Are the mountains calling your name? When you close your eyes do you see yourself sitting on a beach, sipping on a delicious drink?
It might be vacation time in your mind, but you’ll need the money in your pocket before you book your next trip.
Luckily, you don’t need to clean out your bank account for your next vacation. These seven apps will help you find cheap gas, inexpensive airfare, and affordable hotel rooms so you can take your next vacation from dream to reality.
Who doesn’t like saving money at the pump? If you’re planning a road trip, you’ve probably already had your eye on gas prices for a while. For the past 20 years, GasBuddy has saved its users money by showing them exactly where those deals on gas are.
One of GasBuddy’s best features is its Trip Planner. You input your starting location, destination, and whether it’s a one-way or round trip. Choose between US and metric measurements. Then, input your vehicle year, make, model, city (mpg), and highway (mpg) — along with your tank size and fuel type. GasBuddy will calculate the cost of your trip for you!
Camping is possibly the most affordable way to travel – and it allows you to disconnect from the online world while also soaking up all the benefits of nature. What’s not to love? The Campendium app is a treasure trove of information for anyone serious about camping.
Learn about places where you can camp for free. Get the inside information on camping in the National Parks. If you’re interested in RV camping, find out the best places to go with your RV. The Campendium blog is also jam-packed with useful tips and tricks, such as The Ultimate Guide to Boondocking and the 9 Best Campgrounds for Beach Camping in California.
Just like the app’s name implies, HotelTonight will help you find fantastic deals on hotel rooms – especially if you’re flexible and traveling spontaneously. HotelTonight lists rooms available not only all over the United States, but all over the world. Keep an eye on the app for last-minute getaway deals!
Here’s an app that will be especially helpful if you’re traveling to several countries (think backpacking around Europe or sightseeing in Asia). It doesn’t matter if your trip is far away from your usual cell service provider because you don’t need the internet to use TripCoin.
With this app, add your daily expenses and see exactly where your money is going. Export the summary of your trip to Excel, Numbers, Open Office, or Google Spreadsheets. Create as many trips as you need on Tripcoin — there’s no limit. You can also view historical exchange rates and use the automatic conversion feature.
When you have the time to fly but a small budget for airline tickets, check out the Skiplagged app. It allows you to see inefficiencies in airline pricing, like hidden-city flights.
What exactly does that mean? Skiplagged explains that “A hidden-city flight is a flight where you get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from New York to Orlando might be $250, but a similar flight from New York to Dallas with a layover in Orlando might be $130.”
While hidden-city prices are great, there are things you should be aware of before you decide to go for it. Check out all the details here.
If hidden-city flights aren’t your idea of worry-free travel, you might want to try out Hopper instead. This app shows you deals on both flights and hotels all around the world.
Hopper does send out a lot of flash sales, which means those rates will be gone quickly. That also means the potential for savings won’t be worth it for those who have to schedule time off work or figure out childcare. But Hopper does offer more than just flash deals, so if you’re interested in saving on flights, check it out.
Even the best-laid plans can go awry. You might arrive at the airport four hours early, pay for travel insurance, and still miss your flight because of problems with the airline. But you don’t have to settle for that being the end of the story. There’s an app that can walk you through your next steps.
AirHelp is the world’s largest air passenger rights organization. They help passengers claim compensation for disruptions to their air travel. By paying for AirHelp Plus, you can expect faster service and more benefits.
Whether you want to fly to a new city on a whim or are ready to hit the road in an RV, you don’t have to clean out your bank account. Choose the apps that fit your lifestyle and your budget, and start planning your next vacation.
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