Amazing travel links:
- TheFlightDeal – Best site for getting the current super deals from your home city.
- Kiwi.com – not sure where you want to go? Check out a live map of cheap fares from anywhere to anywhere.
- Hitlistapp.com – If you’re destination- and/or date-agnostic and just want a great deal, use this. Works especially well on short notice.
- Skyscanner.net – If you’re not set on your destination, use the “everywhere” destination search to search … everywhere.
- Seatguru.com – Indispensable for previewing the indignities of your chosen seat on any specific flight.
- Loungebuddy – Review, preview and purchase access to lounges at airports here and abroad — both members-only and those offering walk-up entry.
- Airgrub – Pay by app, then pick up your meal on the way to the gate — it’ll even apply discounts for alliance members where applicable.
- Mobile Passport – Skip the largely unliked MyTSA app and install this instead — it’ll get you through immigration a lot faster, as long as the airport you arrive at (there are 21) has a separate line handling Mobile Passport folks.
- GateGuru – From delay notifications to gate-proximate directions to the closest Starbucks, this aims to streamline your journey from airport entry to jetway.
- AirportParkingReservations – A fast and holistic way to book discounted parking near your airport of choice.
Finding something to do:
- Airbnb: Experiences – The room-booking behemoth’s next big play: Use it to plan outings and activities.
- Spotted by Locals – Travel guide apps are a dime a dozen, but a commitment to locals’ perspective guarantees a unique mix of picks.
- Party With a Local – Like meetup.com except only for parties. It might be the fastest way to connect with locals looking to mingle.
- Google Translate – Little known fact: Everybody’s favorite desktop translator offers downloadable packs in 52 languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh
- Citymapper – The indispensable tool for navigating a city and public transport — use it once and you’ll forget Google Maps ever existed.
- Google Trips – An easy, intuitive way to get recs for nearby restaurants and attractions — plus it’ll organize all your travel details in one place.
- Hotspot Shield – Free VPN – can help you watch shows overseas as in your own geo.
- WhatsApp – There are dozens of ways to connect with friends and locals, but this might be the most popular and most convenient — call home over a wifi connection and you might be surprised at the (high) quality of the reception.
Twitter account to follow for blooper fares and flash sales