out good food. This app uses GPS to scan your local area for restaurants. It’ll show you a slide show of nearby eateries, accompanied dangerously tasty looking pictures to get you in the mood.
Savored/ Now Integrated into Groupon (FREE)
Want to eat high-end food on a hamburger budget? Check out Savored. This app offers discounts at upscale, trendy restaurants around the country.
Pro-Tip: You'll find the best deals during off-peak days or hours: on Sunday or Monday nights.
For When You Hit the Road...
When it’s time to refuel, you’ll be happy to have this handy app on your phone. Find out if you can save a couple of bucks by cruising a little farther down the road.
Google Maps may have started to up its game when it comes to real-time traffic warnings, but it still doesn't come close to Waze. Traffic jams, fender benders, lurking cop cars, this app will give you all the details you need to have a smooth journey.
Wi-Fi Finder (FREE)
Wi-Fi Finder's name speaks for itself. But that doesn't change the fact that this is a powerful travel tool. This app hunts down Wi-Fi hotspots on its built-in map so you can avoid those extortionate roaming data costs. It also has a very cool Wi-Fi radar, which can show you which specific Wi-Fi connection is closest and strongest.