Traveling is expensive. It’s easy to forget that you have to basically pay for everything. Want a nice meal? That will cost you. A good night’s sleep? You bet. It’s not just the big items too. Cups of coffee, taxis, even public transit, it all adds up.
That’s why the average cost of a vacation for just one person is $1,145. So a family of four can expect to pay nearly $5,000! Your wallet is going to need a vacation from that!
To help you put your hard-earned cash back in your pocket, here are five apps that you should use before you book your next trip.
These days, there are enough travel portals to make your head spin. While Skyscanner and Priceline also have their advantages, Kayak edges them out for a few reasons.
To start, the app has a friendly clean interface that makes it easy to book flights, hotels, car rentals, and more. It not only shows you a list of prices but also deals you can get through other platforms.
But the reason it tops our lists is that it also serves an excellent travel assistant. It notifies you about flight updates and gives you everything you need to stay informed every step of your journey.
This one might seem a little unusual compared to the other apps on our list. Let’s find out – what is a VPN? A VPN or virtual private network is a tool which conceals your IP address and safeguards your internet connection. You can choose from different VPN providers but make sure it has a no-logs policy, reliable customer service, and user-friendly interface.
VPNs are excellent for increasing your privacy and security. But they’re on this list because you can use VPNs to change your virtual location to another country and unlock serious discounts on flights and accommodations.
Generally, travel experts recommend either changing your location to your destination country or a lower-income country. These tend to get the best results for better prices. Be sure to combine it with Kayak for even more savings!
Most of us think of TripAdvisor as a good place to read user reviews about the places we’re going to visit. This alone can prevent you from booking a night at some terrible hotel.
But with the app, you can not only get a sense of prices but get a better understanding of them. For example, you might see a steep discount on a 5-star hotel. Wouldn’t that be great?
But if you dig into the reviews, you might see the rooms are discounted because of noisy ongoing renovations. Better to pay full price or find somewhere else instead!
Triposo is a virtual guide you’ll mostly use for sightseeing. It’s very cool. You can input where you’re traveling to, what you like to do, and budget, and then it will put together an itinerary for you.
But it’s also really helpful for figuring out where to stay. For example, you might want to enjoy the nightlife of New York. You can search “nightlife” and set a budget and find awesome things to do.
From here, you can make a more informed decision about where you stay. For example, that deal on a hotel 15-miles out from the city center may not seem so attractive if you have to pay for taxis everywhere you go!
You definitely noticed by now how quickly flight prices can change. You check one flight and decide to buy later only to see the price has gone up another $100. So you can buy the tickets immediately only to see that after you book, it’s back down again.
Getting into the complexities of airline ticket prices is another story. What Hopper allows you to do is find the best time to book based on their algorithmic predictions. You select where you’re going and Hopper when they’ll send you notifications advising you whether to wait or go ahead with your purchase.
Since their founding in 2006, they have helped travelers save over $3.2 billion. And they’re developing a tool for hotel booking that’s already in beta mode, so you can try it now!
Save Money on Your Next Big Trip
We’re all ready to get out there and stretch our legs. Whether you’re headed to Europe, Asia, or just one town over, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for your flights and accommodations.
Instead, use these great apps to save big, so you can spend your money on having the best vacation possible instead.
Adriana & Matěj
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