Frequent traveling is something that takes a great deal of time and practice to get good at. When I think about it, it’s an odd thing to say you’re “good” at traveling so let’s go with efficient. I went from being someone who traveled on planes 2-3 times a year to sometimes taking 5 flights in one weekend. I consider the process of traveling begins not at the airport but actually during the booking process. A huge aspect of how I find flight deals, book hotels and keep up with my trip information revolves around my iPhone. Keep reading to find out what I think the Best Mobile Travel Apps are and how I use them.
I tend to forget how overwhelming the process of travel can be for a lot of people. At this point I’ve seen it all, (Read my post here about problems with flying to find out some of these stories) so it takes a lot to phase me.But I am reminded that traveling can be really anxiety provoking for many people and understandably so! I have a toolbox of the Best Mobile Travel Apps I heavily rely on. This does change from time to time as I am always experimenting with newly released apps.
These are my go to Best Mobile Travel Apps. I use an iPhone, but all but one of these applications are available on both Apple and Android.
Hopper is an amazing resource for planning and booking flights. This application comes especially handy when you have some wiggle room in flight dates. Here’s the run down, you enter your destination and travel dates and it will show you price predictions. Sometimes you may be ready to book but Hopper has flight price predictions on wether or not you should wait for a better price or if now is the time to book.
Hopper can also notify you of price changes that way you are getting the best deal on your flight. I like how it color codes the calendar by green, orange and red to reflect prices. This allows you to say “Hey, if I leave two days earlier I save $150 on my flight.” Hopper is a tool I love to use for planning trips. (Let me know if you’d like a post on how I plan trips, as it can be a process!) *iOS and Android*
There are a handful of well known and liked discount hotel booking websites and applications. I have used them all from Expedia, Kayak, Priceline etc. Hotels.com has a beautifully designed iPhone application and is incredibly user friendly. But the biggest reason I stay entirely loyal to using their service is due to Hotels.Com Rewards.
Their rewards program is free to sign up and has no minimum requirements to earn perks. Every time you book a night through Hotels.Com, you earn a night on their loyalty program. Every 10 nights you stay via Hotels.Com you earn a free night to redeem on a future booking. They take the cost per night of your 10 stays and average the price and that is the amount you have to apply towards a free night. I have done this countless times and it feels great when you have a free night to redeem. There are no strings attached although from time to time there is a hotel that does not accept rewards. (I have only run into this maybe once.) *iOS and Android*
Another application I love to use is called App in the Air. App in the air keeps up with all of your flight and hotel reservations, and get this. Link the app to your email and any booking confirmation that comes through is automatically imported to your App In The Air account. Once the details are imported, you get notifications of when it’s time to check in for your flight, gate changes and flight status updates. If you have a hotel for the same trip it automatically connects it to your travel plans. That way you have your hotel information conveniently with your flight information. Gone are the days of printing out all of your flight confirmations and hotel reservations. Give this app an try and see how great it keeps your travel plans organized for you. *iOS and Android*
Something that can be really confusing when you are traveling internationally is understanding the time difference. This is especially an issue if you need to know the correct time of your home if you have a conference call or would like to check in with your family when you’re gone. Or maybe you are someone that has to schedule meetings with people who live in other parts of the world. (I struggle with this a lot!)
Enter Globo, not your average world clock. What Globo does is allow you to set a time in a location, and it will reflect the correct time of another destination you choose. So even a future time if that makes sense. Yes I understand that Adelaide is 13.5 hours ahead of me on the East Coast, but help me figure out what time it will be in Adelaide at 6:00 PM even though it’s currently 5:00 PM in New York. You no longer need to try and count out the hours on your fingers. Hopefully I am not the only one who struggles with this and is helpful to you too. (lol) *ios only*
I’m sure somewhere along your google searches for traveling you have come across Trip Advisor. But if you haven’t, Trip Advisor is essentially the Yelp reviews for anything you need to know about a travel destination. From hotel reviews, resultants and activities, you can find all of the information and reviews you need about a place from fellow travelers.
I like to use Trip Advisor specifically when I am planning a vacation / trip and not something work related. I enjoy looking at Trip Advisor for hotels because sometimes you can get a bit more honest information versus only what a hotel chooses to show you. Real life travelers don’t hold back on the good and the bad, and have photos to prove it. Definitely add this to your travel app tool box. *iOS and Android*
My last application I am going to tell you about is a super awesome app called Transit. Transit is an application that plans how you are going to get from point A to point B looking at different options you have including public transportation. This app is key when you are in cities like New York or London.
Transit provides you detailed and time specific transit plans and shows you more than one option. It will provide you with accurate departure and arrival times. Transit even shows you the time it would take you if you decided to take an Uber. (It isn’t always the fastest option!) I have used this application in many cities and it is available in over 175 cities worldwide. Download this application and it will have you feeling like a pro navigating the Tube in London. (Just remember, walk on the left unless you want to get yelled at!) *iOS and Android*
There you have it! These are what I consider to be the Best Mobile Travel Apps. I highly recommend you try some if not all of these for your future trips. Do you have any apps you think I should know about? I love trying new apps in my travel routine. Let me know in a comment below. Also, if you like this post, consider sharing it on Facebook!