These days, you need more than a well-packed suitcase … it’s all about the apps to ensure a fun and fancy-free time.
Believe it or not, Snapchat has become a great way not only to quickly share photos and videos of your adventures with family, friends, and followers, but also to discover what’s hot in a given area, thanks to accounts like Travel and Leisure (@TravelLeisure) and Kate McCulley (AdventurousKate). Plus, with the addition of geo-filters that add a fun touch to your snaps, it couldn’t be simpler to document your fun … and inspire major FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
You might be wondering, can I get a hotel rate even lower than those advertised by big travel websites? The answer is, absolutely! This app gives you access to thousands of lowest possible rates on hotels nationwide. Rates are updated daily so you won’t miss out on the best deals available. You’ll be able to view hotel pictures and videos, check their amenities and clip your favorite coupons to your “My Coupons” section. Don’t pay full price for accommodations when you have hotel coupons.
There’s certainly no shortage of currency conversion apps on the market. However, the aptly-named Currency app, is arguably the most straightforward and practical for the purposes of international travel. It has a simple, no-frills layout, and includes charts that allow you to find the best time to exchange your money.
Great for frequent business travelers and jet-setters alike, TripCase allows you to manage your entire itinerary–from flights to hotel reservations–right from your phone. After creating a trip, you can keep friends and family updated by sharing your plans with them.
We know how it is. In the age of instant communication, sending an ACTUAL postcard seems like way too much work. However, if you’re an old soul that still appreciates the retro sentiment, you can have the best of both worlds. Postagram allows you to turn the photos on your phone into real, mail-able postcards. The great part? Once you choose a photo and add an optional message, the app will take care of the printing and mailing of your creation. Does it get any easier?
Do you need a little help when it comes to packing for your next trip? PackPoint has you covered. Simply plug in the details of your next journey, and the app creates a customized list that includes all of the essential items you’ll need.
No more arguing about who owes what for hotels and flights! Just plug your travel expenses into the app, and it will generate a shareable PDF that you can easily send to friends and family. As a bonus, you don’t need an internet connection to access your info.
Figure out the flight that works best for you. Routehappy helps you weigh your options by laying out each airline’s important features, like wi-fi, legroom, and entertainment.
An easy-to-use website alternative when you’re on the go, the Airbnb app lets you search for and book accommodations anywhere with just a few touches and taps.
Don’t leave home without this one. A veritable bible of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, TripAdvisor relies on people like you and I to rank and review the best and the worst. The app is not only useful for planning a trip, but also for discovering cool spots in your immediate area while traveling.
Airport aficionados — or just those who spend a lot of time waiting to catch a flight — will appreciate this app, which scours airports across the country to offer the lowdown on lounge locations, as well as important features like bars and Wi-Fi.