It takes a village…of travel planning apps to plan a vacation! If a travel problem exists, there’s an app for that. From booking plane tickets to finding the least expensive accommodations, translating languages, converting money and more, I have compiled a major list of my favourite travel apps that I personally use at some point of my travel experience. These apps have literally saved me from having breakdowns while on the road.
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- Expedia – I use a variety of different OTA’s (online travel agencies) to book my trips. Expedia is one that I use from time to time because I find that their bundle deals are pretty awesome. I also love the fact that I am rewarded when I book vacations, I get points back from Expedia which can be used to redeem a future flight.
- Uber – Can’t find a cabbie? Call an UBER. Everyone’s go-to these days, UBER has disrupted the transportation market. Simply plug in your destination, call your Uber, and go.
- Airbnb – If you’re looking to have a local experience without spending the big bucks, AirBnB’s got you covered. Rent out an entire home or a room in someone’s home just about anywhere in the world. A perfect option for budget travellers or groups.
- Yelp – I use Yelp to find the best food joints in any city I’m in; I read the reviews, look at pictures of what someone else ordered and see how many ratings they have. You can make reservations or find important information like business addresses or hours of operation. While I use it mainly for finding the best food, you can also find a lot of other business listings like spa, shopping or nightlife options.
- TripAdvisor – The difference between me staying at Hotel A vs. Hotel B can come down to a simple review or picture. Before booking a hotel or visiting a restaurant, one of my first stops is always TripAdvisor. We all know brands will only present what they want you to see, but a review from someone that has stayed and paid is almost always honest. I compare traveller photos and reviews before making any decision. In addition to candid reviews, you can find flights, travel guides and so much more.
- Google Maps – Never get lost again! Google Maps is my go-to navigational tool when I travel. I love the ease of use and I love that I can find just about any restaurant, museum or hole in the wall joint. You can find the best transportation routes or public transportation options to get you where you need to go. Remember, you can also you maps and directions when you are offline or have crappy internet.
Have you used any of the above? What are your favourite travel apps?
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