The 5 Best Tools For Travel Planning
On my 18th Birthday, I told myself this is the time to start my journey of seeing the world. Whether that meant visiting the voco hotel in Cardiff or going on a cruise of the Caribbean, I knew I wanted to travel. At that time, there weren’t really blogs, guides and apps that could help me plan out my trips like there are today. All I had was just the Lonely Planet’s “Southeast Asia on Shoestring” book. My first trip seemed to go well, but I was missing many fantastic experiences due to a lack of information and technology.
Planning a long trip can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? What’s step one? What’s step two? It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning, especially when you haven’t done something like this before. However, thanks to social media and smartphone apps that have dramatically changed the way people travel. Here are five tools to help you plan out your next trips.
Ask a Stranger
“Access the right people anywhere for help or help others. Collect Points and get your share of the community income!”
Ask a Stranger is the best Q&A service available that basically gets location based help anywhere, anytime. Travelers can use this free app to seek answers from knowledgeable locals. Though the app is free for download, you have to pay 10 credits to pose a question to an Ask a Stranger community member (50 credits cost $0.99, but you receive 100 free credits upon signing up). In-app purchase will be used to pay users who answer questions. The faster a user answers a question the more points he or she receives. To prevent users from providing worthless responses, the app rewards more points for answers the asker deemed “useful”, and for being available for follow-up questions. A private chat feature allows you to engage further with locals and even meet up to explore together. Click here to download.
“Easy trip planning. Less hassle.”
Planning a trip with a group is complicated. However, this free, simple-to-use trip planner allows groups to catch up, discuss travel details, share ideas, post group polls and build itineraries on a single online page. It also lets you discover over 8 million restaurants, activities and deals, search from millions of hotels and vacation rentals to find the perfect home base for the trip and collect money from your booking.
Are you afraid of the awkward conversations about splitting the bill at home? Travefy’s expense manager makes it easy to collect trip deposits, track expenses and get paid back on things you covered for the group. Click here to start planning your trip.
“You handle the booking. We take care of the rest.”
Tripit is a great app that offers travelers a complete, hassle-free way to combine all of your information, itineraries, tickets, hotel booking, rental car reservations and the rest in one simple view. No more fishing for a confirmation email to get your reservation number, or wondering what flight number you’re on before you check in; it’s all right there, and it’s all incredibly handy. Click here for 30-day trial.
“Plan your trip in seconds.”
Instead of helping you organize your trip or helping you find the best prices and options for your trips, TouristEye helps you build a “wish-list” of destinations where you’d like to travel and which experiences you’d like to have. It’s eventually greater because the app lets you share that list with friends or family and collaborate with them on them. They can add waypoints and things to check out in the area, specific things to do when you’re there, and together you can plan a trip together. Click here to download the app.
“A travel guidebook-meets-hotel-concierge.”
Peek is the San Francisco-based activity planning and purchasing site, launched in Paris and London also. The site gets insider tips on the best things to do, places to see, and restaurants to visit. Then you’ll receive personalized activity recommendations. Peek is simple, beautiful and useful. Membership is free and they even have live help to assist in planning. Click here to download.
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