Top apps for travel on a shoestring

Top apps for travel on a shoestring

Summary: A selection of applications that are useful when you're on the road.. and save you a few cents on the way.

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  • Name: Couch surfing

    Developer: Couchsurfing

    Compatibility: iOS 

    If you're really watching the pennies, Couch surfing is an online community of travelers who offer their couch when they're back home for a time, for free.

    In the same way as a hostel or hotel, you can 'book' (request) a certain time or number of nights to 'surf' in someone's living room.

    Each profile comes with ratings, peer reviews and comments on the stay, as well as location and surfer preferences.

    I've used the service a few times when backpacking, and as long as you do your research, it's an easy way to find somewhere to stay for the night.  



  • Name: Kayak

    Developer: Kayak

    Compatibility: iOS | Android

    Available as a free or pro version, this app gives you access to a search function and booking for flights, cars and hotels if there is a change of plan -- which can be expensive and heart-breaking if you're minding your budget.

    The Kayak app is one of the more popular search functions available. It is possible to compare and book flights, check the status of your flight, manage a trip itinerary and find information including baggage fees and airline numbers.

  • Name: TripAdvisor

    Developer: TripAdvisor

    Compatibility: iOS | Android

    Planning in advance, doing some research and booking beforehand can save you a small fortune on your next trip. Remaining one of the most popular travel apps, TripAdvisor includes a search and booking function, peer reviews, question and answers forums and deals.

    On my last jaunt to Latvia, I used the app to get a cheap deal on a flight and worked out the location I wanted based on hotel reviews and local attractions. 

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  • You missed a few very handy ones

    SeatGuru will let you know which seats on your flight are the best, meaning you may be able to save some money by not upgrading to Economy Comfort or such just to get more leg room.

    Yapta will search for prices of flights, even after you have booked and let you know if you can get a refund based on your airlines policies.

    Tripit lets you keep all of your itinerary information in one place.

    GateGuru (when combined with TripIt above) will tell you when your flight has been delayed, if there is a gate change, etc.

    MeeTicket will keep all of your electronic boarding passes for you, saving you from having to print out your boarding passes and in many cities allowing you to go straight to security if you have no checked bags.
    cmwade1977
  • Add Windows Phone compatability

    Many of the apps mentioned also have Windows Phone versions. You should add that to your compatability reference.
    bcook@...