Category: Travel Apps

Google Flights makes booking travel so much easier. Maybe even cheaper, too.

If you’re booking travel for the holidays, or even next year for spring break or summer vacation, you’ll want to check Google Flights for finding the best flight and rate, straight off the bat. What’s so great about Google Flights is the flexibility and the ability to save trips and get alerts on price changes in the hopes that you can get the best deal possible. Simply visit the website or mobile-friendly version on your phone (no dedicated app yet which is surprising), and do a search for any route. I tested it out and found that there are several options from...

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Google Trips app: Our cool free app of the week

My family will be taking a trip to Seoul, South Korea, in the next couple months, and I’m a little overwhelmed trying to plan our itinerary. Pinterest is somewhat helpful, but there’s a lot of link bait to wade through. That’s why I was so pleased to discover Google Trips app. Google Trips is a dashboard for all your trip info, with everything from your flight and hotel reservations, to that awesome restaurant your friend said you had to try. It’s all available offline too, so if you land in the city and don’t have WiFi, you can still get your hotel info for...

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Reserve app: Our cool free app of the week

If you’ve ever sat at a table in a restaurant for 15 minutes (sometimes longer) with fussy, restless kids, waiting for your server to bring your check so you can leave, then you should download the Reserve app (iOS and Android) right now, especially now with their latest updates, which let you do waaaay more than just hit the road as soon as you’re done with your meal. We’ve loved Reserve for awhile now — in fact, our food editor Stacie recently shared her favorite tips for skipping the kids’ menu without breaking the bank on their blog. And yes, our editor Kristen’s boyfriend...

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Rome2rio travel app: Our cool free app of the week

We just returned from a family vacation to Italy, and boy do I wish I had discovered the Rome2rio app before our trip. It could have saved us countless moments trying to decide the best way to get around the various sites with three kids, with the least amount of aggravation. What I love about this app for both iOS and Android is that it quickly and neatly lists the best options from getting from “point A” to “point B”. Before heading out on your trip, you can use the handy website to help plan out the routes you’d like to...

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Waze Planned Drives: Big news for anyone who spends any time in the car at all, ever.

If you haven’t yet heard about the brand new feature from the Waze app called  Waze Planned Drives, then you might be as excited as I am. Especially if, like me, if you’re the kind of person who had kids, then went from being always early, to the one who’s always late. Especially when trying to navigate to a new playdate location or out-of-town soccer field. We have lauded the benefits of Waze in the past and while there’s always some debate about how it measures up to Google Maps, I have really come to rely on it for the most...

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Bonjournal travel journal | Cool free app of the week

Whether your travels this year take you halfway across the world, to your favorite beachside resort a few hours away, or to the campground you’ve been visiting since the kids were toddlers, I’ve found an easy, beautiful, and free app for iOS that will help you remember your trip long after the suitcases have finally been unpacked. The free Bonjournal app is a sort of blank-slate app that isn’t all that different from a real paper journal I would normally toss into my carry-on before a trip. But, the nice thing about Bonjournal is that I never need a pen to start...

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4 of the best free apps to help keep you safe on the road during summer road trips

With an estimated 37 million Americans hitting the road on the Memorial Day holiday alone, it’s going to be the biggest travel weekend in a decade. Clearly, after enduring a long, miserable winter, folks are super hyped for the (unofficial) start summer. Instagram, get ready!  And then, there’s the whole rest of the summer, during which we hope you’re taking at least a little time off to get away with your family. Of course we want you to reach your beach, BBQ or buddy’s backyard in one piece, so I’ve put together 4 useful apps for safer road trips this weekend and beyond that...

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Mapstr app: A brilliant way to track favorite places wherever you go.

Have you ever wished you could literally bookmark a favorite restaurant in a new town you’re visiting? Like, just magically click a button in your brain that lets you put an asterisk next to the name of the place so you’ll always remember it? Or maybe it’s the old-fashioned toy store you keep reading about that’s in a part of your city you don’t often go, but you want to make note of it for future gift-buying. Well now there’s Mapstr, a neat, new app that helps you keep track of all of your fave places just like that. Mapstr acts...

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6 smart travel apps to help you save money. How you spend the savings is up to you.

Spring is (finally) rounding the corner. That also means that prime travel season and spring break is about to begin, and when it comes to family vacations — be it a long weekend or a 10-day stretch — there are plenty of moving parts to keep in order. For many parents, the biggest of those parts is budget. As in, how to have a fun family trip without burning a hole through your savings. So if you’re planning a trip over spring break, here are 6 smart travel apps to save you money. Oh, and these apps are all free downloads...

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One more reason to love the TripIt app: Skipping airport security lines.

I have some great news about TripIt, the lifesaving, can’t-live-without-it travel itinerary app that I recommend to everyone I know. In fact, it just saved me $300 a ticket on our trip to Las Vegas for CES last week, thanks to an auto-alert from TripIt about a temporary fare drop. ($300! I know!) Now there’s another way that TripIt can save you a ton of money, time and aggravation, with a brand new partnership with CLEAR. If you travel to or from cities like Orlando, San Francisco or Las Vegas, you may have looked longingly at those other travelers in the CLEAR security...

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