Travelling is one of our favourite things IN THE WORLD. And so is tech, including apps. So, here are our top 5 free apps that make travel or trip planning even better (if possible)! You’re welcome.
Hopper is perfect for your trip planning stage. We love it and trust it and 100% recommend it.
Here’s why we love Hopper for travel:
–Hopper uses data to predict flight and hotel prices, and shows you the ideal times to book your next adventure.
–It doesn’t just predict the cheapest season or month to travel. Hopper shows the cheapest day to book your flight or hotel.
–There are price alerts! Search your ideal trip, and then set the Watch feature. Hopper will send you notifications when the prices to your destination are low.
–According to the app’s website, the average Hopper user saves $50 on airfare per ticket!
Long story short: Hopper will be your best friend when you’re trying to plan your next trip.
So download Hopper now and find your ideal flight!
2. Transit App
Transit App is our favourite app for planning day-to-day transit during your trip. Plus, it’s Canadian!
Here’s why we love Transit App for travel:
–It’s available in 175 cities!
–Transit Apps shows you the best routes and transit arrival/departure times so you can efficiently make it around a new city to check off your must-see landmarks list.
–Easier to plan your day with Transit App’s accurate transit timing, as it uses real-time data to display the subway or bus arrival times you’re waiting for. You can actually see your train moving towards you in real-time!
–The COOLEST feature of Transit App is that you can actually order an Uber or buy a bikeshare pass FROM THE APP in cities where this is applicable.
Long story short: Transit App is the ideal all-in-one app for getting around new cities, whether by bus, train, Uber or bike!
Download Transit App for your next urban adventure!
3. Carrot Rewards
Carrot Rewards is a health app for Canadians that gives you rewards every day that you hit your personalized step goal.
And the best part? You get to choose your own rewards (check out our post on Carrot Rewards to learn more about the rewards options)!
Here’s why we love Carrot Rewards for travel:
–When you travel, you often get lots of steps in a day… And because Carrot works even when you’re abroad, you have a high chance of getting your daily rewards from all that walking!
–If you’re travelling with a friend who also has the app, you can do a weekly Step Together Challenge for bonus rewards!
–One of Carrot’s rewards options is AeroPlan Miles, so you can build up your Miles to TRAVEL MORE. And why not earn your Miles during your vacation?!
Long story short: We love Carrot for travel because you get rewarded for exploring a new place and just living your best life.
Don’t take off without Carrot Rewards!
WhatsApp is a popular app for messaging and audio or video calling. And when you’re travelling, as long as you have data or wifi, it’s totally accessible.
Here’s why we love WhatsApp for travel:
–Stay in contact with friends and family at home through WhatsApp, so they can keep up with your adventures.
–If you’re travelling with a group, WhatsApp is great for staying in touch via group chat in case you get separated from your squad and want to be reunited.
–WhatsApp is available on phones worldwide. So, if you want to meet up with new travel friends from your hostel, or need to contact your airbnb host, you can exchange numbers on WhatsApp and call or message them whenever you want.
Long story short: WhatsApp is a useful app if you want to stay connected and in touch during your travels.
We love it!
Splitwise is our favourite money app for travel with a buddy or a group. Create your “Trip” on the app, and then share it with whoever is travelling with you.
Here’s why we love Splitwise for travel:
–Whenever you or your travel buddy pays for something shared (ie. transit, airbnb, gas), add the costs to your “Trip” and it’ll update on everyone’s app.
–At the end of your trip, Splitwise will do all the math and show you exactly how much money is owed to each person on the trip.
Long story short: Splitwise is simple to use and takes away the awkwardness and complications of splitting costs with other people.
Make sure you and your travel buddies have Splitwise on your smartphones before your next trip!
What are your favourite travel apps? Share in the comments below!