For those who enjoy traveling, one of the best tools that they have can often be found in their pocket. While your phone isn’t the first gadget that most people think about when planning a vacation, there are now plenty of apps which can help save you money when you do travel. Here are ten worth checking out the next time you decide to hit the road.
Most people know Hotwire for its hotel booking service, but their smartphone app is a great way to try to save money when you’re traveling. The app is designed so that it’s easy and quick to use, but more importantly, it helps you receive last-minute discounts. Hotwire promises that you can save up to 50% off last-minute hotel bookings.
Hotel Tonight is another app that allows you to book discounted hotel rooms at the last-minute. The app lets you book hotel rooms across the world starting as early as noon and ending as late as two in the morning. The app also promises that discounts are as much as 70% off rooms and that each hotel room is vetted to ensure quality accommodations.
If you own a car, you know how expensive it can be to park your car for the duration of your trip. AirportParking is an app that allows you to search for the best and cheapest parking options. You might only know about the airport parking lot where parking is $15 a night, but AirportParking might show you a different parking lot with a $8 a night rate. This app is a great way to save some money on parking when you need to drive your car to the airport.
Have you ever had difficulty keeping all the details of your vacation together? Or maybe you’ve spent countless hours searching for the best and cheapest hotel or flight deals. TripIt is a trip management app for your smartphone that helps you plan and keep track of all your vacation details. The app helps you save both money and time by keeping your itinerary completely organized.
Do you hate spending hours upon hours trying to find the cheapest rental cars, hotel rooms, and flights? Are you worried that maybe you haven’t found the best option because you haven’t spent enough time searching? Well, Kayak is the perfect travel app to save money on your travels. Kayak pulls together hundreds of different travel sites to give you the cheapest flight, hotel, and rental car options. Best of all, this app is available on multiple formats such as android phones, iphones, or ipads.
GateGuru is a great app that gives you all the information you need to know about your airport. After you put in your itinerary, you’re able to see everything about your boarding gate. You’ll be able to figure out what restaurants or stores are located where, what stores and restaurants are popular, and whether or not your flight is on time or delayed. Most user reviews also comment on the restaurants or stores with deals or poor service as well.
If you own a car, you know that gas prices are always on the rise. Whether you’re driving your own car or renting one for a trip, gas prices are going to be a big part of any car travel. The GasBuddy app lets you know what gas stations are in the area and what their current prices are. The prices are updated by other travelers since anyone who updates gas prices receives points that go toward saving money on future gas prices.
When you travel with kids, you know how expensive everything can be. Meals tend to be extra expensive, especially if you have children who tend to be picky eaters or who don’t eat their entire meal. The Out to Eat With Kids app allows you to search for restaurants that have special deals for children or that let children eat for free. This is a great app to have if you’re traveling since you probably won’t know what restaurants cater specifically to children.
Have you ever traveled abroad and been confused about the exchange rate? Maybe you exchanged your money in the airport only to find a cheaper exchange rate somewhere in the city. If you’re unfamiliar with foreign currency, this currency app will be your best friend. It helps you learn what the exchange rate is for over 100 countries and currencies. This app will help prevent you from being ripped off when you go to exchange your money.
Do you have trouble keeping track of what you spend on vacation? Maybe when you travel, you’re always in such a rush that you just throw away receipts or shove them to the bottom of your wallet or bag. Expensify is a great app that will help you keep track of all those purchases by cataloging receipts. You can just take a picture of the receipt or manually log it in to keep track of how much you spend at certain places. This is a great way to remember what you’re spending your money on while you’re traveling.