Best Apps for Making Travel Arrangements

Published On April 30, 2014 | App & Software

Whether you’re planning a cross-country summer trip with the family or a romantic getaway with your significant other, you will need a few travel apps to help with the arrangements. These applications can help you work out the specifics of your trip, as well as serve as tour guides and event planners. These travel apps will help take the stress out of planning your vacation so you can have time to relax and enjoy it.

TripIt

Plan the perfect vacation with this all-in-one travel organizer. With TripIt, you can create your itineraries by forwarding your travel arrangements such as plane, hotel and restaurant reservations to plans@tripit.com. You can then access your plans and schedules from anywhere. Your itineraries can also be synced with Google Calendar and Outlook.

TripIt, which was named one of “Time” magazine’s “50 Best Android Apps for 2013” can be downloaded for free from iTunes and Google Play. An upgraded version, TripIt Pro, provides real-time flight alerts and more.

Airbnb

Looking for a romantic or family-friendly place to stay while on your holiday? The Airbnb app allows travelers to scan more than 450,000 vacation rental listings in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries to find one that meets your needs. Book last-minute accommodations, message your host, access your itinerary and get directions all with a few touches.

This free app takes the anonymity out of renting another person’s rental property.

Lyft

It’s easy to get lost when on vacation. When looking to arrive at a destination in a new city but don’t want to drive or take a taxi, call for a Lyft driver. With the Lyft application, you can request a driver in any number of cities who will pick you up and take you safely where you need to go.

All Lyft drivers go through background and DMV checks, are rated by passengers and have up to $1 million in excess liability insurance. Just look for the cars with the bright pink mustaches.

Fodor’s City Guides

Since 1950, Fodor’s travel and tourism guides have been helping vacationers plan the perfect holidays. Now, you can use an app to broaden your plans. With Fodor’s City Guides app, you can make reservations, look up guided tours and more.

Much like the hand-held, original guides, the Fodor’s City Guides app is only available for certain cities worldwide such as Paris, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Paris, Miami, New Orleans and more.

GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas Prices

Gas prices are rising, and it’s easy to get duped by filling your rental car near your hotel or airport where the costs are typically higher. Don’t spend all your vacation money on gas driving around to find the best price. The Gas Buddy app helps you locate the cheapest gas stations in the United States and Canada. Search for gas by postal code or city.

These travel apps will make a big difference whether you’re taking a quick weekend trip or a cross-country journey.

– By Jennifer Thayer 

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