Who wouldn’t like to save money on flights and hotels? Beyond the fact that discounts on travel are always nice, they also give you watercooler bragging rights. “Guess what price I got on a roundtrip flight to Australia,” and so forth. The Cleartrip app, created in India, has become seriously popular with millions of users globally. So long as you are in a location it supports, you can get the inside track on deals and buy them before they disappear, thanks to a card information storage feature that gives you 1-click buying power. Covering 15,000 cities worldwide and counting, this could be your way to score travel for less.
When in the land of the familiar, popular WiFi hotspots like Starbucks are easy to find. Not so much when outside your comfort zone. Data roaming can cost a fortune when you travel, and you want to save what megabytes you do have for emergencies or when you really don’t have an alternative. The Wiffinity app will help you locate nearby WiFi spots wherever you are, even offline (which makes sense, otherwise it’s a bit of a cart-and-horse situation). If you are inclined to assist others, you can also add WiFi networks that you discover, if they are not already mapped out, and lets you know which hotspots are secure to connect to.
There is nothing worse than being the one working out the expenses for everyone at the end of a meal at a restaurant, let alone a trip. Before it comes to blows, download the Splitwise app and experience the wonder of it doing the heavy lifting for you. It works out how much each person owes and then divides expenses. All you have to do is put in the amounts. If you really want to take it to the next level, you can start bringing Venmo or Paypal into the mix so you can pay, or people can pay you, using either facility. The only thing it can’t do, unfortunately, is solve arguments.
Staying in a hostel isn’t for everyone, but should you wish to go that route, you might want to avail yourself of the Hostelworld app. Used throughout the world, it is owned by the same company as Hostelbookers.com and Hostels.com, so you know you’re already in the hands of those who know something about the subject. It used to require a deposit to book, but no longer does, and it includes hotels and B&Bs – not just hostels. From experience, if this is your first time giving hostels a go, start in a place like Australia where they are a big part of the culture and tend to be in good nick.