With our travel-planning for this year full-speed ahead, I’ve been researching planning sheets (yes I’m a massive planner, especially when it comes to time and budgets) and apps to help us along the way.
I have found that there are plenty of apps, products and services all designed to streamline your holiday preparation to ensure you make the most of your well-earned time off.
Here are a few time-saving travel apps worth noting, you can use them both on your travels and during travel planning:
This one is a no-brainer! Google Maps is a real time-saver when it comes to finding your way around, especially in an unfamiliar or new city. I always like to take screen shots on my phone of routes in advance so that if I don’t have Wifi while in route, I don’t lose my directions!
Google Trips gathers all your travel information from Gmail and Inbox and organises it automatically. It also maps out half-day or day itineraries, with suggestions of things to see or do. The cool thing about this one is that it works entirely offline, so you don’t have to worry about arriving in a new country and having to find a wifi spot before you can find out where you’re going.
Hopper allows you to predict the right time to purchase airline tickets and get the best flights (it uses some unique memory-based algorithm). Hopper asks you where you want to go and then lays out a convenient price calendar for you to see average prices. There are no hidden fees, just the confidence that you’re booking smart and saving money.
PackPoint is a smartpacking list app, it automatically generates a packing list for your trip: you just enter the destination, date of travel and length of stay along with some details about the activities you are planning.
On Time Out you can discover and explore new places to eat and drink in the city you are in with curated lists of great restaurants, events, bars and things to do. On the app, you can book concert tickets and make reservations to help with your forward travel planning.
Booking.com is one of my all-time favourite booking apps when it comes to finding accomodation. You can book places in advance with free-cancellation. It has big savings on hotels in 118000 destinations worldwide. You can easily browse hotel reviews and find the guaranteed best price on hotels for all budgets. I hear they are also especially good for listing in developing countries.
GTFO (which stands for Get The Flight Out) is like Hotels Tonight, but for flights–which drop significantly in price when you get close to the date of departure. If you’re into spontaneous travel and a cheap deal, then this one is for you
Airbnb connects you with homeowners who rent out their homes or apartments. You’ll get all the comforts of home, the chance to stay in a local, non-touristy part of where you are going, and often pay a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. (Note that if you’re new to Airbnb, get $50 AUD off your first trip here!)
Google translate is a super useful tool for communicating abroad to avoid any awkward language barriers, Google Translate features over 60 languages and allows users to speak the text as well as type it. No more sorting through language books to figure out what people are trying to say!
Skyscanner searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget airlines that larger sites may miss. It’s a great way to price compare when you are planning out your flights.
Happy travel planning x