Escaping the cold doesn't have to be so expensive.
Spring may be quickly approaching, but it still feels like this cold, wet winter season is never going to end.
Planning a trip is an exciting venture, yet it can get overwhelming when you start to consider the added costs of airline tickets, hotels and Airbnbs, car rentals and public transportation tickets, meals, and excursions.
However, with the right amount of planning and budgeting, you can manage the stress and not let it dampen the anticipation of your trip. To make the whole process easier, below are five apps that will help you budget and save a buck or two as you plan a much-needed sunshine-filled getaway.
Analyzing historical data from trillions of flights, Hopper is an airfare forecasting app that predicts when to book your flight for the best available price. After you select your dates and destination, Hopper's algorithm will either recommend buying your ticket immediately (which you can do through the app), or waiting for the prices to drop. If it suggests waiting, you can then set up a price alert and get notifications when there is a drop or increase in price. Hopper will also suggest the cheapest days to fly if your travel dates are more flexible.
Hopper is available for Android and iPhone.
Send your flight, hotel, restaurant, and car rental confirmation e-mails to the team at Tripit, and they will create a master itinerary for you. Enter the cost of each booking into the Trip Cost feature, and Tripit will add up the total so you can create a budget and start saving money ahead of your trip.
Tripit is available for Android and iPhone.
If you are traveling abroad this spring, WhatsApp is the perfect alternative to that pricey international phone plan you really don't want to pay for. As long as you have access to Wi-Fi, you can text, call, or video chat anyone else who has the app. Whether your spring break crew split up and hopes to reconvene at a later point, or you want to stay in touch with your friends and family back home, WhatsApp will make communicating with all the people in your life a breeze.
Whatsapp is available for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone.
Get a personal tour guide from a local without having to pay for one. From New York City and Miami to Mexico City, Barcelona, and Rio De Janeiro, Cool Cousin connects you to locals from dozens of cities around the world. Not only do you have access to each Cousin's curated guide to their favorite spots and things to do in the city, you can also message them for advice on the best way to spend your money during your stay.
Cool Cousin is available for iPhone, and will soon be available for Android.
Splitting the bills with your friends is now more convenient and fair than ever. Add your restaurant and hotel bills, as well as other travel costs, into the app, and Splitwise will begin a running total of the amount you owe and are owed. That way, you can pay your share for dinner right away, or you can wait until the end of the trip to "settle up" with everyone – whatever you decide. You can also send your friends IOUs, or ping them reminders if they've forgotten to pay you back.
Splitwise is available for Android and iPhone.