If you’re daydreaming about basking in the summer sun, now's the time to find a deal on a summer vacation. The right apps can help you find great deals on flights and hotels, and give you ideas for what to do.
Here are the travel apps that will make your summer better, whether you’re hitting the trails, taking a road trip, or heading to the beach.
Flight and Airport Apps
Search for flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages. Hipmunk offers tools to find deals and to know exactly what you're getting, whether you want to book “basic economy” to save a few bucks or if you're willing to splurge on comfort.
Already a popular app for airfare searches and price alerts, Hopper recently launched a new “secret fares” feature that offers deals on flights that are up to 35% cheaper than anywhere else. In select cities, Hopper will also alert you when hotel prices are at their lowest.
Free. Available on iOS.
LoungeBuddy offers access to premium airport lounges for $25. You can book a lounge the day of or up to two months in advance. The app will also tell you what lounges you can access for free based on your credit cards or status.
Tunity can help you at the airport by scanning the muted TVs around you, and then streaming audio to your phone.
Free. Available on iOS.
Have a flight that’s canceled or delayed? Service will automatically pursue compensation from the airline. The app will also monitor your hotel books and help you rebook if the price on your room drops.
Road Trip Apps
Roadtrippers offers suggestions of nearby restaurants, points of interest like swimming holes and national parks, hotels, and even quirky attractions like an underwater mermaid show or the largest ball of twine. Friends can also add suggestions for your itinerary, making it easier to plan a road trip together.
Quickly locate a bathroom near you, whether you’re on the road or at the beach. The app has 100,000 bathrooms in its database, with user reviews and filters for specific features like handicap accessibility and changing tables.
Photopills tells you exactly where the sun and moon will be, when you can expect supermoons and celestial events, and where to point your camera to capture magnificent shots of the Milky Way at night. The app also has features that calculate the depth of field and 3D augmented reality to help you see what your shot will look like before you take it.
Apps for Hotels
HotelTonight is a trustworthy app for booking a hotel — tonight. Or up to a few months in advance. Booking your hotel on mobile (whether this app or another) is a great trick for saving some money, since properties and travel agencies can offer exclusive mobile deals.
Secret Escapes offers discounts on luxury hotels, either for a last-minute getaway or to book your upcoming trip.
DayPass offers access to the top pools, spas, beach clubs, gyms, restaurants, and private cabanas at 500 hotels and resorts around the world. You can even speak to a concierge to plan your ideal day, and make reservations directly on the app so you can skip the front desk and head straight to the pool.
Apps for Summer Activities
Created by Water Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to clean waters, Swim Guide tells you whether or not a location passed their latest water quality test and what types of amenities you'll find nearby.
Winnie offers parents tips on family travel necessities, like where to find find family-friendly restaurants, shops, parks, playgrounds, and activities — and where to find the nearest changing station.
Travelzoo offers discounts on hotels, restaurants, spas, and activities, with savings of up to 65 percent across the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, and Asia.
ChefsFeed offers restaurant recommendations from top chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers across the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.
Cairn lets you share your hiking itinerary with loved ones, download offline maps, see up-to-date stats on your route, and find out where you'll get cell coverage on 4,000 hiking routes across North America and the U.K.
GetMyBoat is a boat rental and charter marketplace with 108,000 boats you can rent and charter in 184 countries. You’ll also find a range of water sports, with the option to directly message and book with boat owners and tour operators.
Apps for Staying Healthy on the Go
Sworkit features more than 50 workouts created by personal trainers that range from five to 60 minutes. You can also build your own custom routine, making it easy to get an equipment-free workout wherever you are.
Staying hydrated is important, especially in the heat of summer. Daily Water lets you set your goal for drinking water each day and alerts you when it's time to hydrate.