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5 travel planning apps to jumpstart your next holidays

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Travel planning apps allow you to organise your next holiday while awaiting the relaxation of the Coronavirus lockdown rules.

As long as you have network access, being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead. Thanks to the variety of travel planning apps, you can now organise every aspect of your holiday in the safety and comfort of your own home.

You will need to make some decisions such as home or away, how to get there and accommodation type. Chances are, events currently taking place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic will influence your choices, so it is worth doing your research before making your final decision. If you are in need of additional inspiration then you could also check some useful travel blogs. When going abroad, you will also need to consider buying your travel money online, and if necessary think about a travel credit card.

Travel planning apps

The following travel planning apps are available for use on Android or iOS smartphones and are free to use.

Trainline

You can book train and coach tickets in 45 different countries including the UK, France and Spain. It gives up to date information on train schedules including disruptions and delays.

The app will let you know the best price for your specified trip from a choice of more than 220 rail and coach companies including Eurostar. Tickets can be purchased using the app but how you receive them will depend on the company. In most cases you will receive a confirmation email giving you instructions as to how to get your tickets.

Hopper

Of the many available flight booking travel planning apps, I believe this is the most useful if you are looking for a bargain. Enter your destination and Hopper will show you the cheapest and most expensive times to fly. It will also offer advice on whether to book or wait for the price to fall. If you have better things to do with your time, you can set up a ‘price watch’ and the app will notify you when the fare is at its cheapest.

Airbnb

Since its launch in 2008, the Airbnb network has grown to more than six million rooms, flats and houses in more than 81,000 cities worldwide. It offers a good alternative to a hotel stay and is always worth checking to ensure you are getting the best deal on your accommodation.

On making a reservation, you communicate with the host directly using the app and they will send you details including directions. You can also book activities such as a walking tour, wine tasting or cooking class in the local area.

Hotels.com

With this app you have access to more than 325,000 hotels in approximately 19,000 locations globally. Simply enter the destination and number of rooms and the app will let you know the available hotels in the area. You can also add filters such as price and the app will exclude the hotels that don’t apply.

One of the big advantages of using this app is its rewards programme. It offers one free night for every 10 nights booked through the app. It’s worth noting that the night is free as long as you book it using the app, because if you book it on the website they will charge a £4 fee.

Tripit

This is one of the best travel planning apps if you like to make all the arrangements yourself. You simply forward the confirmation emails to the app and it will use them to form a travel schedule. You can access the schedule even if you are offline, and share the plans with your fellow travel companions.

A premium service, TripIt Pro, is available for £38 per year with additional features. These include real-time flight monitoring, reward points tracking, a currency converter and frequent flyer miles.

Conclusion

Once you have made decisions such as destination and dates, you can use these travel planning apps to book and organise your holiday without leaving your home.

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