8 Apps You Need to Plan an Awesome Trip

By Brittany Loeffler on October 20, 2017

Being in your 20s is all about adventure and experience, so why not gain some while traveling around the world? I know what you’re thinking: planning a trip overseas is daunting and overwhelming. The only things you can go off of are travel blogs, personal stories, and your own good judgment.

Little did you know that there are plenty of travel planning apps out there to make this task a little less daunting and more doable. From booking cheap flights to ensuring that you don’t forget anything in your suitcase, you need these apps to plan an awesome trip.

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Hopper

You know you want to go on a trip, but aren’t sure where. Maybe you have a certain time frame in mind and who you want to go with. Thankfully, Hopper is here to help you make that decision while also notifying you of some awesome flight deals!

Set up a specific search of destinations you would like to visit and let the app find flights for you. Every day or so you will receive a notification on your phone of the newest and cheapest flights to one of your desired destinations. Don’t hesitate too long though because tickets don’t last long!

SkipLagged

Fly for cheap with the flight hack app SkipLagged. Essentially, this app will help you find cheap flights with your desired destination as a layover. For example, say you wanted to go to England. SkipLagged may find a flight going to India with a layover in England that is cheaper than going straight to England. With me so far? Instead of getting on the last leg of the flight, you just stay in England!

Some may call this practice of traveling unethical, but if it saves you money, why not take advantage of it?

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TripIt

Instead of searching through your email inbox every time you have to board a flight or hop on a bus, TripIt allows you to keep all of your tickets in one place. It’s the ultimate itinerary app! This app allows you to see an overview of your trip including where you’re staying, transportation plans, and how long you will be in each place, all while providing your tickets and confirmation codes.

This app is great for travelers who tend to be a little disorganized and are prone to losing emails in their bulging inboxes.

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Currency Converter

When traveling in different countries, it can be easy to overspend when you don’t factor in the currency exchange rate. That’s why XE Currency is the perfect app to keep you in line with your budget. Super easy to use, just pick which currencies you would like to convert and add in how much to convert!

Next time you think you’re getting a deal on something in a foreign country, check the app and see exactly how much you are spending.

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HostelWorld

If your trip consists of backpacking through a country or continent, you may not need to plan very much before you leave. HostelWorld is one of the best apps when looking for a cheap place to stay without booking in advance. Staying in hostels is all about meeting new people, saving money on lodging, and living life on the edge.

This app allows you to search within a certain distance of your current location and set your preferences on what type of hostel you’d like to stay in. Even easier, you can book a room or a bed directly in the app!

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Airbnb

Maybe hostels aren’t your style and you’re looking for a more private and cozy place to stay while traveling. Luckily, Airbnb gives you the opportunity to stay in a nice room while still being exposed to a different culture and meeting new people.

Similar to the HostelWorld app, some properties on Airbnb can be booked instantly without waiting for a confirmation from the host. You can set your preferences and price range as well. It’s the perfect app for finding affordable lodging while traveling.

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RoadTrippers

Maybe you aren’t thinking of planning a trip abroad, but rather a road trip throughout America. RoadTrippers is the best app when driving long distances through different states. It allows you to plan your route while notifying you of lodging, attractions, and restaurants along the way. It’s your own personalized GPS!

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PackingPro

Don’t you hate that feeling when heading to the airport that you forgot to pack something? With PackingPro, you never have to experience that feeling again! This app organizes what you need to pack into categories and acts as a checklist so you know exactly what you are bringing.

This is also great when packing to leave your destination because you know exactly what you brought with you, so you won’t leave anything behind.

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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