10 best travel sites and apps to make your vacation easier – Whether you are in the planning part of your trip, looking for the cheapest deals, trying to keep your itinerary organized, or looking for free WiFi when you’re abroad, I got you covered with a list of our must-have apps, and sites to streamline your travels! The travel industry is evolving so many ways, and it is making it easier for us to travel cheaper and smarter.
Planning your trip
Pana: Pana is like an on-demand travel agent that helps you to save time, money and avoid common travel hassles. With Pana you can make a request in the app, or through email or text, soon after you send your request the Pana team will send you the information you need to make a smarter decision. The company searches for recommendations based on your personal preferences, so every user will have a unique experience.
TripIt: TripIt has a site and app that allows you to keep all of your travel plans organized in one spot. You can set it up to automatically import travel plans from confirmation emails in your inbox, and then you’ll be able to edit and adjust your itinerary in one spot. You can also add the people traveling with you or share your travel itinerary with friends or family staying at home. The free version does a lot, and meets most traveler’s needs, but if you want real-time flight alerts, reward program tracking and fare refund notifications, the pro version is well worth the investment.
Time Out: This app is an awesome directory with ideas of things to do in cities around the world. They cover everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events. The event finder tool is especially helpful to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. This app also allows you to book restaurant and concert tickets as well as a customized travel guide for your trip.
Find the best flight & accommodations
Skyscanner: Gives you a broad overview of the best options for flights. They compare a variety of different sites to show you the best options for booking. They give you an option to search for a wide date range as well as the ability to search for any destination around the world.
Hitlist: This free app will track every destination that you are interested in and let you know when prices drop or when it is an ideal time to book that trip. It fast and easy to make your dream list of destination and airport preferences, and Hitlist will keep you updated on everything you need to know from there.
Save time finding a place to stay
AllTheRooms: is the largest search engine to find a place to stay, which means you only need to visit one site to book an accommodation. Their search engine is the only site that lists options for hotels, homes, vacation rentals and more, and will then showcase them side to side. This is great if you are not sure if you want to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb, the company will crunch the numbers for you and help you make your decision.
Wifi Finder by JiWire: One of the hardest parts about traveling can be the lack of accessibility to internet. This free app includes more than half a million internet hotspots around the world, all you have to do is use your phone’s GPS location to show the nearest hotspots which will show both paid and free wifi locations.
Skyroam: If you want to stay connected all the time, use Skyroam. Its $99 for a hotspot that works anywhere in the world, which will give you access to buy wifi plans through day passes (as low as $8 a day for unlimited data), once you select the plan you want you turn Skyroam on and can connect up to five devices.
Google Translate: This tool helps you to quickly translate day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text – such as a sign, or a menu – and Google will translate it for you instantly. It’s an essential app for any traveller.
LiveTrakker: This app creates a digital journal of your travels so you can look back on your trips on an interactive map. The app tracks you as you go, marking a red line along a map on the route you took; the app also monitors your speed and altitude, making it great for adventure travelers. You can add pictures, video, audio and text along the way, creating a multimedia travel diary you can share.
I would love to hear about the travel sites and apps you use as well as any experience you’ve had with the solutions mentioned above!