How did people travel before the Internet came along to make
everything so very easy? Smart phones in particular have played a key role in
making travel simpler and more affordable. There are now thousands of clever apps
out there to help you save money on the road and here is a rundown of a few of
The Kayak app is an extension of the website of the same
name, the ultimate flight aggregator search engine. Kayak searches not just
airline sites, but even other price aggregator sites like Orbitz and Priceline,
to bring you the lowest-priced flights anywhere on the Internet. Recently their
search engine has expanded to help you find hotel and car rental deals.
Don't be tricked into paying a king's ransom for parking at
the airport. This app helps you find privately owns lots near your airport of
choice, where you can store your car for a fraction of the price of the
official lots. The app lists parking lot options near hundreds of airports across
North America and the UK.
If you find yourself looking for a last-minute hotel room,
Hotel Tonight can help you save a ton of money. Every day at noon the company
releases last-minute hotel room deals for that very night, usually at basement
prices. The app covers 12 countries, including the US, and can help users find
incredible deals – think New York City for under $100 a night.
If you are road tripping in the US or Canada, GasBuddy can
save you money on fuel. You simply enter your zip code or location via GPS and
GasBuddy finds the cheapest nearby gas station. You can also search by
amenities like ATMs and bathrooms. If you are low on fumes GasBuddy can just
guide you to the closest station using Google Maps.
The San Francisco start-up HipMunk has quickly gained
popularity for their useful app. It's more than your typical flight and hotel
search engine aggregator, thanks to a few unique features. In addition to your
typical hotels and guesthouses, the accommodations search also brings up
apartment rental listings from AirBnB and HomeAway. These options can sometimes
be significantly cheaper and more comfortable than a hotel room.
HipMunk's flight search is also unique, in that it lets you
sort flights using criteria like layover length, departure time and total trip
time, instead of just by price. This way you can find not only the cheapest
flight, but the most comfortable.
This app is a search aggregator for car rental deals. You
tell it what you are looking for and it searches 15,000 national and
international car rental locations to find the best deals near you. You can
also save time by booking online via the app and skip pricey walk in rates.
The modern traveler lives and breathes free Wi-Fi, and this
app was created to make sure you never have to go without. Free Wi-Fi Finder
uses its database of user-reported data to tell you exactly where to go to get
connected. Best of all, you don't need to already be online for it to work- it
uses your phone's GPS and previously downloaded information.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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