These apps help you plan your trip—and have more fun once you travel

August is upon us, which means beating the heat with a long, cool vacation.

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there’s something for everyone in this collection of apps and tools – from cheap flights to luxurious accommodations to road trip diversions and more.

Flight Penguin: Booking No-Nonsense Flights

with free flying penguin Flight-finding detail, it’s all about the visual grid.

Search results are presented based on a mish-mash of how much the flight costs and how painful the trip will be: for example, a really cheap flight may show way down the list if it includes several long layovers. . (Something is experienced throughout the experience late, grieving hipmunk—Flight Penguin comes from some of those same founders.)

Flight Penguin pulls in flights from other travel sites in real time to make sure you get the most up-to-date results, and scores big for not cluttering the interface with ads, upsells, or a bunch of gimmicks.

Casual Casual: One-Stock Accommodation

Instead of jumping from place to place in search of a place to live, just move around comfortable comfortable,

You’ll find results for hotel rooms, condos, homes, and everything in between. That’s because CozyCozy aggregates searches from almost every big-name booking site.


The results are then displayed in a simple map-plus-list view, which makes it easy to house potential pads based on price, location, or both.

Packpoint: Suitcase Serenity

And now we come to the worst part of the trip: the packing. work with it briefly packpoint,

This $3 app is worth every penny: it tells you how many days you’ll be going, where you’re going, what activities you want to do, and it’ll piece together a customized list of what you should pack.


It even checks the weather in your destination to make sure you don’t get caught in a torrential downpour or head out on the town on a chilly night without a sweater.

Auto: Location-Based Celebrity Audio Tour

Break the monotony of a long road trip with auto Application.

Backed by Kevin Costner and featuring some of his celebrity friends, Auto senses your location and relays interesting facts, anecdotes, and history about more than 9,000 places around America.


The app is iPhone only, unfortunately, but you get the first five stories for free, at which point you can opt for a monthly, yearly, or three-year subscription for $30, $35, or $70, respectively.

Upside: Cash Back on Gas

And if road trips are really in your future, you can worry about some pain in the pump this summer. (at least the prices are moving in the right direction at the moment,

Thank God, reverse The app can help take the sting out a bit by allowing you to withdraw some cash from participating gas chains.


It’s not limited to gas: Upside partners with fast food joints, coffee chains, and more. When you arrive at a participating business, simply activate the app, claim your prize, and then either check in using your location or take a photo of your receipt.

You can then cash in to your bank account or PayPal, or choose to gift cards to one of the many big-name stores instead.

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