Five global travel apps that make travelling easy
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Although, solo travel is trending now, who doesn’t want to have fun with friends and drench into exotic locations? Managing the travel charts, cheaper flights, hotel bookings with finances becomes challenging while having fun. Here are some cutting edge technologically vamped travel apps that will take away your entire burden so that you can have a fancy vacation.
While planning a trip, we always try to find out ‘best time to buy air tickets’. Hopper can help you as it finds out the cheapest possible flight ticket and update you the best time to buy via push notifications and you don’t have to periodically check and analyse different flights before booking. The app claims to save you up to 40 pc on your next flight by analyzing and tracking billion of flights. The human interface is user-friendly, as it can book in less than 60 seconds by just giving your destination. The best days for the airfare are colour-coded by least to most expensive, over a six-month period. Hopper predicts how much fares will increase and when, based on historical data and algorithms. It then renders a well-informed “Buy now!” command that you should probably listen to. Hopper offers to book the ticket, with a commission fee of a few dollars.
Kayak serves as a travel search engine that has useful tools and features to focus your search. Kayak look across the web to find your options on flights, hotels, cars and gives you the information so that you can choose the right option accordingly. Kayak often has exclusive deals that you won’t find on other sites. Price alerts can be set and Price Forecast can be seen to know whether you should buy now or wait. Kayak also acts as a trip planner (Trips), organizes all your travel information into an itinerary that you can edit and add to build out your entire vacation. You can also access these details in real time. Explore feature will help you to find all the destinations you can fly within your budget. Features like Flex Search (save money with flexible travel dates) and Private deals (save on hotels and rental cars) are other add-ons of this app. However, the app doesn’t handle booking or customer service and doesn’t have control over price and availability.
Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes (including tree houses, trailers and boats) with people who are looking for accommodations. Whether you need a short-term vacation spot or a month-long stay, the app offers cheaper prices than hotels with a more authentic experience by allowing you to stay with a local, or in their home. In some locations, the site also sells experiences (features called Trips), such as tours, classes, workshops, restaurant reservations and excursions. Travellers can refine their searches by making selections like room type, host language, size and amenities. Travellers can search and contact the database of properties using an online form that appears on each listing page, and can submit a reservation request by clicking the “Book It” button and enter payment details via a secure payment system (Google Wallet, debit and credit cards). Once a traveller pays and the host confirms the reservation, Airbnb holds the payment for 24 hours after check-in before releasing the funds to the host.
When you touch down, Google Trips simplifies where to go, what to do, what to see, or where to eat — even when you’re offline. You need just a Gmail account to access this app. Google’s relatively new Trips app can pull reservations from your email, adding hotel bookings, car rental details, and more. One need to just download the city before embarks on their journey to have anytime access. Even if one’s going to multiple cities, Google Trips can compile them under one trip and point out nearby attractions, the places to chow down, transportation information, nearby hospitals, and how much to tip. Based on stars you’ve added to Google Maps, it can help you focus on sites you want to visit while there. It has other suggestions, too, with maps, information, and photos.
Skyscanner scans the web for flights, hotels and car rental offers and gives you various travel options and provides the best deals. The app searches for the most affordable flights, hotels, rental cars via its travel partners. Similar to Google Flights, you can see the cheapest dates to fly, and you can also get alerts when prices change. Skyscanner offers a category that lets you explore ‘Top Deals’ as well as curate list of destinations at affordable prices. The best deal can be ‘select’ through the button and the app will take you to the online travel agency, airline, hotel or car hire company’s website to book them. The best part is the price you can see on Skyscanner is the price you pay with no extra charges. Few tools of the app include ‘Everywhere search’, ‘Map’, and ‘whole month search’.