Making travel plans? These five apps can ensure a cheap, hassle-free trip

Gearing up for the holiday season and want to enjoy a memorable trip without spending a bomb? Check out these five apps.

From booking flights to fuel, mobile apps have made travel easy.
From booking flights to fuel, mobile apps have made travel easy. (Shutterstock)

The season of festivals is approaching and it is time again to plan, save time and fly to your preferred destination, without burning a giant hole in your pocket. Here are some apps to help you plan easy and accessible holidays:

* Ixigo- flight booking app: It is the friend you need to keep in your smartphone for finding the cheapest air tickets or enjoy impressive cash-backs on fares. Its value-adds include automated web check-ins, smart fare alerts, holiday calendar, flight status and tracking. You can also browse travel guides, compare hotel tariffs and find the cheapest room rates with the best deals, discounts and cashbacks.


Apps can help you find the cheapest air tickets. (Shutterstock)

* Couchsurfing- connect and stay with locals: Expensive hotels or shady motels aren’t the only options you have when it comes to lodging in a foreign city. Over 12 million travel enthusiasts have used Couchsurfing to find accommodation, meet or connect with locals in over 2,30,000 cities across the world. The app puts you in touch with millions of local hosts readily offering accommodation, whilst letting you connect with locals in real-time and have an organic and authentic experience.

*Fuel Buddy- road trip essential: Student life isn’t complete without that one road trip, perhaps to the countryside, with balmy summer afternoons and easy listening to an indie playlist. Let Fuel Buddy take care of one essential for the trip — the ready availability of fuel at competitive prices. By tracking your location, the app lists the cheapest gas stations in the vicinity. You can also use the app to know the right time to stop for gas and perhaps scan the washrooms, just in case you badly need it.


This app helps find healthy eating joints across cities. (Shutterstock)

* HealthyOut- for healthy eating: Avoid eating junk and opt for a nutritious and scrumptious meal with the help of HealthyOut. When in a new city, it is difficult to discover healthy eating out joints. However, HealthyOut traces your location to let you know about the healthier choices served by nearby restaurants. The health chart reveals the exact amount of fat, carbs or protein that you will consume with a particular order.

* Viber- keeping in touch made easy: For the time you really need to speak with your best friend or call back home, Viber is going to be your knight in shining armour. Instead of a tedious sign-up process, Viber just needs you to enter your phone number to sync your contacts, hence, facilitating easy conversations with friends or family. In addition to video or audio calling and text messages, you can also call on a landline number via Viber for a nominal fee. This is a much-welcomed break from the exorbitant international calling plan you may otherwise have to settle for.

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