With summer just around the corner, you're probably gearing up for a trip full of fun and adventure. But nothing puts a damper on a vacation like a shortage of cash. Fortunately, some of the best travel apps can help you save money on your next trip. From tracking flight costs to scoring free audio tours, here is a list of the nine best travel apps that will get you and your dollar far this summer. You can find all of these apps in the iTunes App Store.
If you plan on taking a road trip this summer, this is one of the best travel apps to download before you head out. GasBuddy will find the closest gas stations to your current location and provide a list of the various prices at each one so you can choose the most affordable option. The app even tells you details about the stations, like if you can pay at the pump or if there are ATM machines available.
Depending on the city, you could end up spending way too much on a guided tour. But with TourPal, you can get an audio tour without draining your wallet. Created by professional tour guides, the app offers hundreds of voice-guided tours from countries and cities around the world and supports multiple languages. London, Paris, New York, Washington, DC — you can discover many sights and attractions just by using your mobile device.
Isn’t it frustrating when the airline ticket or hotel room price drops after you’ve already booked your trip? Before your next vacation, download Yapta. The app tracks flight and hotel prices using FareIQ and RoomIQ intelligent price tracking and sends alerts when prices and rates drop. According to Yapta, the net average of savings per ticket for airfare is $260; the net average of savings per stay for hotels is $109.
With HotelTonight, you can find last-minute deals on top-notch hotels tonight, tomorrow and up to seven days out. In just three taps and a swipe, you can book a room in various countries and cities around the world.
One of the worst parts about taking a trip is figuring out what to pack — especially if you are trying to avoid a baggage fee. PackPoint takes the stress out of packing by curating a list of all your travel essentials. Simply provide details about your trip, and PackPoint will create a custom packing list based off your needs, activities planned and your destination’s weather. Never again will you be forced to make a quick Target run after you get off the plane because you left your umbrella at home.
GoogleTranslate deciphers 90 languages to help you communicate in foreign countries. You can translate images and photos, or simply write or type in text. You can even speak into your smart device to hear a translation. You’ll never be confused over prices or directions again.
Slickdeals aggregates information from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial so users can find the best local deals all in one place. Download this app to find special offers from restaurants, hotels, events and other happenings in the city you're vacationing in.
8. Fancy Tips
Seasoned travelers know that not all countries have the same tipping policies. Fancy Tips, however, can help you navigate the tipping etiquette in the country you're visiting. The app features a tip guide for 240 countries and regions. So if you're in France, for example, you'll discover that at a restaurant it's custom for patrons to round up or add an additional 5 percent to the 15 percent service charge.
Scoutmob helps people in select big cities find deals at a variety of eateries, local shows and happenings. So far the mobile deals are only available in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC and Nashville, but hopefully more cities will come soon.
Just because you're on vacation, that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. Download these travel apps before you depart on your trip, and enjoy the savings.