Traveling to see the world has never been easier than it is today. There’s a variety of mobile apps that fill in all the gaps, resolving nearly every pain point in traveling.
Booking travel itineraries used to be something you needed a travel agent for. Finding the right flight, booking a vacant hotel room, and renting a car are simple with modern technology.
No matter what type of traveler you are, there’s an app built just for you. So download these apps, pack your bags, and set out on the journey of a lifetime.
TripIt isn’t actually a booking app. What it excels at is organizing all your travel plans in one place. It’s a centralized hub that acts as a master itinerary, reminding you where you need to be and when. You can also easily share your itinerary with friends, sync with your calendar, and find alternative arrangements should something change on the way.
Hitlist was launched by TripCommon in 2014 to monitor airfare prices to find the best times to fly. If you’re flexible with your travel arrangements, this is a great app to find off-peak travel times and save a ton of money. Why overpay for a flight when you can monitor pricing in real time and plan a more frugal vacation?
Kayak is a far aggregator and metasearch engine that lets you search a variety of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages across different companies. Price comparison shopping has never been easier, and this is an essential app for the budget-conscious traveler. It’s also great to search for specific amenities, like Wi-Fi or free breakfast in your hotel.
Trivago is a hotel price comparison website that lets you price shop between different hotel rooms. Refined searches let you know exactly what to expect before you arrive to check in. It’s also owned by Expedia, so expect to find the same deals you’d find there.
Renting a car is a major pain in the ass. You need to be over 25, have 20 forms of ID, and be willing to place a large hold on your credit card. Turo is similar to Uber and Lyft, but instead of having someone else chauffeur you around, you simply rent a car from a private party. It’s a great way to get around when you’re in a new town or get a car for a long road trip when you don’t want to take your own.
If you’ve not heard of Uber, you’ve likely been living under a rock in a cave on another planet. Founded in 2009, this ride-sharing app attracted the highest investments of any company in history. It disrupted the cab industry, and it’s even getting into food delivery. When you need a ride from the airport to your hotel (or a bite to eat when you get there), Uber is the app for you.
Hotels hate having vacancies, so they’re often willing to offer lower prices the day of. This is where HotelTonight comes in. The app was created in 2010 to show a real-time view of which hotels have vacancies over the next seven days, letting you make last-minute booking accommodations for the best prices possible.
Some people don’t like Uber, and for those, there’s Lyft. It’s basically the same thing; a ride sharing app that tracks your usage and undercuts the cab industry. If ever you experience surge pricing in Uber (which raises the fare price), switch over to Lyft and find a cheaper ride. Most drivers are using both apps, so you won’t even notice the difference.
Airbnb is the Uber of hotel rooms. Instead of staying at a boring hotel or motel, you can rent a room from a private person. Or you can rent their entire house. When visiting a new city or country, Airbnb is a great way to get yourself an experienced guide who can show you around town and provide local tips you can’t get at a hotel chain.
Hopper was created in 2009 and is an indispensable tool for frequent fliers. It monitors flight prices in real-time and will send you a notification when the price drops to its lowest point. Airline pricing is complicated and changes frequently, so you never know whether the flight you’re looking at today will go up or down in price. Hopper takes the guessing out and gives you piece of mind knowing you’re getting the best deal possible.