I’m constantly searching for the latest travel trends, so I keep a running list of apps & sites that find the cheapest flights, unique places to stay, make packing simpler and more. Check out my list below:
FLIGHTS & DEAL SEARCHES
Momondo cheapest airfare aggregate
eDreams finds cheap fares, deals and hotel bookings
JustFly finds cheap fares, deals and hotel bookings
SkyPicker discovers hidden & cheap flights and discover new destinations with our cutting-edge flight search and interactive map
SkyScanner searches engine for flights, car rentals and hotel bookings
Hopper app for cheap flights. Timely notifications that keep track of airfares and tell you when to book.
Fareness an open ended flight and hotel search for flexible travelers. Think: I’ll have a ticket to anywhere please.
Scott Keyes aka “man who flies the world for free” has a newsletter that sends out crazy cheap flights, fare mistakes and deals.
ALTERNATIVE STAYS BEYOND HOTELS
Airbnb a creative, often cheaper alternative lodging solution to hotels where you can sleep anywhere from someone’s appointment to a sailboat to a tree house.
Nightswapping a touch of Airbnb with the swipe format of Tinder. Sift through a catalog of apartments you could swap yours for, and then swipe left (or right) if it is a good fit for you.
Hotel Tonight app and website that aggregates extra hotel inventory and book last minute (~3 days in advance to same day).
Travel Mob an Airbnb-like alternative that specializes in matching travelers in Asia Pacific with hosts renting out their villas and apartments for short- and long-term rentals.
One Fine Stay Airbnb for rich people… think lofts, penthouses, entire villas. Niiiice.
Numbeo estimates travel costs based on country’s cost of living, restaurants, etc.
Budget Tracker tracks purchases against set budget while you’re on the road or abroad.
Qapital saves money before you go by putting $ from your checking into a hidden account in another bank. Set rules for yourself (i.e. Starbucks every OTHER day) and watch as qapital moves the funds you would have carelessly spent (on a latte) into your travel fund.
ITINERARIES & JOURNALING
TripIt builds out a daily itinerary for you so you don’t have to track all of your transportation and plans.
BonJournal a minimalist travel journal.. a blank space for you to document your notes and memories.
TravelZoo budget hunters glory that hunts & gathers up deals and discounts available nearby and then plots them on a Google Map with clickable icons.
PackPoint creates a detailed packing list based on destination, activities and time of year.
Foodspotting searches and shares recommended dishes and restaurants.
WifiMap similar to GoogleMaps, but avoids expensive data charges when wifi isn’t available.
FOR NOMADS & EXPATS
Nomad List everything you need to know if you want to be an ex-pat or work nomad style.