I know the feeling. You’ve pretty much optimized your daily life. You check Twitter early in the morning for quick insights, plug in your headphones for some Spotify on the commute and check off your things to do on your calendar throughout the day. When it comes to making your life easier, you’ve got an app for that!
But there’s always been something about the spontaneity of travel, the nature of the experience that makes using apps to optimize seem a little off. I mean who wants to have fun more efficiently? (At least one or two of you raised your hands :P). These travel apps aren’t necessarily about streamlining a process but instead accentuating the experience. These apps help make for #hasslefreetravel. So let’s check them out!
The first step to an awesome travel experience is to figure out where to go. For the lucky few, you have a place in mind from a travel blog you’ve read or you pinned a fantasy location on Pinterest. For others, this might be the hardest step. If you are not plugged in to the world of travel or if you aren’t too picky about when you go, Hitlist is an awesome app to check out. The app has an awesome interface that allows you to choose where you’d like to go from a set of locations with awesome pictures. Once you’ve selected places of interest from the list Hitlist forwards you some of the best deals to these locations.
The next step is actually paying for that ticket. If you want to get a little more specific with your purchasing and flight options Kayak is here for the save. The app allows you to search for, compare and book flights, hotels and rental cars. Pretty straightforward right?
You’ve purchased your tickets from Kayak, your travel deadline is approaching and you’ve got emails from the airline, Kayak, the hotel, the rental car agency, your mom and grandma in your inbox. So many alerts would make anyone feel a little overwhelmed. Tripit’s speciality is organizing your complete travel itinerary in one place. So you don’t need to worry about pulling up that email that you got sent 6 weeks ago, while simultaneously searching for your check-in confirmation that you got two days ago!
It’s a few hours before your flight and you’re super excited to get going. All your bags are packed. You’ve pulled up your itinerary with Tripit on your phone. You booked with Kayak and you discovered with Hitlist. Now it’s time to wait. If you’re like me, you need to have something to obsessively check to make sure all of your plans are moving smoothly. This is where Flightaware comes in. If you want to see the numbers that your pilot is seeing like if the flight before yours is delayed or not this is the place to start. It has saved me a few times from getting to the airport early just to hear, your flight has been delayed by 3 hours!
You made it! If you’re very lucky and your destination is on this list. It might be time to pull out your phone and get yourself an Uber. No need to haggle with the local taxi men, in a language you only kind of know. (Shanghai, I’m looking at you.) Plug in your final destination and wait for that sweet sweet hassle free ride to your hotel! Side-benefit: no mentally converting currencies on the ride over!
I know, you tried it once a couple of years ago and it left a little to be desired. The whole gamifying your everyday life thing just didn’t cut it. But, you’re traveling and Foursquare provides a list of places, in English, that you most likely should check out. I pulled up a search for Barcelona, where I had spent a layover last year and subsequently had to pinch myself. I spent most of my six hours walking around aimlessly. If I’d had Foursquare then I would have known that one left turn could have led me to cheap wine and tapas. But I didn’t, and so my Barcelona experience was incomplete. Don’t make the same mistake I did, check out Foursquare!
Hopefully you didn’t get to the end of your trip without capturing some memories via Instagram. I can only guess that you took many photos. You’ve added many filters and you’ve overused many hashtags. I won’t judge you. The Monday morning after your trip, you’ll be scrolling down your Instagram profile wondering if it was all just a dream, and you know it wasn’t because it’s all there!
If you grabbed all the apps recommended, you probably had a much more seamless travel experience than the average Joe. But, there are still things that are out of every travelers control, like flight delays, cancellations or overbookings. If your experience wasn’t completely hassle free and you got bumped off a flight, or delayed on another you should check us out here at Airhelp. We empower passengers around the world. Ensuring each access to secure compensation over delayed, cancelled or overbooked flights. We engage with airlines on behalf of millions of passengers, to ensure the claims process is completed with efficiency and expertise. Our goal is to make claiming compensation as easy and seamless as possible!
You could be one such passenger, check if you’re eligible here.