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10 May

7 Travel Apps That Will Save You Money and Make You Friends

1) Meetup

If you’ve ever travelled overseas, you will know the exact feels of being some sort of combination of clueless, stressed, broke and perhaps lonely. Planning a trip can indeed be daunting and pricey, so it’s no wonder you’re having heart palpitations. Sometimes these OTT feels happen when you’re actually ON your adventure.

It’s like we need an easy way to hook us up with the best deals and to connect us with travel buddies. Great news —  there’s an app for that! Actually, there’s many, yasss! I’m not just talking about Airbnb, there are in fact other fantastic apps perfect for travelling. We’ve complied 7 travel apps below that will help save you money or make you friends while you’re globe-trotting, so you don’t have to befriend the desperate guy on the free walking tour. #winningattravel

Available for download from

iOS App Store and Google Play Store

Key features/ benefits

The Meetup app connects locals and travellers with a wide range of activities and events in their area — working as the perfect way to meet new people. The app allows travelers an authentic taste of culture and the opportunity to meet other jet-setters and locals living in the given location. You are able to explore just about any areas of interest, including: language, technology, food & drink, family, and even career & business; to name a few. We used this app when travelling in Dubai to have an authentic Iftar dining experience during Ramadan,  it was also great in places like Italy and Madrid to go along to language swap nights, food and drink groups and more!

How to use it

Download the Meetup app, hit sign up and choose some categories that interest you to start with. Then, based on your location, you will be presented with events and activities close by. You can edit your profile, view and RSVP to Meetups accordingly and message others.

Perfect For

Singles and couples wanting to immerse themselves in local culture and experience this without the expensive price tag of an organised company tour, etc.

2) Skyscanner

Available for download from

iOS App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon

Key features/ benefits

Skyscanner is a free app that makes comparing prices of flights, hotels and car hire options super easy! The app offers travellers the best prices across a huge selection of operators. This is always our first stop when trying to find the cheapest international flights. It even presents self-transfer options for the cheapest flight route to where you need to go.

How to use it

Download the app and sign up. Select from the flights, hotels or car hire options at the top and enter your filter details accordingly.  You can then save flights in order to keep an eye on their price in case it drops. You can also a view chart to see the cheapest days or months to fly or search everywhere for top deals and inspiration.

Perfect for

Singles, couples or families looking to find the best deals possible in the one place. Perfect for taking away the stress of costly accommodation, flights and care hire.

3) Travello

Available for download from

iOS App Store and Google Play Store

Key features/ benefits

Travello is a social networking app that aims to easily help travellers connect with each other.  It has users from over 170 countries including first time backpackers, experienced solo travellers and digital nomads. The app matches you with the categories of traveller that you specify. There are also features such as meetups, deals and a useful wifi finder.

How to use it

Download the app, sign up and choose the types of people you wish to be matched with out of the list. You then have to select your interests from the list provided, their is also the option of adding your Facebook friends that are currently on Travello. Once the above steps are set up, you are able to make posts and browse the people nearby and message them if you wish.

Perfect for

Singles or couples looking to meet new people who are either travelling right now, looking to travel soon or have returned from travel and are keen to stay engaged with the travel community.

4) Hotel Tonight

Available for download from

iOS App Store and Google Play Store

Key features/ benefits

If you’re one of those people that books things last minute but still want the best deals, this is the app for you! When hotels have unsold rooms, they advertise them on the Hotel Tonight app for cheaper costs. With Hotel Tonight, you are offered the flexibility to book as you go, being able to reserve a deal for tonight, tomorrow or next week on your mobile device in only a matter of seconds.

How to use it

Download the app and enter your location to find your nearest hotel deals. You can change the date of your stay at the top right of the search bar. The list of hotels includes the name and distance from your current location, as well as the current price.

Each hotel also has a rating category based on its amenities and service, these are ranked from High-Roller to Basic. If you find a deal you can’t go past, you simply select it, enter your billing details and voilà! The app also includes a browsing feature to view the latest deals both locally and across the globe. You can also create a profile and earn rewards when you invite your friends to download the app.

 Perfect For

Singles, couples or families who make spontaneous, last-minute hotel plans, all while wanting to receive the lowest prices.

5) Viator

Available for download from

iOS App Store

Key features/ benefits

Once you’ve booked your holiday you need to find fun and interesting things to do there! You can now browse through over 20,000 tours and attractions around the world on the Viator app. Score the best deals on activities with the app’s low-price guarantee and exclusive offers, and even book the same day.

How to use it

Download the app and select your destination. At the bottom of the screen, you can change the date and at the top you are able to select out of: Tours, Attractions, Search, Recommendations, Map or Video. If you select Tours or Attractions, you are then given a list of “Things To Do”, along with a price and star rating. In the side menu, you can also sign up, view your shopping cart, your wish list, bookings and change your preferred currency.

Perfect For

Singles, couples or families interested in finding the top tours and attractions for the lowest prices, wherever they may be travelling.

6) CouchSurfing

Available for download from

iOS App Store and Google Play Store

Key features/ benefits

We all know CouchSurfing is a great way to find free/cheap share accommodation in the homes of locals and expats when travelling. However, we have discovered another beneficial feature to the app! There is a community events section, where you can search nearby events in your current location in order to meet new people with similar interests to you. Another great way to travel like a local. Like Meetup and many others, you can also host your own event as a way to meet people, it can be as simple as catching up for drinks, or going to a local amusement park.

How to use it

Download the app, sign up and enter your location. You can then click on the search button and select ‘traveller’ to view what events are happening nearby.

Perfect for

Singles or couples wanting to tap into a different community and view local culture from a first-hand perspective.

7) Hopper

Available for download from

iOS App Store and Google Play Store

Key features/ benefits

Hopper tells you when the best time is to buy your flights, based on an archive of trillions of flight prices. Hopper analyses historical data to share predictions that consistently perform with 95% accuracy. You can track flights and Hopper will alert you when the best time to book it is. You know you’re onto a good thing if it won the 2016 Standout Startup at the Google Play Awards!

How to use it

Download the app to begin searching for deals. Once you’ve entered in where you are travelling from and where you are going, you can view the prices for each day. Then you simply select which day you would like to travel and the app tells you if you should book now or not based on the current price. If you choose to ‘Watch This Trip’ you can be notified of any fare changes or you can purchase your ticket straight away.

Perfect for

Singles, couples or families wanting to compare flights and the best possible times to fly, and are sick of annoying popups!

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Demi Kabaj

Demi has a passion for all things digital – PR, advertising and marketing. She loves travel, taking photos and just about any type of food. When she’s not adding to her massive makeup collection, she is often found singing in the shower or watching cat videos.

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