The start of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer holiday. In the past, you may have taken a trip down to your local travel agent to flick through holiday brochures, or even searched online for great deals. However, now you can do all of this with the touch of a button on your mobile phone.
The proliferation of smartphones and tablet devices has given rise to online applications which operate as scaled down version of websites, formatted to work effectively and efficiently on your mobile device. As always, the travel industry is no stranger to emerging technologies and the following apps are fantastic at helping you plan your forthcoming summer jaunt.
Trip Advisor (Free)
Not only can you plan your holiday with this app, but you can also read those all important reviews, which can help decide whether or not you should visit a place or stay in a certain hotel. Whether you just want to check flights, hotels, or even both, this is a great place to start for anyone whos looking to plan their summer holiday. It also allows you to search for restaurants and things to do within your chosen area, so you can plan all your activities in advance before you arrive.
For a more comprehensive list of flights, dont rule out downloading the Skyscanner app. Theres nothing worse than trying to find flights from one location to another, only to be told that there arent any, even though you know full well there are. With this app, youll get all of the possible flights with their necessary information, such as airlines and prices, and youll be able to make a booking swiftly.
Whilst Skyscanner will search for flights, booking.com is a popular app for finding hotels anywhere in the world. All you have to do is simply enter your location and the dates of your arrival, as well as the number of people staying, and youll be presented with a vast number of hotels to choose from. The interface is clean and crisp, allowing you to clearly see the name of the hotel and their respective prices per night. It also features maps and a number of photos for each hotel.
Travel Tip-off (Free)
If youre looking for the latest bargains, dont sit in front of Teletext (does that even still exist?)waiting to see the cheapest and best deal. If you get the Travel Tip-off app, youll get the very latest deals straight to your phone. Whether its a far flung destination or somewhere closer to home and much cheaper, youll be able to instantly see the best deals around. They also have a top-ten feature where you can see the best deals of the day, and if youre interested, with a click of a button youll be put through to the relevant tour operator to finalise and book the holiday. Overall, this app is simple, effective and quick.
Tripit Travel Organiser (Free)
Okay, so youve got the holiday booked and the flights sorted. Youve also got all of your connections, hotels, and even the car rental sorted; but anyone will tell you that keeping all of this information safe, as well as accessible, can be quite a daunting task, especially if you have multiple bookings. Thats why Tripit have created a travel organiser app that allows you to forward all of your booking information it then amalgamates this and presents you with a clear itinerary. No longer do you have to worry about remembering all those addresses, and the app works both online and offline, so you dont have to worry about using it when airborne or in a foreign country.