So, if travel agents aren’t being used and people are turning to digital methods when booking holidays, what are the go-to travel apps that we should all be using?
Here are the top 5 travel apps based on my own personal experience: I would use these to ensure a hassle-free holiday. Nowadays, the less hassle the better. These 5 apps can all be accessed from any mobile device, as long as there is WIFI or 3G, there’s a way!
1. Air b&b
A fantastic way to book accommodation! Here’s how it works…
Properties and rentals are listed by the owners. Previous customers and peers then review and rate their stay in the comments section. There is also a verified ID system which links to social media accounts to ensure that there aren’t any ‘spookies’. Air BNB is a trusted site for many, with easy to use filters, people can decide the location, prices, star rating at the click of a button.
Everything is extremely transparent when it comes to Air B&B. Not only is it great for us customers, but it’s also handy for those of us in need of extra cash. For example, parents can rent a room out after the kids have flown the nest (don’t get any ideas, Mum and Dad). Statistics show that if the property were to be listed on the app for seven days a month, on average they have the potential to earn around £5,600 per year! Equivalent to a 15% pay rise for the average full-time employee, nice.
A stress-free way of booking flights, without breaking the bank…
Skyscanner is a travel app that I use on the daily. (I’m not always booking flights, but I am most definitely dreaming about what I can book!). The site compares thousands of airlines and deduces them down to find the cheapest flights for your destination – easy and simple! Although it doesn’t have any meerkats available or singing men with moustaches, Skyscanner will compare flights from every airport to every country you could imagine. The metasearch engine will then redirect you to the providers’ website where your transaction will be processed and hey presto, you’re off to Aus!
3. Google Maps
A hassle-free app at it’s finest. The easiest way to navigate…
Some of us out there that are slightly prone to getting lost, Google Maps is the travel app for you. I can imagine that the majority of have probably used it already as it is a widely renowned app that can be used just about anywhere at any time. Google Maps is great for planning ahead as well, directions can be shown by car, public transport, foot, taxi or bike which can then help you to make the best travel decision for your trip. For all the foodies out there, Google Maps will also provide users with the nearest restaurants, bars and cafes along a route which is very handy. Just in case you ever needed an emergency wine or beer stop, right?
Sit back and relax, KAYAK will do all the hard work for you…
Not too dissimilar from Skyscanner, KAYAK is a travel search engine that will let you help you to find the best flights, hotels and car rentals for the cheapest price. The app also has useful tools to help users research destinations and also enables price alerts via email or phone notifications when on the hunt for accommodation and flights. These notifications mean that we can be lazy. Users can input their desired destination and the app will do the rest. Once the app has found possibilities, the user will receive a notification on their phone.
Will you be writing a review, or reading a review?…
Founded in 2000, the site has offered people with over 18 years of honest reviews and recommendations, saving us all from near misses and food poisoning. Being a user-generated website, anyone is able to post a comment or review. This could be in relation to a recent restaurant they have dined at or accommodation that they’d definitely not recommend to their worst enemy.
Trip Advisor follows a ‘popularity ranking’ system based upon quality (bubble ratings, 5 being the highest will appear first in the search), recency (recent reviews being more valuable than older reviews) and quantity of reviews (to allow statistical significance that can be compared to other reviews and business). Over time, this algorithm will help business to ensure confidence in their customers, filtering out the good reviews from the bad reviews which will determine the business’ popularity over time.