With summer just around the corner, most of us are overdue for a much needed break. Planning the perfect getaway, however, can be quite the chore. While there are thousands of vacation planning sites that can help, which are the best? Who do you trust? We take the plunge and dive into this ocean of information to bring you the details on the top nine vacation apps. Now you can sit back and relax because planning your next trip is going to be easy and fun.
Vacation Apps: Where to Stay and How to Get There
There are several vacation apps that can help users find great deals on rooms, flights and more.
Priceline Hotel Negotiator can help travelers name their own price and save up to 60 percent on the cost of their room.
Hotel Tonight can help users save up to 70percent on last-minute hotel reservations. Both Priceline and Hotel Tonight are compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices, as well as the web.
Kayak helps travelers to compare rates, find deals and make reservations for lodging, airline flights and car rentals from thousands of providers all over the world. Kayak is compatible with iPhone, Android and the web.
Airbnb lets users find unique, one-of-a-kind lodging from private owners, as well as discover listings from traditional inns, hotels and motels around the world. Airbnb is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Finding Fun Fast
Scout is the updated version of the popular Goby app. It helps users to quickly find what is fun and interesting to do at their location. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices, as well as the web.
Getting the Inside Scoop from Locals
Do you need to know where to get the best barbecue while in Dallas or what to do for fun in Atlanta? With Trippy, just ask and you shall receive! Trippy is free and is the best app to get travel info and intel from local residents or fellow travelers who have been to the location you wish to visit. This app is compatible with iPhone and the web, and lets users ask and answer questions about specific locations.
Stay Organized and On Top of Things
You’ve made your hotel reservations, booked your flight, made arrangements for your car rental and scored tickets to the big game during your stay, but how do you keep up with all of your travel plans? TripIt makes it easy to keep up with all of your plans from one simple app. It’s free and compatible with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, iPad, Blackberry and the web.
AirPorts by Travel Nerd is another free app that can help users stay on track by providing up-to-date flight information. The app also helps users by providing airport parking information and detailed layouts of most airports. This last point is particularly useful in the larger, busier airports, so that users save time and no longer worry about missing their flight, while they have been in search of the nearest bathroom or ticket counter. It’s compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Sharing is Caring and Easy!
Do you enjoy preserving memories from your trips, as well as giving your friends and family members the details of your latest and greatest travel adventures? My Vacation makes it easy for users to create their own personalized travel journal with their own photos, maps, audio and video recordings, and journal entries.
The app is compatible with iPhone and iPad and also allows users to create postcards or trip playbacks from their travel journal. Users can then easily share their getaway with others directly from the app via Dropbox Blogger, Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Flickr and email. The app comes in a lite version, which is free, as well as a standard version for $3.99 and an HD version for $5.99.
Of course, there are many other great trip planning and vacation planning apps that can help you plan your vacation. What sites and apps helped you to plan the perfect getaway? Let us know about your favorite vacation apps in the comments section below. Where did you go on your last vacation? Did you have a great time, or were there a few mishaps along the way?