October 1, 2014

Five for Friday: Android apps for traveling on a budget

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Got some travel plans coming up this holiday season?  Of course you are; you’ve got family spread all over the globe and you’re the type of person to who loves to visit them all.  Our next question is, what are you doing to save on your expenses?  You’ve got an Android device and there’s oodles of apps that will help keep costs down, so take advantage of it.

Today’s list of apps is geared toward helping users save on travel expenses both before and during the trip.  Yeah, we know there’s a myriad of other apps out there but we can’t call it a Five for Friday if we list them all.   To that end, we ask that you tellus your favorite apps for buying and selling stuff from around the house.

Special thanks this week to Falguni Bhuta for putting together the guest list.  We certainly appreciate the help and really do think this is a well-rounded list of titles.

This week: Android apps for traveling on a budget

Room 77

Room 77 is the only hotel booking app that finds the lowest rates on 200,000+ hotels worldwide. Plus, we’ve got the inside scoop on thousands of hotels and a free Room Concierge service that gets you into a better room. It’s easier than ever to save big AND get a great room.

Scope out the sleeping arrangements - Room 77 finds the lowest rates on more than 130,000 hotels worldwide. A nice feature is that they also get the inside scoop on hotels, which gets you into a better room, too. (Cost: Free)

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Stay.com

The entire city in your pocket! Find the best places to go on your offline map. Create social travel guides with your friends, and discover the most exciting places to visit in over 120 cities! Avoid roaming charges with offline maps. As featured in TIME, Forbes, Techcrunch, and New York Times’ travel section.

Stay.com lets you create your own travel guide for sights, restaurants, bars and hotels in hundreds of cities worldwide, based on expert suggestions, as well as recommendations from your friends. Stay.com allows you to have your guides and entire city maps offline with a quick download – so you don’t have to spend a dime on international roaming charges when you access them offline later. (Cost: Free)

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Opera Mini

Opera’s fastest mobile browser that can save you money on data. Totally free. Try the world’s fastest Android browser!  FAST: Opera’s speed and efficient controls put it ahead of all other browsers. EASY: Surf the web on your mobile as easily as on a desktop computer. SAVE MONEY: Reduce data costs by up to 90% with our unique compression technology.  And it’s completely free to install and use.

The Opera Mini mobile browser makes your web browsing a lot faster – especially on a slow network – because it shrinks webpages, so your phone processes as little as 10 percent of what you see on your screen. This translates into cost savings, especially while roaming internationally, and less processing means battery savings. (Cost: Free)

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Trapster

Trapster, your mobile phone alerts you as you approach police speed traps!  Trapster is a free app that alerts you as you approach speed traps, red light/speed cameras, accidents, and other roadway hazards. Join the world’s largest drivers network, with over 16.5 million users worldwide!

If you’re driving, Trapster alerts you to speed traps, red light and speed cameras, accidents and other roadway hazards. This is truly useful when you are driving in uncharted territory. Think about all the money you are saving on avoided tickets that you can now spend on your travel adventures. (Cost: Free)

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WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. First year FREE! ($0.99/year after)

WhatsApp is a useful app for international travelers to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as domestic travelers who don’t have unlimited texting plans. This messaging app lets you message others on WhatsApp as much as you want, plus include photos, audio notes and videos within your conversations. You need to be on a Wi-Fi or 3G/EDGE connection to send and receive messages. (Cost: $0.99)

[download_link link="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" variation="hotpink" target="blank"]Download WhatsApp Messenger[/download_link]

Your turn!

What’s your favorite Android for traveling on a budget or saving a few bucks when out and about? Is it one of the five we picked?  What do you like most about it?  Leave a comment below and share with the class!

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