From 10 hour layovers to noisy hostels, traveling on a budget can be a hustle and a hassle. Thankfully it doesn't have to be. There are some great of travel apps and websites that can help you save big on your next trip. These are 5 of our favorite budget travel apps.
Hopper: You could have 10 PHDs and in economics and still not fully understand how flight pricing works. Enter Hopper. Hopper analyzes billions of prices daily to predict how prices will change and tells you whether to buy or wait. Hopper claims that knowing when to buy can save you up to 40% on your next flight.
Roost: Lodging costs are one of the biggest, and often most hidden travel costs. I'm sure you've experienced the predicament: everywhere you want to stay is out of your budget, and everywhere that's in your budget is well kind of dump. That's where Roost comes in. Roost connects travelers to share lodging so you only pay for the beds you need. Use Roost in hotel rooms, Airbnbs, and homestays. And if you already booked a place to stay you can list your extra beds and get paid.
Skiplagged: Ever wondered how a flight from New York to Los Angeles costs $200 but a flight from New York to Nashville, thousands of miles closer, costs $450? Skiplagged shows you “hidden city” flights that airlines don’t advertise. A hidden-city flight is a flight where you get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from New York to Orlando might be $250, but a similar flight from New York to Dallas with a layover in Orlando might be $130. If you’re going to Orlando, we’ll show you both flights. If you choose the cheaper one, you get off the plane in Orlando instead of continuing on to Dallas. It always feels good to outsmart the airlines.
Venmo: I'm sure you've all heard of Venmo by now. Venmo is a digital wallet that lets you make and share payments with friends. So the next time you travel with a group of friends you won't get stuck paying the entire bill.
AirHelp: If an airline has ever lost your luggage or your flights has been cancelled you know how much of a hassle and cost this can be. The good news is that most travelers are eligable for companesation when something goes wrong. The problem is the airlines don't make it easy to get. AirHelp streamlines this process and makes sure you get the compensation you deserve.