Best Travel Apps

When it comes to planning and holiday-taking, travelers rely more than ever on their smartphones. Travel apps are not only a source of inspiration but also incredibly useful to book and handle logistics — including making restaurant reservations or finding a great fitness class anywhere in the world you’re flying to the next.

There are plenty of applications to assist with everything from day-to-day hotel reservations and last-minute flight changes, as well as the ones that fall into your hand as guidebooks and foreign language dictionaries. Apps can help you explore a new city; make currency conversions; pack a perfect suitcase; even offer local knowledge on – the-ground. Whatever you need to do when you reach the lane, there is an application for that.

Here’s the best travel app for making your trip smoother, quicker, cheaper, and more convenient.

Skyscanner

This app (and popular website) will give you ideas for your destination depending on what type of trip you want and shows you flight price changes so you can find out when to book. When rates change on a flight, you can get updates, and read reviews for airlines and online travel agents from other travelers too. Only bear in mind that Skyscanner searches will not include every airline.

MyTSA

Airport travel can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, particularly within the United States. MyTSA, an app funded by the U.S. government, demystifies all the laws you need to obey to escape a staredown and potential delays from security officers trying to do their job.

Find out the things you can carry with you through the security checkpoint and into the aircraft, ask the Transportation Safety Administration for live assistance, check if your chosen airport will be historically busy on a given day, check crowd-sourced security wait times and provide your own estimates, search for delays and current weather conditions, and how to access and sign up for TSA PreCheck to get you through security in a jiffy.

Hopper

Hopper helps travelers find the cheapest flights available and, if your dates are not set in stone, can really save you some cash. Hooper gives you a calendar of the coming year with dates color-coded to represent historical price trends once you’ve put in your home city and desired destination. The cheapest days in green, followed by light orange, coral and red, with red showing the most expensive days to travel.

The app has a Watch This Trip feature that sends you notifications if the price increases, and the app will also tell you if the price is the same for traveling nonstop or with layovers, and you can choose to remove simple fares from the results. But the most useful function is probably the price predictor, which indicates whether and when the price will increase and by about how much, enabling travelers to make an educated decision on whether to book or not to wait. You can also reserve accommodation on the app if you want to book your flight and hotel at the same location.

Expedia

You need a good all-in – one travel app with the Hipmunk shuttering, and Expedia is a tried-and-true alternative. Via Expedia you can book any part of your journey, finding hotels, flights and rental cars. The app also helps you to bundle travel and hotel offers, check for cruises and do research when you arrive at your destination. The app offers exclusive promotions for mobile users, with additional benefits for members of Expedia’s rewards program.

Trip It

Your mobile travel planner, Trip It displays all the specifics of your journey at a glance: flights, hotels, vehicles, maps, directions… all in one place. With your online or mobile calendar you can synchronize your travel plans, share itineraries and post travel plans on your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Kayak

Ah yes, the old standby which searches for the best deals through other travel sights. You can check for your perfect holiday spot, and then sign up to receive price change notifications. The versatile search method also allows you to view prices over a specified period of time. You will also view mobile-only offers for flights, hotels and car rentals while you are using the app. You may not find all of the airlines included in your search though.

Airbnb

Airbnb started by linking travelers with people who have to rent rooms, apartments, houses and other accommodations. The site now offers travelers even more, including tours, classes, workshops and restaurant reservations. Whether you’re using Airbnb to find a place to sleep or to get inspired by what to do on your next tour, you’re guaranteed to see big, beautiful pictures of it all.

Hotel Tonight

Did your plans for Airbnb fall through? Did your layover flights get delayed? With your booking you never know what’s going to happen and Hotel Tonight is a reliable service that thrives on last-minute offers. The company partners with hotels to provide discounts on vacant rooms, and in less than 10 seconds you will be able to book one. You do get customer service from the Hotel Tonight team 24/7, should anything go wrong. The app has launched a Regular Drop feature that provides for the day with a super-economic offer. You can also book through rooms in one go, and broadcast the information via group chat.

Kiwi

Kiwi is primarily used to book flights, but it can also take care of all your simple travel bookings: planes, hotels, car rentals, even tours and activities. The app offers valuable information about destinations and even airports, telling you how to locate long layover lounges, ATMs and luggage storage. It’s pretty easy to book flights: you can pick from round trips, one-way or multi-itinerary routes. If you’re looking for inspiration, use the special Nomad feature, which includes flight itineraries laid out in packs for you, such as the option to tour Europe. This one has a personalized itinerary featuring the cheapest way to enjoy 3-5 nights in Amsterdam; 3-5 nights in Barcelona; and 3-5 nights in Paris, among others.

(source: sixt.com, sea.pcmag.com, digitaltrends.com, thepointsguy.com, tomsguide.com, and lifehack.org)

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