6 Best Travel Apps: Besides the Basics

I am all about making things easier! I am planning a trip to Europe and I have been researching apps that can really help me. I have been buying plane tickets, train tickets, hotels, and mapping out my entire itinerary before I even leave. It’s so stressful but so fun! My friend and I are planning together, and we both aren’t exactly the most on-top and organized people, so we have apps that make everything SO much easier.

Keep reading to see if you can pick up an extra tool!

Tripit

TripIt
What it is:Travel Organizer
Free or paid: They have free and premium versions
IOS and Android

Free version: It stores all your confirmation numbers, reservations, contact info. You can make changes to your itinerary, add notes, photos and you can share your travel plans with a link. It keeps all your documents in 1 place and auto imports confirmations from your email.

This literally makes EVERYTHING so much easier to see. I need to see things visually, and this really helps me from losing my mind with confirmation numbers and itineraries.

Premium benefits: $4.09 per month. You can set real-time alerts,  find better seats on flights, flight refund notifications, it can track your reward points, and has extra VIP benefits. Check out the details

*Thanks to the KevinandAmanda blog that turned me onto this amazing app!

skySkyscanner
What is it: Searchable Engine for Flights, Hotels, and Cars
Free or Paid: Free!
IOS and Android

Free Version: It can search hundreds of airlines for the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals. Allows customizing based on price, geographical location, reviews, and even rental car features. Special note: compatible with the apple watch! I have been using this daily to watch certain flights to see if they’ll get lower. Wow, I love this app. Check out the details

*Thanks to my friend CHARLOTTE for telling me about this app!

xe currency

XE Currency
What is it: App that helps you convert your currency to any other currency.
Free or Paid: Free and Premium
IOS, Android, Blackberry

Free Version: Besides converting currency, it shows you live rates, when they change, and in which country.

Premium Version: $1.99-You can ‘follow’ 20 currencies instead of 10 (free) to stay up-to-date and no advertisements.

Honestly, I don’t see a big difference, so I wouldn’t get the premium version.
Check the details *Thanks to Paradise- Kerala  for the awesome blog about this app!

postagram.jpgPostagram Postcards
What is it: An app that lets you create and send postcards for 99c!
IOS and Android
Free to download, pay to send postcards

Free Version: You can add 140 characters, it has a pop-out photo you can keep, and they can be mailed to anywhere in the world! High quality paper and fast shipping. Such a cute idea! I love that I can send my OWN photos instead of buying them at souvenir shops. I feel like it is more personalized. I can’t wait to send them from Ireland!

Check the details- Android
Check the details- IOS

Thanks to Infogramania for the tip about this app!


venmo.jpgVenmo
What is it: A ‘digital wallet’ that lets you send money to friends instantly.
IOS and Android
Free!

Free Version: You can connect your bank accounts safely and transfer money to friends. It is so quick! My friend and I are using this to repay each other if one of us buys the hotel for 5 nights or  train tickets together. So convenient!
Check here for the details *Thanks to my friend LIZ for telling me about this fantastic app!

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TripAdvisor
What is it: An amazing travelers forum with reviews and advice on everything!
Free or paid: Free!
IOS and Android

Free version: You have access to one of the best travel forums that includes reviews for hotels, restaurants, activities, and things that are near you. I am obsessed with their website, so their app is a MUST HAVE. Great for finding unique things to do on the road. I can’t wait to use this in Europe.

Check the details here *Thanks to TripAdvisor for making this great app!

Some NECESSARY & BASIC APPS that you must-have when you travel are:
Google Maps– for easy directions
Uber– quick getaway ride
Yelp- helpful reviews for restaurants/activities (if you don’t have tripadvisor)

Of course, there are THOUSANDS of apps that you can use for travel, but I happen to be using these quite often! Have you used any of these apps? I am so in love with TripIt and Skyscanner! They’re all great apps, but I personally have been using these two every day when I am in full-on-planning mode. Comment and let me know if there’s one that you are obsessed with! I’d love to know!

Spot you soon,
Red!

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