6 Travel Apps I Can't Live Without
I'll be the first to admit that I have a slight phone addiction. And while that can sometimes be a problem, the Travel Apps that I use on a regular basis make my life so much easier.
Skyscanner is usually where I start when I'm looking for a flight. I love that you can use one app to look for a flight, hotel, and car rental. Once you search for a flight, if you're not ready to book, you can save it for later. If you have dates in mind for a trip but aren't sure exactly where to go, you can click on the EXPLORE tab and it will tell you the cheapest places to fly to from your selected airport. In addition, if you know where you want to go, you can find the best dates to travel on for less!
I used to be a hotel girl all the way. And not just any hotel - I need a 5* hotel. These days, it seems a bigger area to move around is more of a priority to me. That's why I love Airbnb. With Airbnb, for roughly the price of a hotel room (or less), I can usually get a good size apartment or condo. I save on things like resort fees and don't spend as much money on meals because I can buy snacks and a light breakfast at a nearby grocery store. I've only had one bad experience with an Airbnb host and not only did Airbnb refund my money but they gave me an additional credit towards
my new Airbnb. Never used Airbnb? Sign up here!
While I enjoy staying at an Airbnb, sometimes I want an all-inclusive resort and I ALWAYS check TripAdvisor before I commit to staying somewhere. Not only can you read reviews on hotels, restaurants, tours, and vacation rentals on TripAdvisor - but you can compare prices from various booking sites to find the best deals. TripAdvisor also has an online forum where you can ask questions which are answered by destination experts.
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No matter what airline you're flying - you should always have their app downloaded ahead of time. Some airlines allow you to use a mobile boarding pass which is helpful if you don't want to print one in advance. You can also use the app to check in online, saving you valuable time at the airport. Some apps will send you notifications if your gate changes or your flight is delayed. Some airline apps will even provide you with airport maps and a place to take a picture or write a note to remember where you parked!
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I use a mix of both Uber and Lyft when I travel within the USA. Usually I'll compare the two to see which platform has the most drivers in the area and which one has lower rates. I've never felt unsafe using either platform but always make sure you have the driver address you by name when he picks you up. Don't say your name first. Also verify the license plate matches the one that the app is showing you! If you've never used Lyft, you can sign up here and you'll get a free ride credit good for $5. If you've never used Uber, sign up here and get $2 off your next three rides.
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I try REALLLLLY hard not to be that person walking around another city/country with my face buried in my phone... but I'm so bad at directions, I really have no choice. Thankfully, I can set google maps to give voice directions so I'm not staring TOO hard at my phone! Aside from getting directions, the feature that I seem to use the most is finding things close to where I'm located. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten to an Airbnb and wanted to find something to eat and opened Google Maps to see what was within walking distance.
Do you have a favorite travel app? I'd love to hear ones that you use to save money on flights and hotels!!