Are you traveling with your crew this summer? Right on! Team Friendish is all about making memories with friends new and old and a using technology to connect people IRL.
Here are some tips on using tech to make your squad’s summer vacay a breeze!
Even if you’re traveling on a budget, hitting the road or the open trails will cost you. In order to save you from nightmare scenarios during or after your trip, agree to how you will handle splitting payments on hotel reservations, meals, and gas before you ever leave home. Splitwise is an easy tool to help you keep track of your group’s spending and divvy up who owes what so no one gets stuck with a massive bill their friends need to pay up and no one gets a shockingly high venmo request either. Everyone on the trip can download and enroll in Splitwise’s app and your group can keep track of costs together and decide to pay up as you go or settle the bill all at once when safely back home. But we encourage you to make a plan everyone agrees to from the start.
Let’s face it, we aren’t all blessed with a keen sense of direction. If your inner compass is faulty and you’re trying to navigate an unfamiliar city, check out the Cityplanner app. Using your GPS location or inputting an origin and destination point, Cityplanner finds the best public transport routes to put you on the fastest path to all the parks, restaurants, and museums you could ever want to see!
Sleeping Under Unfamiliar Skies
By now we know what a great resource AirBnB is for connecting travellers to rooms, apartments, and even whole houses. If you’re traveling with a large group or spending a long period of time in one place, it is such a fantastic option for lodging and key to living like a local, some hosts even provide little neighborhood guides to help you get comfortable in your new surroundings.
For those of you traveling to multiple locations throughout your travels and therefore needing to book several rooms in a row, check out Hotels.com and their app. The best perk isn’t that they connect you to a huge variety of rooms in your destination at your desired price range, but that the more nights you use the closer you’ll be to earning a free night’s stay. Like a punch card at your favorite coffee spot, Hotels.com offers free nights and “secret prices” to registered users who repeatedly book through their app/website. Depending on your itinerary, you might even get free or discounted rooms within your first trip.
Road Trip Ride or Dies
If you’re taking to the highway for your summer vacay, download GasBuddy before you start your engines. Using your GPS location GasBuddy will find the cheapest gas near you. Sort your search results by distance if you’re nearing E or by price so you’ll have extra change to spare once you reach your destination. Don’t forget to check your tire pressure and fluids, such as oil, coolant, and wiper fluid, before a long haul just to be on the safe side, and top any low items up to recommended levels for your vehicle. If your insurance doesn’t offer roadside assistance in your package, consider enrolling in AAA or a similar organization. Not only can you call 24/7 if you break down on the road, but AAA also offers registered travelers discounts, so always ask if you’re booking a rental car, hotel, or Amtrak ticket and you might be surprised how much you can save.
I Believe I Can Fly
If you’re finding summer fun via the friendly skies, peep the App Store/Google Play for your airline’s native app. Updates on flight schedules, baggage dimensions and weight restrictions, and confirmation numbers can all be at your fingertips, you can even get a digital boarding pass so you won’t have to dig it out of your carry on bag or worry about losing it at security checkpoints. International airlines such as Delta now offer their own apps, but even budget and regional airlines are getting their digital on, like Frontier and Norwegian.
Where are you and your homies heading for your summer vacay? Share in the comments below.
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