There are all kinds of tools and tech gadgets out there for traveling and I will tell you about more and more of them the longer you get to know me. But today, let’s chat about one of my favorite travel apps for iPhone. Most people know Kayak and their “search one and done” tagline for finding hotels and flights. But did you know about my favorite (lesser known) feature called “Explore the World”? IT IS AWESOME! Basically, it let’s you set your parameters and then it tells you where in the world you can travel on your budget.
Let Me Show You How It Works!
In your App Store, search for “Kayak” and then download the app with this little logo.
Once you open the app, go to the bottom and click on “Explore the World” (depending on your screen size you may have to scroll down to get to it).
Give it a second and the app will autopopulate a world map with a little blue dot representing every “good” fare currently available. Zoom in on any area in the world and those blue dots will turn into clickable price tags showing the fare and date that the app has found. OR set yourself some parameters and narrow down your options by tapping one of the icons in the black banner at the top of the screen.
There are six icons you can use to adjust your parameters for your trip. In order across the bar at the top:
1. The Airplane icon lets you change your home airport, the number of days you have available for vacation and duration of your flight.
2. The Calendar icon lets you change the month you are available for travel.
3. The Dollar Sign icon allows you to control your budget.
4. The Sunshine icon allows you to choose what kind of climate you prefer.
5. The Flag icon lets you choose the kind of activities you prefer to engage in while traveling.
6. The Globe icon allows you to narrow your search to a specific geographic region.
Once your parameters are set, the map will populate again with the best options available within your parameters. Click on a fare price to see available travel dates for your location and book a ticket. It’s that simple!
Anyone who is indecisive about where they want to travel will love this app. Likewise, if you have more flexibility in your calendar than your budget, this tool is a must have. If you are just trying to get a realistic idea of the price of flights or figure out when is the best time to vacation in your dream location, then this app is for you. Kayak really is one of the best travel apps for iPhone but I know there are lots of others out there. What travel apps do you love? Oh, and if you’re currently thinking “even if I do get a great deal on a flight I will never be able to afford it” then you need to go check out my post about How to Save Money for Travel!
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