I’m in the middle of planning a 2 week trip to Europe where I’ll be stopping in London, Paris and Rome with a short trip to Florence before heading home. Even though I’ve been to each of these locations before, I’m going with one of my daughters this time, who hasn’t been to Paris and Rome yet. This trip is for her.
I like to plan, have an idea of what to do, places to eat, where to stay and I’m always on the hunt for the best deal.
For my first overseas trip this year, these are my favorite apps that I have found and have used.
Best Travel Apps (and Websites) of 2019 (so far)
- Ebates. I love this one, especially for Canadians. You receive a percentage of every item you order or travel reservation you make. Considering hotels and flights can be quite costly, that’s a nice $$ back in my pocket. So far, I’ve been able to use this while making reservations on sites such as Hotwire, Expedia, Amazon etc. (to be clear, I’ve used my referral link and you earn $5 if you join)
- ViaVan – especially if you are visiting London, England. This service is similar to taking a cab or other ride share programs like uber but it’s cheaper (according to my daughter who uses it all the time). By using her referral, I received $20 in free credit to use while I’m there…so use this link and you’ll get $20 in credit too!)
- Hotwire. I can’t say enough about this site right now. This is a budget trip for me, but I don’t have budget tastes (as many of you know). I was able to book a “HOT RATE” for a 5 Star hotel in Rome – a hotel that would normally cost $600+ a night – for only $177/night! Yep, you read that right! You can book hotels for up to 60% off. How it works is they offer a price, give you a selection of possible hotels you can receive and then tell you the hotel once you’ve confirmed your booking.
- VisitaCity I’m using this app especially for Rome where they have free itineraries to use. I am going to use their 3 day itinerary where we are casually walking through the city. They have itineraries for family for up to 7 days or more, plus a lot of great advice. It’s an amazing app and I’m so glad I found it!
- Airbnb. This was the first time I’d seriously considered using this site to book a place to stay. There were so many amazing choices in both Paris and Rome and if I’d been staying longer, I totally would have used it. But I also love their ‘experiences’ they offer that I couldn’t find when searching for tours on other sites. Such as…having a chef cook you a real Parisian dinner in their home or having a photographer take you to places throughout the iconic city and take photos.
These are the apps I’ve enjoyed using so far for this trip. I have a few more trips coming up this year – like heading to California for a conference and then back to Europe in December for my Reader Trip for the Christmas Markets, so I will update as I go.
I’m not the only savvy traveler out there though…do you have an app or website that you love to use that I didn’t list? I’d love to know about it!