Travel like a pro this spring break with these apps
Lying on the beach is the easiest, but planning the trip can be stressful and sometimes we can be indecisive. Here are some tools that can help!
I’ve looked at a bunch of packing apps, but PackPoint is simple and easy to use. It does exactly what you think it does: it helps you create packing lists so you don’t forget anything.
Enter some details about your trip, including where you’re going, the dates, the type of trip, and what activities you’ll be doing. The app assesses the weather and creates a list of everything you might need.
Many people told me they like TripIt for travel, but it’s more for business travelers.
Tripsy focuses more on leisure with a new app design that makes it easy to organize and share your travel itinerary with friends and family.
Just forward the confirmation emails to the app and it will do the rest.
I also love how you can store important documents related to your trip – PDFs, pictures, whatever.
Search for a hotel
When looking for a hotel, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
But here is my system and it works most of the time.
First stop: Hotels.com. You can enter an address and sort by distance to find the closest hotels to that landmark. Let’s say you want to stay near a relative’s house or a convention center. While many hotel websites are sorted by distance from the city center, I like being able to see exactly how far a hotel is from where I want to be in the first place.
TripAdvisor is a great resource to help you figure out which hotels are the best in town. I don’t just mean 5-star, but you can set the filters according to your preferences and then sort by ‘Traveller Ranking’ to see the best accommodation in any destination.
Finally, I also like to search Google Hotels for my travel dates. I don’t necessarily book my hotel on this site, but I like to use the power of Google data to help me search and find the best deals. Google marks hotels as “deals” when the price is lower than usual. This will save you a lot of money.
Just be careful – Google pricing information sometimes looks too good to be true or leads to a random travel site you’ve never heard of, so be careful.
Flighty is the beautiful flight tracking app on iOS.
You get the basics for free, but if you really want to get the most out of this app, including second alerts, you’ll need to pay for a Pro subscription.
This app is incredible in its simplicity, but also in the depth of information about your flights.
The best part: it automatically syncs with your calendar to find all your past and upcoming flights and provide fun insights like how many miles you’ve flown in a year, how many times you’ve landed at a particular airport, or your lifetime miles. .
Flighty also takes advantage of iOS’s new live tracking feature, which displays up-to-the-minute information on your iPhone’s lock screen.
If you’re on Android or just want something that doesn’t cost anything, check out FlightAware.
It’s not as slick, but it still has excellent free flight alerts from takeoff to landing.
I often use this to track a family member’s flight when they come into town, so I can get updates on their travel progress without constantly refreshing the website.
Out of office
It’s a relatively new app that helps you navigate through the clutter of Yelp or Google Maps or the millions of blogs with travel tips.
The app helps you find the best restaurants and other places recommended by friends or foodies who know the area well.
The app has exclusive access to some secret experiences and benefits in cities across the US
I talked about this website on the radio show. Using the power of artificial intelligence, it creates amazingly detailed travel itineraries for almost any city you can think of. The site already generates around 100,000 itineraries per day, and each one is completely personalized based on the parameters you set, including destination details (Rome with kids!) and dates.
Cheap flight ticket
When it comes to flights, I have a proven method for finding the cheapest flights and the cheapest days to fly. This includes Google Flights and excellent flight calendars, as well as filters to ensure you don’t get restrictive flights that may not include transport. Unless you’re into that sort of thing.
You can see my instructions for the search steps here.