Planning a vacation is surprisingly stressful, which can be a real buzz kill when you are looking forward to a relaxing vacation to escape the stress of daily life. Which is why tech geniuses have created a variety of apps to help plan and execute a trip with ease. Some can even save you quite a bit of money! You can practically have a travel agent in your pocket with you wherever you go. So next time you have a few minutes to kill at the doctor’s office or on public transportation, download these apps and start planning your dream vacation.
For: Ensuring that you always get the most affordable flight.
How: When you start planning a trip, the first thing you probably do is scope out airline prices to see if you can afford to fly to the locale of your choice. If you plan far enough in advance and have a little flexibility, Hopper will give you an overview of when you can get the best deals on flights and when the best time to purchase them is. You can even save up to 40% on your tickets. Select your route and the app tells you what the lowest price available is right now and whether you should purchase or wait, and what the latest date by which you should book tickets. You will also be notified as soon as prices drop and when they’re about to go up.
Download: Hopper, Free
For: To make spontaneous getaways more financially doable.
How: With Hitlist you choose your fantasy destinations and the app alerts you when plane tickets are really low. If you aren’t too picky, you can even set alerts by region (such as Southeast Asia or Europe). And if you only want to go to a specific location because you plan to attend an event, you can set an alert for Coachella in Indio or Art Basel in Miami. And if you truly have no preference where you go but just have to scratch the travel itch, you can check the best flights for the rest of the day as determined by destination, duration, and price. So start saving up your vacation days and be prepared to jet off at a moment’s notice!
Download: Hitlist, Free
For: Unique accomodations that are often way more affordable than a hotel.
How: With more than 34,000 cities with over 450,000 listings to choose from, you will find the perfect place to stay. Once you book, you can use the Airbnb app to easily communicate with your host or browse Airbnb’s city travel guides. The app is also a dreamy way to pass time when you have a few minutes to spare and you will find yourself planning your next vacation, or home renovation, before you know it.
Download: Airbnb, Free
For: If you love to scour pages and pages of reviews before purchasing or booking anything.
How: TripAdvisor Hotel Flights offers over 225 million reviews and will help you find the lowest airfare and best hotels at the best cost. You can also use it to search for great restaurants and activities in the area. You can filter restaurants by types of food, price, and the restaurant’s rating.
Download: TripAdvisor Hotel Flights, Free
For: Keeping all your iteneraries, tickets, and reservations in a single space. No more lugging around printed emails.
How: Tripit will save your sanity while traveling—you will never know how you traveled without it before. It allows you to combine all of your travel confirmations, itineraries, tickets, hotel bookings, and rental car reservations in one simple view. That view is the central hub for your travel needs and you will never have to search for a confirmation email or reservation details again. It is also easily shareable with family and friends, those you may want to share travel details with for security purposes or so they know when flight lands and where to pick you up.
Download: Tripit, Free
For: Mapping what’s near your gate so you can always make the best decision on what to eat or where to shop.
How: You are sitting at the airport waiting for your flight and your stomach starts to growl or you realize you don’t have a book for the plane or you are simply bored and want to grab a drink. But you don’t know where anything is and you have to debate if you have time to search for a Starbucks without risking missing your flight. This is where GateGuru comes in! It allows you to check to see which restaurants and shops are closest to your gate. It also alerts you about gate changes and features insider tips about which security lane moves fastest.
Download: GateGuru, Free
7. Packing Pro
For: Making sure you never forget anything! It even creates helpful lists based on the temperature of where you are going.
How: The difference between using Packing Pro to create a list of what you should pack and a piece of paper is the customized packing lists. It allows you to create based on things like temperature and trip duration and will remind you to pack everything from sunscreen to foreign money to your passport. You can also label and save lists from past trips to use again.
Download: Packing Pro, Free
For: If you are traveling to a country where you don’t know the language, then you will use Google Translate more than any other app.
How: You can translate 103 languages by typing, 52 of which you can translate with no Internet. For a quick translation, use your camera to translate texts in 37 languages, making decoding restaurant menus a snap.
Download: Google Translate, Free