Planning for adventures can be a major pain, but it is 2017, and there are mobile apps (Android and iOS) that can help you travel better while making sure you stick to a budget. We have rounded up the best travel apps that can help you keep the stress associated with planning for adventures to a bare minimum.
Whether you’re looking for cheap flights, rental cars or hotels – Skyscanner has got you covered. The app offers an easy flight search functionality that allows you to search for affordable flights with “Everywhere” as the location. In short, it is perfect for those who want to travel but don’t have a precise idea about the destination.
Hopper app is designed to help users get the cheapest possible price for a plane ticket. Its search engine uses data and analysis from different tracked flight prices to suggest when you should buy your ticket. Once the app has identified the cheapest airfare in the market, it alerts you when to purchase your ticket via push notifications.
Airbnb mobile app connects people who are looking for accommodation during their travel with people looking to rent their homes. As a host (the one looking to rent out his/her unused space), you can use the app to respond to inquiries, manage reservations and help travelers feel supported throughout their trip. Travelers, on the other hand, can find a perfect place for their stay, locate and book a listing and communicate with their host.
It has long been thought that traveling to exotic locations all around the world is only for the rich and famous. This is no longer the case thanks to the age of the internet…as long as you know where to look. Always dreamed of seeing Big Ben in London or taking in the Beijing skyline at night? Then now is the time to go. A recent report out states that these two locations, along with other such as Mexico City, Mexico and Lagos, Nigeria, now have a cheaper cost of living than ever before. Because of this, although airfare prices may remain stagnant, the cost of lodging and the cost of food and other necessities are expected to begin to fall. This save you, the traveler, countless dollars and allows your money to go further and thus you are able to experience more in these cities. To assuage your worries of high airfare prices, try one of the online companies dedicated to getting you the cheapest seat possible. Websites like Hotwire and Priceline offer discounted travel and lodging for any and all of your travel needs. The combination of discounted airfare and the lowering of costs of living in many popular tourism hot spots make now the perfect time for a variety of world travels. You don’t have to be rich and famous to feel like you are. If you’ve always always wanted to travel the world but used the excuse that it’s too expensive, then that is no longer a valid excuse. The world is out there waiting for you to discover it and it’s never been cheaper to do so.
Hotel credit cards can earn you free room upgrades, free stays, discounts on travel and hotel loyalty member perks. When you are looking to top up your wallet with a new card, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. So how do you choose a hotel credit card that will accommodate your travel goals? Read on. We’ve rounded up some of the best cards on the market today.
1. Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
This hotel rewards credit card offers you 80,000 points after spending $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening, plus another 7,500 points after adding an authorized user. Additionally, you get to earn five bonus points for each dollar spent at participating Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels.
2. The Starwood Preferred Guest Card
This credit card from American Express earns you five Starpoints for every dollar spent on eligible purchases at participating Marriot and Starwood hotels. You also get to earn one Starpoint per $1 spent on other eligible purchases made at participating resorts and hotels.
The Starpoints can be redeemed for free nights at any Starwood hotel including Tribute Portfolio, The Luxury Collection, Four Points by Sheraton and Westin among others.
3. The Hyatt Credit Card
The Chase Hyatt Credit Card earns you three points on any purchases made at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts. You also earn two bonus points for each dollar spent at restaurants, car rental agencies and on airline tickets bought from an airline. Additionally, you earn one bonus point per one dollar spent on purchases made using the card.
The Star Wars Galaxy Edge hotel is going to be a ground-breaking establishment for tourists. According to CNN Travel, this hotel is going to provide visitors with a one of a kind unique experience. Guests will arrive at the hotel and then be completely submerged in the Star Wars universe.
That’s right. The whole entire hotel and surrounding area will be nothing more than a massive Star Wars designed universe. No guest will be able to arrive at the hotel and not experience life in the Star Wars galaxy. Once they arrive, they will immediately put into costume and then they will have to get prepared to experience one of the many different attractions at the hotel and park.
Keep in in mind that the Galaxy Edge hotel is connected to Disney World theme parks in Orlando and in California. Once guests pay their fee to stay at this hotel they will able to experience a brand-new way to stay at a hotel.
The Galaxy Edge hotels have not opened but are expected to start taking in guests by 2019. This concept is still in the developmental phase and it has a lot of people on board with the idea. It is expected to be a huge hit with guests and people from all over the U.S. and the world.
Most hotels do not provide this kind of experience. Guests who just want a place to rest their head and relax probably should not rent a room here. This hotel is for people who want to have fun, adventure and be a part of a ground-breaking opportunity.
The hotel’s developers are expecting the Galaxy Edge to be a huge success. They also expect lots of visitors for the first few years that it is open. If this hotel proves to be a big hit, it could literally change the way that people stay in hotels during their travels.
In her words, Olivia Wakamoto explains her predicament as a first-time world explorer who resides in the United States of America. Faced with the challenge to select a suitable place to visit, she wanted to travel to a geographical area that would garner her positive remarks in the resume. London was an option she liked because of the intonation of the natives as well as the diversified culture she was hoping to learn. Just like other travelers who are not seasoned explorers, she states that there are points to learn from her escapade as a first-time world explorer:
Before the twenty-year-old lady set out to visit London, she had not traveled alone. As an explorer, she suggests that it is important to travel alone as a means of exploring different parts of the world. That way, it will be easy to travel across the world alone. While traveling as a team was fun in her opinion, she highlights the importance of being independent while traveling the world. Alone times on the road offer an individual the time to read books and walk to shops as a means of exploration.
Ask For Help
While the modern technology provides a platform for seeking information like GoogleMaps, it is essential to consider asking for help. This is because of the percentage of accuracy these gadgets have when offering information on direction. It is easier to trace locations when help is sought from the native of the area an individual is visiting.
Depending on the area an individual is visiting, the prices of commodities can be high or affordable. The spending budget should reflect the needs of the spender according to priority. With the geographical areas filled with several attraction sites, it is important to invest in tours. The budget should be minimized to the amount an individual can spend.
It is no secret that swimming is one of the best part-time activities to a good number of people. Though most of us usually take a dive in a normal pool, did you know that you can take a dip in a pool surrounded by limestone cliffs, a turquoise, surrounding rainforests and an underlying waterfall? If this sounds interesting to you, then you should make an effort and visit the following breathtaking swimming pools.
Located in Thassos Greece, the Giola Lagoon is set right in the middle of a quiet village. Within the lagoon is the Giola swimming pool which is carved in between terraced rocks. A dip into the shimmering water that overlooks the sea will make you forget the troubles of trekking the lagoon.
Cenote Ik Kil
A cenote is a Mexican name that stands for natural swimming holes. The Cenote Ik Kil is located near the archaeological ruins of Chichen Itza. The pool is 85 feet deep and surrounded by hanging vines, lush trees, and rainforests.
Fossil Creek is located in Strawberry Arizona about 100 km from Phoenix. Inside the Fossil Creek is an oasis of crystal blue swimming hole that is surrounded by waterfalls which supply the pool with water.
As the name suggests, you must be a daredevil even to get close to this pool. Located in Zambia Africa, the Devils Pool sits above the Victoria Falls, one of the largest and biggest waterfalls in the world.
Have you ever fancied swimming with jellyfish? If yes, then you should make a date and visit the Eil Malk Island located in Palau. The saltwater lake brags as being one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. When provoked, Jellyfish can sting an intruder. However, for reasons unknown, the jellyfish found in this lake don’t sting swimmers.
Lots of people travel abroad to that exotic, tropical beach to enjoy the warm water and sunny weather. However, many people avoid traveling to those off the map and sometimes not so off the map locations that are truly unique geologically and culturally. Here is a short description of some of the world’s most appealing coastlines that you can visit on your next trip abroad. You can witness spectacular man made wonders and geologic features that will leave you awed.
For a truly one of a kind and otherwordly experience visit the coastline of the Chilean city of Antofagasta. This coastline has unique natural formations and has flora and fauna from the mountains, sea and desert. Imagine three geologic features and climates converging on one coast and you have this one of a kind, spectacular coastline. The city of Antofagasta itself juts out from a mountain. The highlight of this area is called La Portada, a natural stone arc formation that protrudes from the sea.
The island of Corfu, Greece is more well known but has spectacular views and attractions. You will find a blend of British, Italian, Greek and French architecture that stands over clear blue Mediterranean waters. Evergreen mountains lined with unique and colorful homes that overlook the sea are a wonderful sight. After you enjoy the view, you can always take a swim or rest in a sheltered cove.
Australia has an oceanic rock formation known as the 12 apostles. They are found along the shipwreck trail of Australia so yachting there is not recommended. However, you can find incredible limestone cliffs that overlook the ocean. The 12 apostles refer to the groups of rock formations that seemingly warn ships to be careful when approaching the land. The more bold can scuba dive and explore ship wrecks as well as enter underwater caverns.
Summer is upon us, and the weather is perfect for traveling the world. It is time to get out of the house and explore places that have never been seen before. But wait, how can I travel the world if I do not have a six-figure salary?
You do not need a six-figure job to travel. There will always be vacation spots around the world that can be visited on a budget with proper planning. Here are some tips for traveling stress-free:
1) Take a day trip to a nearby park
When you take a small day trip you don’t have to worry about the extra hotel costs, meals, and gas tank fill-ups. Wake up early in the morning and drive to your destination. Then you can return home at night. Have all of your bags and snacks packed the night before so that you can make the most out of your travel day.
2) Travel with a larger group and split costs
Splitting the costs of expensive trips can end up saving each person in the group hundreds of dollars. If you are sharing a hotel or house with a group of family members or friends you can easily divide up the cost to rent the place. Take turns paying for meals. Whoever is not driving the vehicle has to pitch in a few extra dollars for gas.
3) Explore nature around you
Nature parks make for a great day trip. Most parks are free to get into and provide areas to swim, fish, hike, and sleep. It is easy to do a quick Google search for nearby recreation parks.
4) Look for online discounts
There are plenty of websites Groupon and LivingSocial offer deals and discounts for travelers. You can save money on cruises, amusement parks, and hotels.
TRIP ADVISOR UPS THE GAME WITH AND ENHANCED WEBSITE
The travel booking industry is infiltrated with top-notch and not-so-desirable applications. They are all competing for space in the highly lucrative travel and hospitality industries. Travel website Trip Advisor has been at it for some time and brags as the “world’s largest travel site.”
In fact, this could just be true if the 390 million average unique monthly visitors and over 500 million reviews for hotels, restaurants and other travel destinations are anything to go by.
TripAdvisor has opted to stand apart as competition stiffens, eating into revenues generated. The website’s new look gives users a more personalized look, with an advanced app for use on iOS and Android devices. This move is clearly on target considering that almost half of its traffic came from mobile devices in 2016, which accounted for a 29 percent increase.
Other notable refinements include a new desktop home page which has a simple design layout and quick visibility.A filter that indicates “Best Value” also pops up.The filter is based on data collected by TripAdvisor in reference to prices, popularity, ratings, and personal preferences. User reviews and distance, as well as cost, are some matrices that can help you filter through to get the best value.
Eateries and restaurants have been categorized into “Cheap Eats,” “Fine Dining,” “Mid-Range” and several other filter categories.This makes it easy to choose a preferred joint quickly and if you like it, you can still book your space without leaving the website. This has been enabled through integration of website with Open Table, a restaurant booking service.
One of the most interesting developments on the website is the mini-guide a visitor is given once they choose their preferred city.As you indulge in this, you can navigate through filterable results for vacation rentals, restaurants and things to do.
This development is likely to awaken competitor aggressiveness and it will be interesting to watch further developments unfold in the near future.
One of the greatest challenges to global travel is the affordability of the air ticket. Many travelers find it difficult to realize their dream of visiting the holiday destination of their dreams because of the relatively expensive air tickets charged by airlines across the world. However, the recent flooding of ancient cities in Europe by tourists drawn from all over the world is a growing indication of a growing trend in the tourism sector fuelled by several factors including cheaper means of transport offered by budget airlines. Budget airlines offer low-cost air tickets in a move that has seen more people afford the once expensive traveling cost to these tourist destinations.
The role played by budget airlines in global travel is bound to increase significantly over the coming years with more airlines announcing the launch of low-cost airlines. More promising is the news that airlines such as British Airways and WOW-owned Icelandic Air have launched the low-cost airlines for even long-haul air travel. The new trend marks a significant change in air travel policy, which is has for many years been a reserve for those travelers who are relatively financially affluent and could afford the high cost of long-haul air travel.
While the current developments are being viewed in economic terms with the flooding of European cities by tourists a case in point, low-cost air travel including for long-haul travels has far reaching potential benefits. While the economies of these tourists destination are in line to thrive, the resulting social and cultural exchanges cannot be overlooked. It will open new frontiers of world travel including hinterlands with pristine and inviting environments but could not be reached by foreign travelers due to socio-economic reasons. The business world is also bound to benefit greatly with local and international corporations find new and affordable means to reach new economies and potential markets.