Now that summer’s here, it’s time to enjoy the sunshine, fancy umbrella drinks and sand between our toes. Download these apps to help navigate the maze of trip planning and truly relax during your time off.
For streamlined trip planning, head to the TripAdvisor app. Sift through user-generated reviews of hotels, restaurants and things to do. Looking for some more information from travelers like you? Head to the forums and post a question or browse through the feeds to get the information you want. When you come across something you’d like to see or do, save it to the app so you can come back to it later. Change currencies for travel overseas and search and book flights straight through the app.
Hipmunk saves you time by compiling all of the top travel sites’ flight and hotel deals into a single list of results. The app’s unique display makes it easy to visually compare results to choose what’s best for you. Unlike other travel apps, Hipmunk doesn’t just show you the cheapest flight first—it sorts by “agony” instead, factoring in such things as flight duration, number of layovers and price.Hotel results are shown on a map, so you can see exactly where you’d be staying at your destination.
TripIt organizes all of your travel plans into a single, simple itinerary that you can view on the app. Share your travel plans with family and friends, so they’ll know exactly when to pick you up from the airport. An upgrade to the Pro version is amazingly valuable for frequent travelers. You can manage your travel rewards points, plus get alerts when your flight is delayed and if cheaper flights become available. Stuck in a middle seat? TripIt’s newest feature alerts you when a better seat becomes available.
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