Spending more money while you’re enjoying time off from work is not ideal, which is why some of the best tech companies have invented great apps for those who love to travel and save as much as possible.
From finding the best hotel prices and car rental deals to trip planners and more, these six travel apps that we’ve selected have won their top spot on our list (and we hope they do the same with you!). Here’s which ones we recommend worth having on your phone.
Hotel Tonight helps you find hotels nearby as well as their availability that day, the following day or a week from today, which is perfect for those who need something last-minute. Since the prices are less than what you would usually find elsewhere, bookings are non-refundable (or, have penalties for canceling). The best time to use the app is during the off travel season for the destination you’re flying to.
Are you an Airbnb user and fan? Then you’ll love Turo, which is like an Airbnb, but for cars. With Turo, users can rent out their own cars whenever they are not being used (especially if they are traveling themselves). Just like Airbnb, you can choose from a wide variety of vehicles—both luxurious and economical. For the most part, Turo is a much better option than renting from Hertz or similar car-rental businesses.
When you’re renting a car and staying at a hotel for a long period of time, parking can get a bit expensive (especially if you are charged by the day). Luckily, there’s SpotHero, which looks for parking in the surrounding area and gives you the option to select not only the closest option but also the cheapest. And the other best part? You can pay through the phone! Forget the hassle of using your credit card or cash. Plus, the customer service is spectacular—if you have issues, you can choose another parking area that SpotHero will honor for the same price.
LoungeBuddy will give you information and ratings on lounges within the airport you’re in, all over the world. You can view the ones you have free access to, and also have the option to purchase access to a lounge on a layover at a discounted rate. Wandering around airport terminals will be a thing of the past—lounges are the only way to travel in comfort (and style).
How many of you trust or don’t trust the currency exchange rate you’re getting at the store or kiosk you visit while traveling abroad? With the XE Currency app, you can get an instant currency exchange rates for as many currencies as you like. It even works offline! It’s the best option for those of you who travel and want to make sure you are getting a bang for your buck.
Planning a getaway is not everyone’s forte, and some of you may not even enjoy that part. So to make planning a breeze, make sure to add Journy to your list of apps on your phone. With this travel app, you can schedule your days and make reservations in over 60 destinations around the world. Curate your planner to activities you enjoy for your age group at the right price. Need help? The Journy team can help you find the right sites and dining experiences that will make your vacation the best one yet! You also get directions and maps, as well as notifications for all your reservations, all within the app. It’s a must for anyone who wants to make sure they get the best of what that city has to offer.