I’m back! This time I’m bringing you guys my top 5 travel apps of 2017, since ya know the year is already over. Time flies, right? It’s no secret that I love apps so narrowing down to just 5 for the ENTIRE year was difficult. I pretty much chose the most convenient and user-friendly apps for both new and experienced travelers.
1. Hotel Tonight: If you decide to go on a get away for the weekend then this app is perfect for you. I know that some people are not fully comfortable with the Airbnb idea even though I’m 100000% comfortable with it, so this app is for you. Hotel Tonight let’s you book up to 2 days in advance (correct me if I’m wrong) and shows you prices up to 50% off the original price per night. I used this app when we traveled from Barcelona to Madrid and I believe I paid around $65 USD a night for a 4-star hotel.
2. Hopper: Uh, favorite app ever. Hopper is a life saver and extremely convenient. Hopper tells you whether or not to buy your flight now or wait until it gets cheaper, YES you read that correctly. It’s crazy to think that an app would tell you to wait for a cheaper flight. Another great feature for Hopper is that it lets you check out the complete month to see what dates flights are more expensive or less expensive.
3. Google Translate: Okay, we all know about google translate. Simple, easy, and straight to the point. Well Google Translate has a really cool feature you may not know about. Let’s say you go to Italy and you have no clue on how to speak italian, read it, and much less write it. You’re at a restaurant for brunch and they don’t have menus in English, well with google translate thats not an issue. With the app open you are able to “download language” so you can choose any language you want. This way, you are able to use the language pack while your off wi-fi (aka you need this every time you are out of the country). Then, while your at brunch just open the app, turn the camera on, and VOILA.
4. Skyscanner: Skyscanner works a bit like Hopper but the difference is that you can visit it while on your desktop because it has an actual website as well. If you are flexible with your traveling dates you are able to choose “Whole Month” –> “Cheapest Month” and you can see dates/prices for up to a year. Red means more expensive and green means cheaper. Another cool feature on skyscanner allows you to type in “everywhere” so that you are able to see the cheapest destinations for the dates you choose to fly on.
5. Roomer: Somewhat like Hotel Tonight, except these are rooms that people sell themselves not the actual hotel, this means prices vary A LOT. People sell their rooms for various reasons like personal, family emergency, change of plans, etc. This means you are able to snag great deals at 5 star hotels if you dig deep enough. Functioning similar to Hotel Tonight, this app works best for last minute travel plans. A major plus to this app is that if you are ever in a situation that you can’t make your trip and can’t cancel your hotel room for a refund you can just sell it on Roomer.
I hope that these apps make your traveling plans and life a bit easier. To me it’s hard to narrow down the top travel apps but I felt like these have a lot of good usage and can help you out the most when you’re traveling. You can see my older post on my favorite travel apps here.