Tripadvisor: When it comes to searching for things to do, places to stay, and foods to eat, Tripadvisor is my go-to website. The site makes it easy to narrow down searches by price and find top attractions in each city with plenty of reviews, pictures, and other suggested recommendations. Plus, I always get a kick out of reading witty reviews. I loved using this app for my family’s spring break trip to 30A Florida.
Yelp: After doing my initial searches with Tripadvisor, I usually follow up with Yelp to further narrow down where I should eat. I love seeing the pictures and reading the funny reviews, but many restaurants and businesses will actually also offer deals through the app. It’s worth taking a look at if you haven’t looked before.
Google Maps: After narrowing down all the places I want to visit, Google Maps has an incredible option to create your own travel maps. Since I’ve started doing this, it’s been super easy to create my travel itineraries. I organize everywhere I want to go by color (red for eat, blue for stay, yellow for shop, etc.), which makes it easy to plan your itinerary based on location and commute times between attractions. This was extremely handy for my first trip to Seattle, because many attractions were spread out and limited by public transportation times.
Airbnb: From my girlfriend getaway guide to Austin, y’all know how much I enjoy using Airbnb. It’s a great app to book unique places to stay, but another great feature is the public access to hosts’ personal recommendations for local attractions in their “Guidebooks”. Sometimes I will just browse through this option to find local favorite attractions. If you haven’t used Airbnb before, I have the opportunity to give you friends $40 for your first trip, so be sure to give it a try. I’ve made so many memories with friends by staying with Airbnb hosts – I’d love to hear about your experience if you give them a try, too.
I hope you found this post helpful! What phone apps do you swear by when planning your travels? I’d love to learn more!