5 Great Travel Apps to Help Plan your Summer Vacation

5 Great Travel Apps to Help Plan your Summer Vacation

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Summer is one of the most popular times to take a vacation. While traveling is exciting and fun, the planning part sometimes is not. Trying to figure out how much you want to spend, where you can go, where you can stay, and keeping track of it all can be a bit overwhelming – and depending on your budget, a bit sad too. While it’s no surprise that “There’s an app for that,” there are travel apps designed specifically to make planning a vacation easier. So, before you start planning your next summer vacation, use these helpful travel apps!

1) TripIt - This is an all-in-one travel organizer that compiles all of your travel info into one simple itinerary. Just forward all of your travel confirmation emails to this app, and it will combine them into a single schedule that you can access anytime online or from your mobile device.

  • Cost: Free
  • Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

2) HipMunk - This website and mobile app save you time and money by comparing flight and hotel deals from top travel sites so you don’t have to. In addition to being able to sort by the cheapest price, it also has an “agony” sort category that takes into account price, flight duration, and the number of layovers to find the least agonizing flight option. Another cool feature is that it links to other sites like Airbnb and HomeAway to include non-traditional lodging like people who have rooms, apartments, and homes available to rent.

  • Cost: Free
  • Available on: Android, iOS, Web

3) Gogobot – Looking for things to do in the city you’re visiting? Then check out Gogobot to find interesting things to do along with recommended hotels and restaurants voted on by past travelers. In addition, the app provides suggestions for various groups of people such as family travelers, budget travelers, foodies, history travelers, and more. Users can save activities ahead of time to create a Gogobot itinerary to use while traveling.

  • Cost: Free
  • Available on: Android, iOS

4) Packing Pro – Hate that pit in your stomach feeling like you left something behind when leaving for a vacation? Well, with the Packing Pro app, you’ll no longer have that agonizing feeling when traveling. It allows you to customize your packing list with various options, colors, and icons, and it has the ability to import and export the lists. Those who are packing for families will find Packing Pro especially helpful, as it allows you to create a master family packing list that can be sorted by each family member.

  • Cost: $2.99
  • Available on: iOS

5) Roadside America – This app is geared for road trip travelers. Here you can find the nation’s funniest and weirdest must-sees around our wonderful country. Once logged on, choose one of the seven regions in the US you are driving through, and the app will display the nearest odd and funny sights in that area. The app also includes the prices, maps, driving directions, hours, phone numbers, the stories behind the must-see locales, and assorted travel tips.

  • Cost: $2.99
  • Available on: iOS

Are there any travel apps that you’d recommend to make planning your summer vacation simpler? Please let us know in the comments!