My Favorite Travel Apps
Do you use travel apps?
Today I am going to share my favorite travel apps! If you have ever met me, you may notice that my iPhone is affixed to my right hand. I am also known for loving apps. I’m constantly looking for, downloading, and testing out new ones. I love apps that help streamline activities and make my life simpler. Travel can be downright stressful until you get to your destination or sometimes not until you get back home.
Here are a few of my favorites travel apps to help with the travel experience:
I like Skyscanner, both the app and the website because it includes not only the big airlines but budget ones like Air Asia or Southwest. I didn’t know about the company until I was traveling through Asia when another traveler at my guesthouse told me about it. Skyscanner has flexible options that show you the best prices over a course of a month or even year, helping you find the best deals. There’s an option called “search everywhere” which is cool because maybe there’s a destination that you didn’t think you’d go to but might because the price is right. The links let you book directly with the airline or travel agent so that you get the lowest price and no fees added.
Hotel Tonight makes things easy by using your location and shows you a list of the day’s best hotels. Sometimes scenarios happen and you don’t have a hotel room booked. This is where Hotel Tonight is your friend. The hotel rooms available come from an inventory of last-minute rooms that would otherwise remain empty. A win for the hotels and win for your wallet!
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I am a big fan of Tripit. It’s definitely one of my favorite travel apps. It helps me with every trip I take by sending me email reminders to check into my flight as well to remind to reserve a better seat if I didn’t get it in the first place. It will hold my reservation information for hotels, trains, buses, etc. Since I’m obsessed with collecting points, it even helps me track my points. There is a free version but I like Tripit Pro.
I don’t always use Uber but the times I have, it’s been great. Sometimes it’s just helpful to know when a car service is coming instead of trying to hail a cab. Like when you’re at a bar super drunk with your friends and you just want to get home safely. Plus, you get a choice of cars between something super lux like an SUV sort of whip or an eco-friendly Prius. Pretty rad.
Hailo is the world’s highest-rated taxi app, now available in cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, London, Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Osaka, Washington DC, and more.
Sometimes I turn to Hailo when I need a cab, if it’s available in the city I am in. I like this app because you can see taxis on your phone’s screen and know when you need to be on the curb waiting. No more standing and hoping a cab may come. It’s helpful in areas where it’s hard to get a cab. I also like that I can pay by credit card and not have to worry about having cash on me. A copy of the receipt sent to my email for expense purposes. Makes my accountant happy!
Cars are placed all over your city, you get in one of their cars and go. You sign up for an account first of course. The difference between ZipCar and Car2Go is you can go in one direction, rather than having to bring back the car to the same parking spot. Just park the Smartcar in approved areas and you’re done!
I live in LA so Car2Go does not exist here. It’s in cities like Austin, Denver, Miami, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto and more. I use the service when I travel. Sometimes I don’t have a rental car and I don’t want to take a taxi, yet I want to explore different neighborhoods. It’s perfect, inexpensive, and convenient.
This is a free travel app and handy when you’re traveling to a foreign destination and need to figure out how much you’re spending. I love this. When I was on my round the world trip I needed to figure out how much I was doling out in Dongs, Rupiah, and Pounds and if some vendor was trying to rip me off.
I’ve been using Waze for a while now. I do like it to get more up to date traffic reports especially in places like Los Angeles. I might like it because the icons are so cute. What I don’t like about Waze is sometimes it recommends me to turn left down a busy street during high traffic hours just to shave off a few seconds. I also don’t like using it at night because sometimes it takes me through shady areas and as a solo lady driver, that’s a no no! But during rush hour, it’s a life saver.
I met the ParkMe guys at a travel show that I went to a few years ago. The funny thing is just an hour before I met them, I spent $30 on parking that day. I wish I had the app prior to getting to that show! It does help you find cheaper parking in the area in real-time. If you drive and want to save money in parking costs, this travel app is perfect.