I honestly don’t know how people planned trips before the internet came along. Phone calls? Letters? To quote Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that!” The first “big” trip I ever planned was when I was 25 and my sister and I backpacked through Europe for a month. And this was back in the dark ages of dial up modems. Now we have high speed cable, and a wide variety of apps to help us even more.
Booking hotels: If you’re on the run and traveling without any planning ahead (and if you are, more power to you–I’m a planner), there are a huge variety of hotel booking apps for you. All of these are free:
Expedia: Expedia is how I book 90% of my air travel but for some reason I never think of it for hotel bookings. Enter the app. Not only does it have exclusive savings, you get $25 off the first 3 hotels you book when using the app. Not only that, but you can receive travel alerts and access your trip details no matter where you are in the world–all from your phone. You can also book flights, as you can from the website.
Jetsetter: This app was awarded the “best iPhone travel app” by Apple’s App Store Rewind 2011. It provides information on hotels, vacation homes and tour packages. Great sales and easy to navigate.
Postagram: Super cool app. It turns your iPhone photos into postcards that can be sent by mail. This app has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, TechCrunch to name a few. You can send a postagram in minutes and the person you send it to will receive a glossy photo card. Go ahead, make that friend jealous of your travels! 🙂
Uber: If you haven’t heard of Uber yet, you’re missing out. Developed in San Francisco, this app offers a ride service in cities world wide. They are soooo much more pleasant than cabs–drivers are usually very curteous and it seems like this company is in every city in the world at this point! Easily hooks up to your credit card or paypal so you don’t even have to worry about tipping the driver.
Packpoint: Nobody likes packing. Nobody. Welcome to Packpoint! This app generates an itemized list of things to bring on your trip based on some simple information that you enter about your trip. Weather information can even be taken into consideration. Takes the stress out of packing.
The Converted: If you’re like me, doing any sort of mathematical equation in your head isn’t happening. This currency app helps those who are math challenged. Very minimalist and also includes farenheit/celsius conversions and mile/kilometer conversions.
I’ll add more to this list as more apps come out! 🙂