Top Travel Apps of 2017

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.

Peace Out! 

My 24th birthday in Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸

Many people wish to travel to Spain, and whose to blame them? Spain is a country full of charm, culture, history, and most importantly SANGRIA. However, If you do not possess much knowledge of the Spanish culture you will never realize that Barcelona is it’s own entity.

Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain. This region also includes Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. Catalonia’s culture actually differs from the Spanish. For one, their “national” animal is the donkey (presumably making fun of Spains bull). They also speak their own language but don’t worry all those years of high school Spanish you took will still come in handy because they speak Spanish as well. I do suggest learning SOME Catalan words such as “exit” and “enter” as they will provide good use when you are using the metro. Catalans even have their own version of the Paella which is referred to as “Fideua” if you prefer pasta over rice. My favorite Catalan aspect is their “Crema Catalana” that I tried poured over a waffle – talk about a mouthgasm!

Now that I gave you a bit of background information we can dive into all the good stuff!

The first day you arrive in Barcelona (or any European country) I HIGHLY recommend doing a tour bus or “hop on hop off” bus. These buses have different routes of all of the “must see” attractions that a city has to offer. Usually the routes are broken into “historical” and “modern” routes (I recommend doing both). This way you can see what sites you personally would like to see and what sites you don’t care for. A really good pro about these buses are that they run the majority of the day and at every stop you can “hop off” and visit the actual site on the route and walk around the neighborhood. Once your done you go back to the bus stop (busses run every 5-10 minutes) just don’t forget your receipt or you won’t be able to get back on. These tours run around $30 US Dollars for one day tours online – they will cost more at their kiosks.

After you take the bus tour I would suggest to break down the rest of the days which sites you would like to spend time at. It helps if you decide to go to 2 or 3 sites that are near each other in the same day (that way you’re not wasting too much time on transportation). ALSO – very important, places like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell sell tickets quick so make sure to get tickets to those as soon as you figure out what day you would like to visit (usually 3 days in advance). You could even go to a Barcelona game at Camp Nou – the experience is truly one of a kind.

When it comes to nightlife Barcelona does not fall short. There is something going on everyday of the week. People around here don’t wish for Friday because everyday feels like it! First thing that you should do is download an app called “Xceed”, this app gives you first hand dibs on guestlists at every club in Barcelona. For instance, I love hip hop music so I would go on Xceed and look for clubs with a “hiphop or reggeaton” night. Once you sign up – most clubs run guestlist until 2am. After this time you may get in by paying 10-15 euros with 2 drink tickets (TALK ABOUT A DEAL).  If by any chance you CAN’T download Xceed if you get to the club early enough promoters will be standing outside handing out fliers that can get you in free or for a discounted price.

My nightlife picks for each day of the week based on hiphop music:

Monday – CDLC

Tuesday – Jamboree

Wednesday – Pacha

Thursday – Catwalk/Pacha

Friday – Eclipse at W Barcelona (views here are to die for)

Saturday – Catwalk/Shoko

Sunday – Eclipse at W Barcelona

(me at Eclipse!)

The next question you may ask is “How do I get to and from all of these places?” Barcelona’s public transportation system actually doesn’t suck (like it does here in Miami) so it’s fairly easy! The subway aka “the metro” or the bus cost around 3 euros every ride or can you buy day passes or multiple day passes. Also in Spain there is no Uber or Lyft but there is CABIFY which is the next best thing. Cabify operates just like uber/lyft but includes other perks as well. My favorite Cabify perk is that every car contains free wifi! So it is international traveler friendly. Cabify is also cheaper than Uber and costs around the same as Lyft.

Barcelona is truly a wonderful city and enriched in culture. I can’t wait to go back! Stay tuned for my next post regarding the city of Madrid – until next time!