Apps for an Affordable Spring Break
No matter your age or what you’re looking to do, you know there’s an app that’ll help. Travel apps are no different. There are tons of travel apps out there, but we’ve narrowed down the ones that we think will help you the most in your quest for an unforgettable yet affordable spring break.
Whether you’re flying or driving, there are great apps that can help:
- GasBuddy will help you track down the cheapest gas while you’re on the road. You can even share cheap prices with the 40 million drivers using the app.
- Kayak was just bought by Priceline, so you’ve got all bases covered! This site lets you compare hundreds of travel sites at once for not only airfare or car rentals, but hotels and vacation packages as well.
- Hipmunk does the same think as Kayak but with a simpler interface and a sense of humor. Its streamlined functions are easy to use but the search capabilities aren’t as robust as Kayak.
Sure, everyone already knows about the biggie travel sites/apps like Travelocity and Expedia, but what if you’re traveling on a budget? Here are some apps to book some bargains:
- Airbnb lets you book affordable and unique accommodations in more than 190 countries around the world. It also lets you research fun and even trendy places to eat, shop and drink. The catch is, you’re staying in someone’s home, not a hotel. You may get an entire home, condo or apartment or just a room to stay in.
- Hostelworld.com is for travelers on a real budget. You can choose from hostels worldwide. Plus, it offers reviews so you know what you’re getting yourself into!
- HotelTonight is for when you have to make those last-minute hotel reservations. It not only taps into those day-of discounts, it can help you snag a room in 12 countries.
- GateGuru has searchable directories for 98 U.S. airports and more than 25 international ones. For those times you’re stuck at the airport, this app helps you find a decent cup of coffee, the nearest ATM or even a spa. It even offers user reviews and photos for some locations.
- Howcast and its video tutorials put you “in the know” for certain destinations including business etiquette, eating local delicacies, hailing a NYC taxi and more general “how to visit …” videos for various locales.
- Eater helps you eat where the locals eat. If tourist traps and chain restaurants aren’t your thing, then this app will help give you the scoop on some hidden gems.