Traveling is hard
Well, planning for traveling is hard. Booking flights, finding hotels, renting a car, it’s all kind of a nightmare if you’re not prepared. Thankfully, there are plenty of people who try to make that process easier for you with these neat, niche travel apps. From planning your entire trip at once to booking a last-minute flight, these are 5 apps you’ll want to download before you plan your next adventure:
1: Get The Flight Out
Get The Flight Out (or GTFO, for short) is an app that’s great for booking a flight immediately. Immediately as in, between tonight and tomorrow morning. This is great for spontaneous trips, Forgetful Freds who didn’t book their flight, or those of you who need to make a quick getaway from the cops (not the best option, but who am I to judge).
The interface is easy to use, and the app links directly to the websites of major airlines / major travel booking sites (Expedia, Travelocity, etc). Keep in mind that, because the flights are all last-minute, the options are going to be limited and the prices are going to be higher. Still, if last-minute travel is your thing, well, GTFO!
Hopper’s focus is all about predicting the best time to book a flight. You input your destination and timeframe, and the app recognizes that you’re “watching” that flight. It’ll give you an estimate on when to book your flights and also send you push notifications when prices drop!
The User Interface is quite intuitive, with bright buttons and vibrant colors guiding you through the flight-picking process. Plus, the illustrations make finding your flight that much more enjoyable.
Hopper is handy when you have your destination and timeframe figured out already, and have the luxury of waiting for the best price on flights. The push notifications are super handy, taking the pressure of constantly checking flights off of you. If this app is more your speed, hop on over to Hopper!
Hipmunk is another all-in-one travel booking app. It bunches together finding flights, hotels, and (on the website), web calendar integration, bot chatting for easy assistance, and more.
This app also allows for push notifications, which you can set based on either flexible date prices or just general fare alert notifications. If you browse flights instead of searching, there’s a small feed which shows the best deals at the moment.
You can compare flights from every airline and every booking agency. Hipmunk is the best all-in-one app on this list. It’s not lightweight, since it does so much, so expect it to bog down your phone a bit. But, if you’re ready to get your hands dirty and figure out your entire vacation in one sitting, Hipmunk is the way to go.
Hotel Tonight functions in a similar way as GTFO, except, you guessed it, for hotels. HT is pretty self explanatory, it shows you a feed of nearby hotels and AirBnBs with vacancies to help you during that panic-induced, last-minute search for a place to stay.
HT is quick, easy to use, and very well designed. As the company itself boasts, you really can book a hotel in ten seconds…not that you should, but you can.
For anytime when your rooming plans fall through, (Like ours did in Utah) Hotel Tonight should be your tool of choice.
Travel Pirates is yet another all-in-one travel app. While most vacation booking apps deal only with flights and hotels, TP allows you to book: flights, hotels, cruises, entire vacation packages, and more.
There aren’t any filtering options for browsing current deals, so this app is best used for finding a desired vacation or vacation package as opposed to quickly booking a flight or hotel. The app itself links to the mobile site when you finally get to the booking stage, but the all-in-one feed gives you a fantastic list of vacation ideas to choose from.
If you’re interested in browsing adventure ideas or searching for potential all-inclusive vacation packages, Travel Pirates is your travel parrot. You know, for pirating. While traveling.
What’d you think?
Now that you’ve got my list of 5 must-download apps, what do you think of this list? Any other travel tips you would like to learn? Leave a comment below or get in touch!