Diversity Woman Magazine

FAL 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 73 BY SARA J. WELCH Y ou use your phone to check the weather, read Yelp reviews of res- taurants, navigate with Google Maps, and get rides from Lyft or Uber. You probably know about Airbnb, even if you haven't tried it. But these are just the low-hanging fruit of travel apps. Did you know there are other apps that can save you time and money on the road, help you meet locals, and even remind you to pack your slippers? Best of all, they're free! Read on to learn more. Skyscanner, Kayak, and Hopper ese apps use data from various travel sites to help you choose the best options for flights, hotels, and rental cars, and often have exclusive deals you won't find on other sites. See the cheapest dates to fly, get alerts when prices go down, and browse deals from specific airports to help you decide where to go. Hopper is especially helpful for budget travelers— its "push" notifications alerting you when to buy your tickets can save you up to 40 percent on your next flight, the company claims. PackPoint Tell this app where and when you're going, how many nights you're staying, and whether it's for business or leisure, and PackPoint will check the forecast in that location and create a list of every- thing you might need to bring, including easy-to-forget items like earplugs and an eye mask. For international trips, it even reminds you to bring vaccination records, local currency, and power adapters. Check off each item as you pack it and swipe to remove any you don't need. TripIt Like an automated travel agent, this app organizes all the details of your trip. Just forward the email confirmations for your flights, hotel room, rental car, and so on to plans@tripit.com, and TripIt will build an itinerary for you. It gives you a calendar view with a schedule for each day and provides directions. You can also search for local restaurants and activities and store all the information in one place. Guides by Lonely Planet Planning a trip to a city you've never visited? Download a free guide before you get there, and you won't have to use up data once you arrive. Brought to you by the folks behind the famous Lonely Planet backpacker guides, this app is chock-full of offbeat and low-cost suggestions for places to eat, sleep, shop, and sightsee in your city of choice. ere's a wide variety of guides available, including to places you may not have even heard of—like Chisinău (Moldova), Fukuoka (Japan), and Suva (Fiji). DW Life > Power Trip THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Beyond Google Maps ASK AN ACE: "For flights, I search first on Kayak or Skyscanner to get an idea of prices, but once I've decided to book, I actually prefer the official airline apps. Delta and United are two of my favorites, because if you have frequent flier awards or upgrades available, or if you just want a seat with more legroom, they let you manage all that right from your phone." –Kristy Hall, corporate travel consultant, ALTOUR, New York, NY

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