10 Travel Apps That Make Trip Planning Painless

10 Travel Apps That Make Trip Planning Painless

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With a rising number of savvy apps to take the pain out of trip planning, it’s never been easier to plan your next vacation or road trip. Keep these essential planning and booking apps on your phone for smoother, cheaper travel as you watch them change the way you anticipate travel forever.

10 Travel Apps That Make Trip Planning Painless:

  1. Gate Guru: This app will not only tell you the rate of all the hotel rooms nearest to you or where to find the closest car rental place, but its best feature is the day-of guide to restaurants in your takeoff or layover terminal. It will, for example, let you know that there is a great pub at Terminal D near Gate 43 at DFW, as well as where you can find the best steak in all of Atlanta.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  2. Hipmunk: Hipmunk realized that people like to to search flights based on cheapest price, while others search by departure or arrival times and others by the length of the journey (as weird as that might sound). Don’t know where you want to take the new girlfriend this weekend? Hipmunk knows that it’s only $234 to fly from Atlanta to Las Vegas round-trip.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  3. Hopper: Hopper pinpoints when you should purchase your tickets to score the best deal by examining flight prices daily to find the times when rates decrease. And though the concept of analyzing pricing data is nothing new, the hook for Hopper is that you can save a staggering 40 percent on your flight by using its platform.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  4. Hotel Tonight: Hotel Tonight searches the leftover rooms in the destination of your choice to find the best deal at the best location. They handpick a small selection of properties so you’re not scrolling through a bunch of reviews by know-nothing yahoos on Yelp. It’s like Overstock.com for hotel rooms.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  5. Localeur: If you want to locate local dives on your next trip, Localeur is your go-to resource. It’s fantastic for finding hip, on-trend restaurants, boutiques and things to do in big and medium-sized cities in the U.S. The app allows users to immerse themselves in their destination by utilizing insider tips from residents on the can’t-miss places and hot spots. The recommendations are split by interest, so it’s super easy to find like-minded locals who share your same tastes and preferences.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  6. One:Night: Similar to Hotel Tonight, this app offers same-day stays at more than a dozen luxury hotels in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Austin. Every day at 3 PM, the app unveils discounts for that evening.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  7. Transit App: If you’re traveling without a car, consider the Transit App your trusted ally for your commute. The app showcases all transportation choices – from public transit to Uber to bike-sharing to Car2Go options.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  8. Urban Daddy: Want to know the best dance club in Miami. Or where to pick up the CapMetro in Austin. Enter the time and what you’re after, then watch the tiles spin like an old-time train schedule to reveal a list of what to do.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  9. Waze: Whether you’re planning a short or long road trip, carrying Waze can prevent you from sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It offers real-time traffic and navigation alerts, so you can receive up-to-the-minute road closures and disturbances to help you dodge accidents and traffic jams. Better yet, the app helps you locate the cheapest gas station on your route.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

  10. WorldMate: If you want to keep all your trip itinerary details in one place, tap into WorldMate, a free app that coordinates everything from hotel and car rental confirmations to flight status updates in one user-friendly interface.

    Compatibility: Android, iPhone

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