Need to getaway, there’s an app for that. If not there is sure to be a website designed to meet your destination needs. Travel is easier with the click of a mouse or the touch of a smart phone you have the ability to plan a trip. Discount sites like and Cheaptickets, Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia, TravelZoo, Priceline, even Groupon have made it easier to track down great deals on airfare, hotel and car rental. They are still relevant but smartphone apps are taking a getaway to another level.
Trip Planning, try Tripnary. It’s an app to assist mapping out your vacation based on your budget. This is for the traveler that doesn’t really know where they’d like to go. Plug in your home airport and create a bucket lists for future trips. If you’d like to go somewhere but don’t know where, they breakdown destinations in categories like “Pamper Yourself”, “Explore National Parks” and “Romantic Getaways” to help you narrow it down. Save the places, restaurants, parks and activities. Plus get alerts when airline prices drop then you can book from the app. TripIt is a game changer, you can organize your travel plans via the app. When you get your flight itinerary (add car rental, hotel or restaurant reservations and activities if applicable) email email@example.com and it creates a daily detailed itinerary for you or if you have Gmail or Google Apps it creates one. Sync to your calendars, add or edit via the app or website.
Let’s talk booking flights, Google Flights has your departure city saved, a map of possible destinations and prices for locations as soon as the site appears. Simply add your destination pick your flight from a list of results based on the lowest fares and your travel dates. It’s better than the other discount travel sites, in my opinion. Only one tab opens up, it’s clean and easy to navigate. I also use SmartTravel Fare Alert, and they email me deals that include places I’ve already searched so I can see the prices and snag a deal if the price drops. Airfare Watch Dog is another good one I like because of the social media factor. I see them post on Twitter all the time about deals from different destinations around the world. Hopper fairly new app to the scene and offers flight predictions so you know when to purchase the ticket for your trip. You can set it up to give you updates. This app is said to be great for frequent flyers. And of course discount airlines like Jet Blue, SouthWest, Frontier, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America are always offering deals. Sign up for their newsletters, to see the deals when they hit. I really like to fly Delta Airlines, my second choice is American Airlines so I receive their emails as well.
Where to sleep you ask? Staying in an acceptable hotel could make or break your trip. Despite the fact that you may not be in your hotel room much you still want to be comfortable. Checkout apps for lodging like Hotel Tonight, it’s great for last minute deals on unsold rooms. Airbnb, is for the adventurous offering unique rentals options from local host in cities across the world. Booking.com has an app version as well, unless you are familiar with the area in which you’d like to stay it’s hit or miss with them. I also recommend Jetsetter by TripAdvisor they offer hotels and last minute travel deals via the website or app. If you get their newsletter you’ll see deals each day and some of the best travel articles out there. And being a member of clubs like Hilton Honors, SPG Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Rewards, Club Carlson Hotel Rewards Program and more is always a plus if you have a particular preference. Members receive special deals and benefits. Once you have accumulated a certain amount of points they offer perks like a free night’s stay. Ideally you want to lodge somewhere comfortable and reap as much as you possible can.
“Travel brings power and love back to your life.” -Rumi. Getting to your destination of desire is so much easier these days with the help of technology. Based upon preference and accessibility you have plenty to choose from. No matter what you decide make traveling a priority.