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Freya Stark knew what she was talking about when she said: "To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."
Travel, and everything that comes with it, is one of the most amazing experiences that this world has to offer. Imagine that fear and excitement of the unfamiliar, the warmth of strange people, the sensory overload in a place that's new to you. It's exciting, and the mere thought of it makes you want to jump on a plane, and just go into a place unknown.
Then reality hits, and you realise just how much it actually costs to travel. Bummer isn't it?
The beauty of travel is that you don't necessarily have to start big. You can always try traveling local, there are countless tips out there to help you save on car hire, parking, and accommodations, and - of course - there's always technology. So to help you stretch your dollar as far as it could reach, here are some of my favourite travel apps to help you save, save, save!
Have you tried to pull your hair out of frustration when you realise that your flight's been delayed only after you've spent extra on a taxi to get to the airport on time? Maybe you got even more irritated because now, you need to either have to spend for another taxi to go back home or spend for an airport lounge, or spend for a nearby hotel? This is never going to be an issue with GateGuru. With this nifty app, you can track your flight information real-time with its FlightBoard feature. This way, flight delays will never be a nasty surprise. Trust me, you'll know when your flight is delayed even before the airline posts it.
Everybody loves a good bargain. However, not everyone likes or has the time to scrum through dozens of websites to make sure they get the best prices.
Here's an easy app that does all of the price comparison work for you. Compare prices of flights, hotels, and even car rentals from hundreds of travel sites with a tap of your screen. This app lets you see all of the latest deals and will even predict whether your flight's price will rise or fall within a span of time. You can even get the flight status or get an itinerary once its all booked. Going overseas? No worries. Kaya is available in 31 countries. Did I mention that it's a free app?
Here's something that'll help you with your local travel (Australia).
First, you should know that one of the bests ways to travel anywhere is by having your own (even temporary) car. It's convenient, comfortable, and you get to go places in your own time and at your own pace. But with driving comes petrol expense. If you're borrowing a friend's car in the city, of course, you'd have to at least pay for their petrol. While petrol is expensive, there is one handy app that can help you find the cheapest fuel price around Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, and Hobart: it's called MotorMouth. It posts prices twice a day, and you can even subscribe to receive email alerts on them daily.
Those are just a few of my favourite apps to use when traveling. Did I miss any of your trusted apps? Sound off in the comments!