By Trace Ferguson
Even though vacations are supposed to be relaxing, planning can make a trip seem more stressful than fun, before you even leave! From booking flights to figuring out exchange rates, these six free apps (compatible with both iPhone and Android) can take some of the burden out of traveling so that you can spend more time enjoying your trip!
KAYAK Flights, Hotels & Cars
This app is a catch-all for traveling. It allows you to plan and book your flights, hotels and any rentals right from the app. The app will search for the flight times and prices that are best for you. It even provides information on airports and their specific terminals. It is basically your mobile itinerary.
The Airbnb app is giving hotels a run for their money. It lets you book a room or an entire home, and you can even share a home with the host. You can rent cottages, tiny houses, treehouses, you name it. Not to mention, an Airbnb is usually much cheaper than paying over a $100 a night for a hotel and it offers a unique vacation experience.
This weather app is comprehensive and great for traveling. It has the standard day and hour forecasts, but you can also look at the weather two weeks in advance with their 15-day forecast. The app also has an allergy feature that provides information regarding the levels of several types of pollen along with dust and dander. With this app, you won’t be caught without an umbrella or your allergy medicine when you need it while on your trip.
XE Currency is a great app for those who are traveling overseas. You can see the worth of any other currency compared to the U.S. dollar. This app can help you budget accordingly when you are planning for your vacation. It is also useful when you are shopping abroad and want to quickly look up the price of something in U.S. dollars.
Guides by Lonely Planet
This app offers in-depth city guides to an array of vacation destinations worldwide. After you pick your destination city, the guide will show you the must-see spots and top-rated places to eat, sleep, shop, drink and play in that area. The guide also gives you price ranges for each activity and tells you other things to do in your surrounding area. The app is great for mapping out what you want to do in a specific city.
HotelTonight – Great Deals on Last Minute Hotels
HotelTonight was basically made with overnight flight delays in mind. If you needed a last-minute hotel room, you can get a cheap room through this app. It will show you all the hotels in your area with rooms available and the price of each room. This app is perfect for last minute plans.