Five travel apps guaranteed to save you money
There are few possessions as valuable to the modern traveller as a smartphone. Not only does this compact, easy-to-carry device offer value through a wealth of information, it can also help travellers save money via a huge array of inexpensive—and often even free—apps.
Whether you’re planning a weekend mini-break or an epic adventure, the following summary of the top five money-saving apps is worth reviewing.
Kiwi.com’s unique algorithm helps find the cheapest flights on the market. It sifts through enormous amounts of online data to quickly source the best deal. Kiwi.com is useful for finding specific journeys or even if you’re flexible regarding your travel date or point of departure.
Its interactive map shows the prices of different travel destinations, so if you’re not decided on where to travel, use this as an inspiration board to see how far you can get within your budget. To keep you up to date on your travel plans, the app offers an option to receive automatic push notifications regarding your booking status.
Maps.Me offers completely free navigation and unlimited access to maps around the world. Since it relies only on a GPS signal, it can also be used offline, meaning there’s no need to pay expensive roaming charges or for additional data from your provider.
You can also pinpoint locations you would like to visit, curating your own free city tours before your journey starts. Just remember to download the destination map before you leave the Wi-Fi connection.
If you hire a car whilst abroad, consider downloading GasBuddy. This helpful app allows you to find the cheapest gas station in your vicinity using either your GPS or by inputting your address. As many of the prices are user-based, GasBuddy rewards contributors with points for sending in updated details on a station’s prices. High scorers are also eligible for regular raffles of prizes such as free fuel.
Offering the ultimate in budget accommodation, the Couchsurfing app allows you to search for locals who have opened their homes to guests, free of charge. Offering one of the most authentic travelling experiences by staying with people who live in your chosen destination, Couchsurfing even insist no money changes hands. However, you can always take your hosts out for dinner if you want to show your appreciation.
GetYourGuide offers a huge range of hand-picked tours and activities at the lowest prices. It’s also perfect for on-the-go inspiration and makes it possible to book last-minute activities. With many exclusive offers, GetYourGuide is the key to budget-friendly, memorable travel experiences.