If you’re going on the trip of a lifetime, pack smart with the best apps and gadgets to save you money and hassle. Here are our top picks for the travel tools that cut down on the frustrations facing today’s globetrotters:
Hotels, Flights and Guides
Planning your next trip is much easier now with the help of our smartphones. Check out TripAdvisors Guide which is actually a personal advisor in your pocket which helps you plan and have the perfect trip. Millions of travelers are using TripAdvisor City Guides already, this ensures that the content is fresh, plentiful and honest.
When it comes to booking hotels and flights, TripAdvisor Hotels is the place to go. TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go. Booking options for hotels, restaurants and flights are just a tap away.
Another option for hotels booking on the go is the great Agoda app which is a world of hotels in the palm of your hand. Agoda specialize in hotels booking and you’ll find the best price guaranteed! Agoda lets you:
- Book over 285,000 hotels worldwide
- Click to find hotels near you, wherever you are
- Use our filters to find the perfect hotel for your budget and style
- Find your way back to the hotel with interactive maps
End the Power Struggle
You might not know where or when you’ll next have an opportunity to charge your smartphone, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without power. There are an array of new travel bags featuring built-in batteries to recharge your smartphone. Ever-purse offers both leather and cloth options that function both as a clutch and as a phone charger. Prices begin around $189 for the fabric version. You don’t even have to plug the phone in—just drop your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy into the charging pocket.
The super-light Kensington AbsolutePower charger functions much the same. The device stores up to 100 watts of power and enables you to charge up to three different devices at the same time, including every laptop on the market today. It costs $199.99.
Make your Smartphone Work For You
International calling can be a pain and lead to unpleasant surprises on your cell phone bill after the trip is over. Roamer is a new app for Android and Apple devices that claims to reduce roaming charges by as much as 97 percent. This free app links your regular phone number to a foreign SIM card, so you can take advantage of the least expensive data rates in the country you’re visiting.
If you’re traveling through various countries, consider buying or renting a satellite phone that provides coverage no matter what country you’re in. Roadpost satellite phones come with a monthly plan and offer global coverage, and short-term plans for voice and data start around $8 per day.
Online Resources You’ll Love
If your travel plans change or you can’t make your reservation, don’t call the room rates a loss. Instead, list them on Roomer.com, a site that links up cancelled hotel rooms with travelers who need them. Conversely, if you’re looking for a deal on a hotel room, you might be able to score a low price from another traveler whose plans didn’t work out.
If you’re more of an adventure traveler, check out Zozi.com for impressive deals on rock climbing, scuba diving and other extreme sports. Zozi partners with other outdoorsy sites that get you discounts on backpacking and outdoors-wear, so you’ll be well-prepared for your trip.
Keep It All Together
Once you’ve got your trip planned and your gadgets lined up, you still have to figure out what to take and how to organize it. You know that packing light is the way to go, but only packing the essentials doesn’t prevent the essentials from becoming a jumbled mess in the bottom of your carry-on. Cocoon Innovations has created Grid-It to keep small stuff organized in your laptop case or handbag. Grid-It is available in a variety of sizes, and prices range from $10 to $50. If you’re inclined to crafts projects, you could probably create a similar system to keep your smaller electronics and power cords in one place.