New technologies have solved a lot of pain points for people over the last few years. For travelers, online booking engines, metasearch, and a host of other Internet innovations have simplified or streamlined destination, flight, hotel, and other searches. In the mobile space, travel apps have powered smartphones with unheard of usefulness for tourists. But there’s a big problem when it comes to choosing the app that is useful from a vast number of apps that are useless. For 2019, here are five app picks for user empowerment.
Τhere is an app that will help you discover more of the great outdoors of Kos island. Komoot is an app that makes it easier for you to experience authentic outdoor adventures. Whether road cycling, hiking, backpacking, or mountain biking, you can use Komoot to discover the best routes.
This useful app makes airport layovers and waiting lines less painful for travelers. The user enters his or her credit card info, their airline status, and any applicable lounge memberships, and the app will correlate appropriate lounges at given airports. Loungebuddy also lets you know of any free airport lounges or ones you can purchase a day pass for. On-demand lounge access starts at $25.
This flight finder acts as a metasearch to scour millions of flights from over 1,200 sources to find the best match. Skyscanner provides the best choices based on the criteria the user sets. The app features a chart that allows fliers to look at the cheapest flights for air travel to a destination, and an alert system to let users know when a flight is cheaper, etc.
Available for iOS, Trail Wallet is a travel expense tracker that takes the pain out of tracking your budget. Greatly simplified compared to other similar apps, Trail Wallet lets you organize expenses by the month or by the trip. The nifty app also allows you to set a daily budget, to add more expenditures, and other useful functions. You can also use Quick Add to enter receipts direct to your iPhone.
Though it’s been around quite a while, TripIt is still one of the best travel apps out there. The app helps organize your upcoming travel itinerary. Users simply forward their hotel, restaurant, flight, and car rental confirmation emails to email@example.com, so that app can create a master itinerary. The pro version of the app will even help you find alternatives if your flights are canceled. TripIt is available for iOS and Android.