Traveling in the summer can be very expensive, especially if you have a large family.
Thankfully, there are many apps that can save you tons of money, whether you’re planning a
fancy vacation abroad or a more modest road trip. Most people know about apps for Airbnb,
TripAdvisor, and Uber. But there are many other great travel apps. Here’s a list of some of the
very best ones. They’re all free, so download them before your next trip.
Airhelp (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
When traveling by plane, we all hope that the flight will depart and arrive on time, and with all
our luggage onboard and intact. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. AirHelp will alert you
if you’re eligible for compensation when your flight is delayed, overbooked, or cancelled, and if
your luggage is damaged, lost, or stolen. All you have to do is to scan your boarding pass. You
can expect to receive up to $450 in compensation per person.
BestParking (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
Road trips can be great fun but not when you can’t find a convenient and inexpensive place to
park the car. Bestparking helps you find the right spot wherever you travel throughout North
America. Indicate where you’d like to park and for how long, and the app generates a list of
available spots and rates for the nearest lots and garages. You can search by address, landmarks
or sites, or by neighborhood.
Dayuse (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
Sometimes, after a long flight or trip in the car, you need a place to rest or regroup for a few
hours. When that happens, Dayuse comes in handy. This app lets you search, book and pay for
hotel rooms for short stays. The cost can be up to 75% less than if you’d reserved a regular hotel
room for the night. The app is available in Asia, Europe and North America.
GasBuddy (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
On a road trip, you don’t just need convenient and inexpensive places to park the car: you also
need lots of gas. GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest gas at the nearest gas station. You can
search in advance or as you’re driving. The app has a gas estimator, which calculates how much
gas you need based on the car you’re driving and the distance you’re traveling.
Rome2rio (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
Whether you’re planning a domestic trip or a vacation abroad, there will be times when you can
get to your destination in different ways. Rome2rio lets you compare different modes of
transportation (bus, car, ferry, flight, train) and find the fastest and most inexpensive solution.
All you have to do is to enter your location and ultimate destination, and the app will generate
and compare all travel options. This app is available worldwide.
Transit (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
If you want to save even more money on transportation costs, consider using public
transportation whenever possible. For that, download Transit. This app saves you both money
and time by letting you pull together departure times for all nearby buses and trains so you don’t
have to look through individual schedules one at a time. Enter your desired destination, and the
app displays all public transportation options as well as fares.
Turo (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
If you need a car but don’t feel like renting one from one of the many, well-known car rental
companies, consider getting one from Turo. Much like Airbnb for accommodation, this is a peer-
to-peer car rental app, which lets you rent cars directly from other car owners. You can expect to
pay about 35% less than if you rented a car from a commercial rental company. The app is
available in Europe and North America.
WiFi Finder (Available on Apple Appstore; Google Play)
Whether you’re traveling at home or abroad, using your cell phone when WiFi isn’t available can
be very expensive, with high roaming charges. Get Wifi Finder. This app helps you find free
Wifi all across Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Even if you’re not being
charged extra for roaming on your phone, this app comes in handy – it helps you find places
where you can use your tablet or laptop computer free of charge.