Alexa Suter’s Guide to Tech Travel
Read on to get Alexa’s tips for tech travel
If long-term travel simply isn’t for you, there are still many tools you can use to ensure that you’re making the most of your vacation without spending an arm and a leg. Here I’ll share with you tools I’ve had success with when it comes to the basics of travel: flights, accommodations, and navigations.
Because flights are generally the bulkiest part of your travel expenses, make sure you pay special attention to both when and how you book your flight. As a general rule of thumb, book your transatlantic/transpacific flight at least one month in advance, and give yourself at least two weeks for intercontinental flights (unless you’re up for snagging a last minute deal).
Researching the hell out of flights using Kayak or Skyscanner first is important. Though it’s not necessary to actually book the flight through the app, it’s essential to ensure your flight is the best out there!
My flight booker of choice is Skyscanner for two great reasons: flexibility and spontaneity. Skyscanner gives you the ability to search flight prices amongst a date range of an entire month, which, if you’re a commitment-phobe like me, is an amazing option. If you also happen to value spontaneity, you can select “everywhere” for your destination and see both when on the calendar and where in the world the best deals are hiding.
I’ve used each of these apps for different vacations, and have had success with each. Use the Airbnb app to hook yourself up with your own apartment in the city you’ll be visiting, or creatively acquire a free host by opting to stay in a local’s guest bedroom – choose a place with plenty of positive customer reviews. If you’re more of a hotel person, use the Hotwire app – which offers hugely discounted rates at the expense of not knowing beforehand which hotel you’ll be staying at – or download Trivago to compare hotel prices amongst all booking agents.
Explore the City: mTrip Guides and Transit Apps
As a long-term, international traveler with a track record of little to no pre-vacation planning, take it from me: mTrips will save you and your trip!
Download mTrip Guides for a nicely organized slew of information on the most popular tourist destinations around the world. With offline walking guides and the ability to create your own itinerary or let mTrips do it for you, you’ll be visiting attractions, stores, and restaurants like a local. And you’ll have the ability to document your experiences, too.
Since taxis are an utter waste of money when it comes to seeing a new city (in my opinion), I’d strongly suggest downloading a city-specific transit app to help you get around (without the need for wifi.) London has a Citymapper app, Budapest has an app called SmartCity, and I’m sure whichever city you’re visiting has one that compares – Google magic my friends!
So there you have it – in just a few app store downloads you’ll be traveling like a pro and the only turbulence you’ll be facing is that caused by “rough air.” (Which I hope you experience little to none of.)
Happy tech travels!