These apps will guide you to the best vacation spots if you’re looking for a place that’ll scratch the itch from your travel bug.
The Best Apps To Guide You To The Best Vacation Spots
1. Airbnb (iOS and Android)
Normally, you’d use Airbnb when you’ve zeroed in on your next destination among the top tourist countries and you’re just looking for a place to stay. What people don’t realize is AirBnB is an untapped mine of travel recommendations thanks to its Guidebook feature. The Guidebook feature allows Airbnb hosts to make a list of things to do and sights to see near their properties. It’s as good as getting tips from a local.
2. Cool Cousin (iOS)
If you believe that every person is separated only by six degrees of separation, chances are we all have that one cool relative living overseas who’ll show us the wonders of their city. That’s basically the spirit of Cool Cousin — a travel platform supported by locals who curate offbeat and interesting spots in their corner of the globe. Just choose a city and pick the Cousin who best matches you to get their insights on where to go.
3. Geosure (iOS and Android)
Traveling is not always just an adventure — just look at the news. If safety is at the top of your mind especially when you’re thinking of fun places to take kids safely on vacation, then you need to take your cue from Geosure. Geosure gives neighborhoods and cities safety ratings so you’ll know what kind of risk you may encounter before you even book.
4. G. Spotting (iOS)
Love Gwyneth Paltrow and all the content from Goop? The actress’ media company created a travel app called G. Spotting which sources its tips and recommendations from the lifestyle maven herself and her team of editors. Now, through the app, you can pick G’s brain on her top 10 places to visit in the world before you die.
5. HappyCow (iOS and Android)
It’s hard to travel when you’re vegan because it’s hard to find places to eat. Good thing HappyCow does the heavy lifting for you by listing all the vegan restaurants in the area. If eating cruelty-free cuisine is right up your alley, then pick the destination where you have more options.
6. Localeur (iOS and Android)
Similar to Cool Cousin, Localeur serves as a travel platform where locals can post content about their favorite places in their cities. Whether you’re looking for the best ice cream spots in Portland in Maine or Portland in Oregon, there’s a local whose mind you can pick to fill in a craving or to get the lowdown on an area’s hidden treasures.
7. LonelyPlanet (iOS and Android)
LonelyPlanet publishes some of the best travel and destination guides in the market today. They’ve expanded their content for a mobile audience through their mobile app. Their app’s a good pick if you’re looking for inspiration on where to hop next.
8. SoloTraveller (iOS and Android)
Why travel alone when you can share the experience with someone? The SoloTraveller app instantly connects you to a fellow backpacker or a local who is willing to guide you to the best spots beyond the tourist traps. Thanks to the social networking dimension of the app, you can share things from splitting a taxi ride to narrating your trek to a like-minded community.
9. Streetography (iOS and Android)
Thanks to tech, we can now be as visually close as possible to the places we visit and Streetography perfectly illustrates this. The app allows people to build photo maps much like Google’s Street Maps. It’s like Instagram for travel destinations.
10. Travel + Leisure Travel Guide (iOS and Android)
Travel + Leisure serves the best travel content geared toward a more discerning and upscale audience. If you’re looking for more luxurious and mainstream insights and tips like what to look for in a resort in the Maldives or the best wineries in Tuscany, the mag’s Travel Guide app should be your go-to app for inspiration.
11. Travel Buddy (Android)
Travel Buddy belongs to the growing niche of apps which combine social networking with travel. This app connects solo travelers with volunteer locals who will guide them to the best unknown haunts in their hometowns.
12. TripAdvisor (iOS and Android)
Whether you’re looking for quirky accommodations or the best budget restaurants in the city, TripAdvisor is bound to have multiple recommendations for you. It gives you access to hundreds of reviews from travelers and a wealth of information about the city you’re planning to visit. Prior to traveling, you can also ask other travelers specific questions about your destination.
13. Viator (iOS and Android)
Are you a budget-conscious traveler? If you care about getting the best experiences without emptying your wallet, Viator will give you information about deals on tours and packages. Why fork out the full amount when you can get your next vacation at a discount thanks to a travel coupon?
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Traveling can give you a mixed bag of experiences if you don’t plan where you’re going, especially if you’re visiting top tourist countries. Fortunately, these apps provide you with insights from other travelers so you can plan your itinerary and discover the best vacation spots uniquely tailored for yourself and your family.
Do you have your own travel picks and destinations? How did you find out about them? Let us know in the comments section below.
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