With spring break in full force, and summer quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about travel plans! Whether it’s a staycation or an extravagant international adventure, we want to make sure you have the low down on all of the best travel apps. Take our advice, and you’re sure to find the best hotels, flights, and restaurants for your next journey!
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Hopper: If you’re looking for amazing deals on flights, Hopper analyzes billions of flight prices and provides you with the best time to purchase your tickets. When you choose your destination and intended departure date, the app will let you know whether it would be best to get your tickets right away or if you should wait. It’s a total game changer!
TripIt: This app creates a master itinerary for you so that you can see all of your travel reservations in one place! You’ll forward all your confirmation emails (flight, hotel, car rental, etc.) to them and you’ll receive back a summarized itinerary that you can access anytime from any device – even offline. It’s an organized traveler’s dream!
Where will I lay my head?
AirBnB: An easy-to-use and, in most cases, more affordable alternative to staying in hotels! Whether you would rather rent a single room for a low rate, or choose to reserve an entire house, it’s a great way to get more of a taste of the lifestyle in that destination as you meet and stay with a local host.
TripHappy: This app allows you to see millions of user reviews who recommend the best places and neighborhoods to stay in within a chosen city. It’s a great way to ensure you won’t be booking a seemingly safe hotel online only to find out that it’s also in the most dangerous and crime-filled area of the city – oops!
Yelp: This app may seem like a no-brainer to some, but Yelp continues to rank as one of the best apps out there. You’ll be able to see thousands of reviews, menus and pictures of the highest rated (as determined by other users) restaurants in your intended destination. You won’t regret doing a little research when you find that diamond in the rough or new and trendy restaurant!
Tasteful: If you’re trying to stay on track with healthy eating while on vacation, Tasteful is for you! You’ll be able to search restaurants and menus by selecting your dietary preference: vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low-carb, or gluten free. It’s a perfect solution for those with dietary restrictions or the determination to not break their healthy eating streak.
Sidekix: If you’re one that likes to stop and smell the roses on your way to a destination, Sidekix is the travel app for you. It will provide the “best” way to get somewhere, but we’re not talking about the shortest route necessarily. You’ll receive recommendations like checking out a trendy coffee shop on the way to the theater, or a local’s favorite bar that is just down the road from the concert that you’re heading to.
Citymapper: You may be inclined to stop using Google Maps when you hear about Citymapper – and before you disagree, hear us out. This app provides more details about your journey than Google and it not only includes expected route times and possible delays, but it also integrates with Uber to show available nearby drivers. See? It’s pretty impressive.
Traveling has never been so easy with the addition of these revolutionary apps! We hope that you now feel more equipped to leave it all behind for some much-need R&R – even if it’s just for a few days. Bon Voyage!