Save Money on Holiday Travel Planning with our Favorite Apps

Making plans for your holiday travel? Are you off to visit family and friends in your childhood hometown or will you be visiting somewhere new and exotic? Are you on a budget?

It can take a lot of coordination to make sure the kids are out of school and vacation days are approved by your boss. Finding a good deal on flights and hotels can make it a stressful and costly time of year.

Our advice? Plan ahead and take a look at our top app picks to help you save on travel this upcoming holiday season.

  • Kayak

    When it comes to planning an expensive holiday trip, Kayak is the best app to start with. This app allows you to choose a destination and date, and provides you with competitive prices on airfare, hotels and rental cars from bargain-finding apps such as Priceline and Expedia.

  • Hopper

    Traveling for the holidays can be tricky when trying to find inexpensive airfare. Hopper is an app that allows you to compare flight prices by date, and it color codes prices to specified cities over a variety of dates.

  • Uber

    If you don’t plan on using a rental car for your vacation, consider using Uber for getting around town, or even for getting to and from the airport. Uber rides are cheaper than taxi rides and are usually available much faster than taxis. It also takes the stress out of navigating a city you’re not familiar with.

  • AirBnB

    AirBnB allows homeowners to list their home or a room in their home for rent to travelers for discounted rates. The less privacy you need, the cheaper your stay can be. What’s great about AirBnB is the ability to stay in locations that may not be as public and may offer challenges in finding hotels or inns.

  • Yelp

    When in a new city, finding inexpensive restaurants and activities can be difficult, but not with Yelp. This app not only tells you about nearby places to eat and things to do, but will also categorize local places by how expensive they are through the use of dollar signs. Places listed with one or two dollar signs signify less expensive options versus places listed with three or four dollar signs.

Whether your dream is to spend the holidays on an exotic beach or surrounded by loved ones in your childhood home, planning ahead can make a world of difference in what it will all cost you.

If you’re having trouble installing these apps or want to make sure your devices are ready for your upcoming travels, stop by your local Experimac store today. We’re here to help!

Summer Travels Made Easy: Experimac’s Favorite Summer Vacation Apps

Here are Experimac’s favorite apps for use on your summer vacations! Whether you’re visiting theme parks or national parks, looking for a unique restaurant experience, or need to get information on hotels and flight updates, we have the apps that will make it easy to get through your summer vacation. Make this summer a summer to remember with these free apps:

Foursquare
You may already use Yelp, but we suggest using Foursquare as it is especially adept at helping you find things you might want to see close to you such as museums, parks, restaurants, monuments and other nearby spots of interest. You’d be surprised what’s going on around you, Foursquare can help you find something new to try. There aren’t descriptive reviews in the app, but rather advice that other Foursquare members post to help.

GateGuru
Customize all of your travel arrangements in one place with this app. GateGuru allows you to find maps, weather info and tips for your destination. Keep track of how many miles you’ve flown, and compete with friends and family. You can even look up flight alerts and TSA security wait-time estimates.

Roadtrippers
The journey is better than the destination, particularly if you’re familiar with Roadtrippers. This app asks for your start and end destination, and any destinations you want to hit in between. Then, Roadtripper navigates in-app and points out any important and hidden spots you missed. You can even add your discoveries for others to find along the way. This app will surely turn an otherwise long and boring road trip into a fun trip the whole family will never forget.

Google Translate
Traveling means visiting new places and meeting new people. Sometimes meeting new people means introducing yourself to new languages. Google Translate is the app to have if you plan on venturing to a destination with a different native language. It provides you with translations in any language, visually and with audio. This will make ordering your meals and seeking assistance a lot easier.

Trail Wallet
You may think that money is the last thing you want to worry about while on vacation. However, the last thing you want to experience after months of saving money to go on vacation is to misspend and regret not having budgeted properly. Trail Wallet helps you keep track of what you’ve spent, as well as keep tabs of how much you have left. You can create daily limits and break down what you want to spend your funds on.

National Park Service
The National Park Service has developed an app for many of its National Parks. Look for the park you will be visiting and download the appropriate app whether you’ll be in Washington, DC visiting the National Mall or you’ll be on the west coast in San Francisco spending the day at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Use these apps to get more information about the nation’s most cherished cultural and historical sites.

OpenTable
Make reservations for dinner right from your phone. Are your trying to visit the latest hot spot in your destination city? OpenTable can connect you with the top restaurants in cities across the US and around the world. Each month, OpenTable diners contribute over 850,000 reviews about their restaurant experiences so you will know whether the restaurant you’re considering is a good choice or not.

Visiting theme parks during summer vacation is almost a rite of passage. There are countless amazing theme parks across the US and many have developed apps to improve their guest experience. Here are some you may want to check out if these places are in your destination city:

  • Official Universal Orlando Resort App
  • Official Universal Studios Hollywood App
  • My Disney Experience – Walt Disney World
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Cedar Point Official App
  • Hersheypark Official
  • Kings Dominion Official
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • SeaWorld Discovery Guide
  • Busch Gardens Discovery Guide

Whether you will be traveling around the US or around the world, do your research. There are so many amazing places to visit and you will want to be prepared so you don’t miss anything. If your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet is not performing well for some reason, stop by your local Experimac before you head out on your trip so we can make sure it is working well and you’ll be able to use all of these great apps and take some fantastic photos of your adventure.