Summer is officially here and that means it is travel season. Wherever you’re headed and whatever you plan on doing, these five apps have you covered. Find flights, book hotels and look for restaurants all from you phone. Download any of these free apps and you will spend less time planning and more time relaxing and going on adventures. You work hard, you deserve it.
Before you embark on your next journey, plan everything out with KAYAK. Here you can compare flights from different airlines and find the times and prices that work for you. When you’re all set on the travel, work out lodging. KAYAK is a one stop shop for a great vacation. Book everything directly from the app. You can even get information about any airport like which terminal each airline is in and even where the nearest ATM is. The app will compile your trip into one place so you only have to look at one app for your itinerary.
If you don’t like planning for a vacation and just want to get to relaxing, turn to Travelzoo to find already put-together vacation packages including flights and lodging. These packages are updated all the time so check back often to find one that fits your budget and schedule. Of course, if you would rather be in control of the flights and hotel, you can use Travelzoo for that as well. When the initial plans are set, the app supplies a list of deals on activities and restaurants in the area you’re visiting. Here you can find the most exciting things to do for the least amount of money. Sometimes you get the day off work and you just want to travel, Travelzoo will show you the best deals on flights leaving from an airport near you that day.
Use TripAdvisor to get reviews on restaurants and hotels. Search through people’s thoughts to find the best room or dinner. The app lets you search for hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and even vacation rentals. When lodging is squared away you can find restaurants and even things to do. Look through a list of activities near you and even see reviews about certain bars or theaters. One of the best features it the ability to download certain hotel or city information to your phone so you can use it without WiFi. This comes in handy especially if you need a map or address when you can’t find a Starbucks.
When I was a kid my family took a lot of road trips, and more than once we found ourselves stranded without gas. GasBuddy makes sure you can always find a gas station near you, and takes the stress out of the gas light. The app is incredibly easy to use and even compares prices so you can head to the cheapest one. Search by fuel type or distance and look at a list or a map. Each gas station profile shows photos and a list of features offered. Gas prices are always changing, so users can update the app at anytime. Create a profile to try win discounts on gas and coupons, or use the app as a guest.
There has been some controversy surrounding Uber since its inception, but more and mores cities are allowing the company the right to drive. It is one of the best ways to travel around a city you aren’t familiar with. Set up a time to get picked up, track how close your driver is and even pay all with the app. The app will send whoever is closest to you so wait times are lower. The app will show how many cars are near you and you can even see an estimated fare amount.