Six MUST HAVE Apps For Millennial Travellers

save money on flights and accommodation

As a millennial traveler myself, I know there are two things I want to do when I'm on holiday: save money and stay safe. Especially in the era of solo female travel and digital nomad lifestyles, safety and budget have never been higher on the list of 'travel must-haves'.

Thanks to the fast uptake in the trend, there are a lot of great app developers out there working to get the world at our fingertips. Here, I've compiled a list of six apps that make budget travel easy, safe and uncomplicated. I've categorized them so you can skip through to the things that are important for you - such as how to find cheap flights and how to travel on a budget.



Cheap flights and accommodation for budget travelers


CouchSurfing

I found this one while searching "how to travel for free" because that's just the kind of person I am. Couch surfing is a little bit like Air BNB meets Tinder - except it's not for romantic purposes, nor is it for finding rentals. 

They explain it best themselves in their App Store description.

"Couchsurfing is the best way to stay with amazing locals, make lifelong travel friends, or host travelers coming to your hometown. Over 12 million travel enthusiasts use Couchsurfing in more than 230,000 cities around the world. The best part? The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging. It is based on the idea that people are generally kind."

So if you're a millennial traveler who relies heavily on their phone and loves using technology, then this app really kicks the phrase 'budget travel' up a notch. Budget accommodation for cheap travel trips doesn't get any better than free.




Skiplagged

Available as a website or a phone app, Skiplagged skims through all of the available flights to make up combinations that end up being as cheap as possible for travelers. 

Whether it's a flight with layovers that takes you to a different flight or a hidden flight that a website hasn't advertised - Skiplagged will find the cheapest option for anyone who has a little extra time up their sleeve. 

As a matter of fact, Skiplagged makes traveling so cheap that United Airlines tried to sue them. And lost. Here's what Skiplagged have to say on their website:

"Our unique algorithm shows the cheapest regular flights and hidden-city flights faster than any other site. Hidden-city flights refer to itineraries with multiple legs where the traveler exits prior to the final destination. As an example, a traveler who wants to go to San Francisco from New York would book a flight that is ticketed for NYC -> San Fran -> Seattle and end their travel once they arrive in San Fran and skip the leg to Seattle. This results in savings of up to 80% using Skiplagged."

So if you want to know how to get the cheapest flights, and how to travel on the cheap as a millennial, this is probably a goldmine for you.





Hopper Airfares is another way to get cheap flights and inexpensive accommodation for budget travelers, except this time they predict airfares up to a year in advance to help you choose when the cheapest time to travel to your dream destination will be. 

In their own words from the App Store:

"Hopper predicts prices and helps you book your flights and hotels at the right time, saving you up to 40%"

If you're not limited to time constraints, or you're able to take work off far in advance, you'll find the best time of year for budget travel on Hopper.




Best safety apps for millennial or solo travelers



ICE

In any case, ICE stands for 'in case of emergency' and as much as we don't like to think about it, an emergency is something that you have to be prepared for. 

While having your emergency contacts on your phone saved under 'ICE' is a great way to stay safe while traveling, it's only really helpful if someone finds and unlocks your phone. By that time, well yeah as I said, we don't like to talk about it. 

So, what does ICE actually do for us? Here's their App Store description:

"ICE Contact is a free personal safety app that delivers instant & delayed messages In Case of Emergency (ICE). This App provides peace of mind for every situation and can help save your life.

1. CREATE MESSAGE
Choose a friend or family member and tell them how they can help In Case of Emergency. (You can include a picture or enable GPS Tracking*.)

2. SEND MESSAGE ANYTIME
Send an Instant Message for emergencies OR create a Delayed Message and we’ll deliver it anytime you want. (You’ll receive a reminder before it’s sent.)

3. MESSAGE DELIVERED
Messages are delivered via In-App Notification, Email or Text. Even if your phone dies or loses service. (ICE Contacts do not need the App to receive messages.)"

I personally think the fact that this app sends messages even without service or battery is one of the best features to have been invented, and if your phone is on, the GPS tracking is really helpful in getting you out of a tricky situation - like being lost in a brand new city.






Travel Safe has been winning travel app awards ever since its invention, and its no question as to why. This savvy little app contains all of the emergency contact details, embassy details and more of the places you're traveling. 

Most of the features are also available without an internet connection, so you're able to search no matter where you are. A really helpful app to have on hand and stay safe!

There is a free version and a paid version of this app, and I think this review gives the most insight into which one is right for you.


Things to do on a budget holiday

Event Seeker

Event Seeker is a bit like the Google of the event world. Okay sure, Google pretty much has everything covered search wise so if you're a little bit hesitant to switch then I totally get it. It's the integrations and the exclusive offers that Event Seeker offers that really puts it a cut above the rest of the event search sites. 


"We are the event search engine in the world! We keep our hand on the pulse of all types of events — Concerts, comedy, sports, festivals, you name it — so you always know when the next show is coming your way. Eventseeker is the premier source for event, artist and ticketing information available anywhere, gathered from worldwide ticketing partners, in-house research, and the insight of local contributors around the world. We bring relevant and exclusive content to our audience who are culturally-conscious event-goers and who are in the thousands and growing."

So, if you're looking for something to do in a new city or country, or if you're looking to book tickets to something in advance - eventseeker probably has what you're looking for. 

It even has a list of free events, so if you're a budget traveler you'll never be bored around these parts.


So, there are my top six apps that make traveling cheap, easy and most of all - safe!
Even if you've got a big budget - there's no reason to blow it. Extend your trip with your money saved and get on board these great travel apps today.



Until next time,

Rosa



2 comments

  1. I haven't tried any of these apps except CouchSurfing. I would love to try those apps you have mentioned. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. I am not a Millenial but am a travel enthusiast. I am excited to try out the app Skiplagged. Thanks for the tip!

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