Whether you are an old pro at traveling or just starting out, using travel apps is a definite must. There are travel apps for roadtripping, airfare checkers, and even what bathrooms are the cleanest while traveling (so needed, btw!). Here are my must have travel apps that are downloaded on all my devices.
Travel Apps for Flying
I rotate between three apps for when I’m flying. I only book one-way flights as those tend to be the cheapest and easiest to find last-minute deals. I start with Hopper, which is a flight prediction tool. For one-way flights though, only the iOs version is available, not the Android version. Then I head over to flights.google.com (bookmark both on mobile and desktop) and it will pull the flight info for every carrier except Southwest Airlines. Then, I use Skyscanner to keep on eye on a specific flight and it sends me an alert for when the price drops. By using all three together, I’ve been able to score flights from Phoenix to Chicago for $37 and Lsa Vegas to San Francisco for $34!
Travel Apps for Sleeping
It doesn’t matter if you are flying or on an epic road trip, you will need to sleep at some point. Even those friends of mine in RVs find that they want to check into hotels from time to time. My two fave apps for when I want a good night’s sleep are HotelTonight and AirBnb. HotelTonight updates everyday at noon and pulls in places that are near you. These hotels send over their availability and you can find some phenomenal hotels at up to 50% off for that night! I’m also a big fan of AirBnB especially if I am pulling into a city at a weird hour. With AirBnB you can check into your room or apt at any time of the day, some have key codes on the door so that if you arrive at 2:00am, you can check in no problem.
Travel Apps for RoadTrips
By now, you’ve probably heard of GasBuddy, which shows you the closest gas stations and their prices. One of my fave apps though is Charmin’s Sit or Squat. Sometimes you just have to go, but other times, I can wait for a cleaner restroom! I also use Oh! Ranger Park Finder quite a bit to find great National or States parks with all of their amenities and prices loaded into the app.
I’m also a big fan of Uber and Lyft. I use the car service if I want to go and enjoy a good craft beer while traveling. My RV friends use it quite often if they don’t have a car so that they don’t have to take their big rig to dinner.