Thursday, June 15, 2017

Travel Apps and Tips

In case you had to miss our presentation about travel tips and apps, we compiled the list of our favorite apps and travel sites below.

Google Flights: Use this aggregator to search for the best airfare to your destination. You can also see which specific dates are cheapest to fly in and out of your destination. Search the cheapest place to fly for specific dates or use the filters to choose an amount of time and a general region to see the best deals (ex. ticket to Europe for one week in October).

Kayak and Momondo: Search for flights, hotel rooms, apartment rentals, packages and inspiration. These aggregators pull from all over the internet to find you great deals. Use the filters to narrow your searches. or Apps available.

Lodging:, and TripAdvisor: Use these aggregator sites to find some of the best hotel deals on the web. Filter your search based on ratings, location, price, property type, and more to get exactly what you're looking for.,, and Apps available.

Airbnb and VRBO: Try renting an apartment or a house instead of a hotel room. Often times you can find a cheaper place with more space and in a unique location. These services are especially great for larger groups. Check both sites as they often times have different listings. or Apps available.

Dayuse: This is great for when you need a hotel room for just a few hours during the day. Take a nap or a shower or use the hotel's spa and services. Get up to 75% off the price of an overnight rate. App available.

Car Rentals: 
Autoslash: Get great deals on rental cars. You can enter your discount memberships before you get quotes to be sure you're getting the best deal. Autoslash will track rental price changes right up until the pickup date, and re-books users into these savings automatically.

Turo: Use regular people's cars while they're not driving them. You can get unique cars that you may not be able to find at the rental counter. Some owners will drop off the car to you. Prices are comparable to most rental agencies. App available for iPhone only.

Planning for Your Trip:
Viatour: Use to find things to do, sightseeing tours, day trips and more. Find and book city tours, helicopter tours, day trips, show tickets, and more. App available.

TripAdvisor: Find the best rated "things to do" in almost any city, ranked in a list. Read reviews and see reviewers pictures. You can also use to find hotel ratings, restaurants, and vacation rentals close to your destination. App available.

GeoSure: GeoSure rates nearly every city in the world with a population of over 100,000 and will soon rate every neighborhood of every city, covering six critical safety categories: overall security; physical harm; theft; basic freedoms; disease and specific threats to women's safety. App available.

PackPoint Premium: PackPoint will organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned during your trip. App available, $2.99.

Rome2Rio: shows all your travel options including: plane, train, bus, car, ferry, bike share, driving, and walking directions all in one search. App available.

Fodors: Use to find the best travel destinations, hotels and restaurants. App available.

Yuggler: Use this app to find curated ideas, opinions, and photos and about activities, places and happenings for great family fun when you're traveling. App available.

On Site Apps:
SAS Survival Guide: For the more adventurous traveler- in case you need to know how to start a fire, send a morse code signal, hunt, or use first aid. App available, $6.99.

RunGo: Explore new running routes with turn-by-turn voice directions. App available for iPhone only.

Sidekix: With the Sidekix app, you can see the highly rated places around you, including curated listings specially chosen by local bloggers. Want to go on a shopping spree, pub crawl, gallery hop? Sidekix chooses routes based on what you want to see and do along the way. App available for iPhone only.

Yelp: Looking for a nearby bar, restaurant or laundromat? Use the yelp app's GPS to help you find nearby services and get reviews. App available.

Google Translate: In a foreign country and can't speak the language? Use Google Translate to figure out how to speak with locals. You can also use the camera to capture the text on a menu or sign and have it will instantly translate. The microphone option allows you to speak into microphone and the app will translate and speak the translation out loud. App available.

Uber: Use to get rides in most cities in America and many cities globally. App available.

XE Currency: Get real time currency exchange rates to help you determine how much money you're really spending. App available.

Email Newsletter:
TravelZoo: Sign up to get weekly emails of the top 20 best travel deals that week, and occasional deals on local events. App available.

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