There is no doubt that travel can be expensive, but not to worry. In this day and age of smart phones and apps galore, there is plenty of help out there for you to find and plan the best budget vacation that you can. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, there is an app that will help you get from point A to point B on a budget and have fun while doing so.
1. Kayak Mobile
No one enjoys dealing with the airlines. Between the lines and the waits and all the extra fees, flying has become an expensive nightmare. Even planning online, the task of finding the best deal on a plane ticket can be overwhelming. That is where the app, “Kayak Mobile,” comes in to save the day. If you have not checked out their website, you might want to. The app is free to download. All you provide is your travel dates and where you are going, and it will give you options for flights based on price or airline or even time, whichever you would like. From there, it is one click to the site to book your flight.
2. Cruise Card Control
If you have ever been on a cruise, then you know that the planned activities can keep you busy from the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night. It is a whole little world of fun that helps you forget about real life. That is until the end of the cruise when it is time to pay up for all the little extras at the purser’s desk before you leave ship. It is easy to forget about all the cocktails or excursions, or tips that you have signed for over the course of the trip. This app will help change that. Simply input each days extras into the app. It will keep a running total for you, so there will not be any unpleasant surprises later on.
3. Priceline Hotel Negotiator
If cost is more important to you than location, this might just be your perfect app. You will lose a little control over which hotel you are staying at, but you will get your price. All you do is input a location, what star rating you would like your hotel to have, and the price you would like to pay. They also provide a list of bids that have been successful in the area to give you a guide of what you should offer. This is a great way to save on your hotel.
It is no secret that gas prices have gone through the roof. Driving is no longer the budget option it used to be. That is where this app comes in. GasBook provides a directory of all the gas stations in the area you are traveling. It uses GPS to track your location and the service stations. It updates the prices with data submitted by users. This is a great way to make sure you are always getting the best deal on gas prices.
5. AllSubway HD
Getting a handle on the public transportation in an unfamiliar city can be a bit overwhelming. The AllSubway HD app gives you maps of 137 cities across the globe and around the world. The maps zoom in, so you can determine your transportation options no matter where you are, even underground. When new cities are added, the app provides you that information in a free update. No Wi-Fi is necessary which allows you freedom of use. Using public transportation can be a big cost cutter on your vacation.
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