5 Apps guaranteed to stretch your travel budget!

We may be living in a world with a shaky economy, but our travel dreams are still solid... and for good reason that is. Habitual tips and advice on 'saving while travelling' is always at hand, but following these guidelines usually end up with you having to compromise your travel experience, especially for the modern traveller. 

As a result of this, the smartphone had become a prized possesion for the modern traveller, amongst others. The compact device not only provides an abundance of information, but it also helps with saving some cash. 

How? Well, the smartphone gives you access to a series of apps, which in many cases are free to download. It can be used to filter flights, book flights and accommodation, navigate whenever you're lost and even allows you to hire a car.

Edward Frost, British Airways’ commercial manager for South and East Africa says the key to convenience is simplicity when using technology to travel.

“New apps are being developed and released daily, and while many have merit, you’re probably best-advised to combine the tried-and-tested with the flavour-of-the-month and the novelty,” Frost says. 

SEE: 10 must-have travel apps for your next trip abroad 

Below is a list of 5 of the best travel apps that can help South Africans save time and money... the two primary aspects of life that we all strive to save on, especially in a climate where travelling for the average South African seems like a far-fecthed aspiration.

1. Kiwi.com 

This app assists you with filtering the flight prices by providing you with the cheapest flights available on the market. The app has been programmed to sift through large amounts of data to extract the best deal for you. It is useful if you don’t have a specific travel date in mind and also if you’re searching for a specific journey.

It comprises of an interactive map, displaying prices of different travel destinations. One of the significant features is the push notification option that keeps you up-to-date with your travel plans. Moreover, the map can be used as a tool to explore other destinations and its prices.

Screengrab: kiwi.com

2. Maps.Me

This is by far one of the best apps to use for navigation purposes. It grants you access to unlimited maps all around the world. The app solely relies on your GPS signal, so the app can be used even when you’re ‘offline’. Ultimately, you won’t be reliable for roaming charges or additional data from your service provider.

The app allows you to pin-point locations that you plan on visiting, which outlines your tour before your journey starts. Remember to download the app using Wi-Fi first!

Screengrap: Maps.Me

3. GasBuddy.com

GasBuddy will assist you in locating the cheapest gas station in your vicinity. Be a smart traveller and download this app, especially if you’re planning on hiring a car to get around. The app uses GPS signal to locate the desired outcome or, you can simply input your address (where you are at that moment). 
The prices provided by the app are user based so GasBuddy rewards price contributors with points for sending updated prices and information on gas stations. The prizes often include free fuel!

Screengrab: GasBuddy.com

4. Couchsurfing

The Couchsurfing app allows you to locate free accommodation from locals who have opened their homes to guests. This is great because you get to experience life as a local instead of a tourist, for a more authentic experience. The app locates accommodation in the area of your chosen destination. No money is exchanged between you and the host…however, to show appreciation, you may take them out for dinner.

Screengrab: Couchsurfing

5. GetYourGuide

This is a travel guide app, providing you with low priced activities and tours within your chosen destination. You shouldn’t forget to check the app regularly, to ensure that you get the best offering. This is a fun, but affordable way to make your travel experience memorable.  

Be a smart traveller and utilise your smartphone to download these apps. All of the above travel apps are available on iOS and Android.

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