I'm sure we've all had the same experience at one time or the other: a spur-of-the-moment road trip cooked up with the intention of letting loose and seeing a bit of the gorgeous country we call home, the thrill of it largely contained in the fact that none of it was planned. And then the inevitable happens. Your eyes start to droop, signs start to blur in and out of focus, and your car starts weaving in its lane slightly. You need to find a place to stay for the night. Problem is, you don't know of any around.
Well, now there's an app for that.
Orbitz launched its iPad app on July 6, allowing travelers to scope out and compare deals on hotels from their mobile devices. Using its GPS capabilities, you can easily search for a cheap hotel to grab a little shut eye in just a few taps, knowing that you'll not only get the best deal but also that you won't be stuck in a Bates Motel-esque situation. You can even read reviews from other Orbitz users and check out photos of the hotel before you decide to book it.
Just like with their Android and iPhone apps, Orbitz gives users the same perks as if they went through their website, like the automatic Hotel Price Assurance refund (if another Orbitz customer gets the same prepaid room for less, they'll refund you the difference automatically) and their Enhanced Low Price Guarantee (any Orbitz customer who finds the same prepaid hotel room for a lower price online will be not only get a refund on the difference, but also get a discount on future bookings). And because it offers users the entire selection of Orbitz properties to choose from, you'll be able to scope out deals both domestically and internationally.
And the best part? It's absolutely free.
Kirsten Stamn is an ASME intern at Travel + Leisure.