If you love Bushwick, Brooklyn, you are going to love Rome's off-the-beaten track neighborhood, the Pigneto:
We all know that while traveling is great fun, packing and organizing the trip isn't! These apps will help streamline that process:
You'll love this app if you travel a lot and need info about restaurants, stores, lounges and Wi-Fi in various gates at whatever airport you are in! You can also forward the information about your trip to TripIt or Kayak accounts through this app.
This is an itinerary organizer, and also a travel cheerleader: it will count down the days to your trip! It also provides useful maps, local weather, and hotel checkout times.
TripIt (free or $49/yr for Pro)
This is a great app that will organize all the confirmations that you get from car rental companies, hotels, airlines, restaurant booking services. The app itself will import all of these (or you can forward them) and then create a travel itinerary that even color codes all the information. And best of all, there are no ads to sift through. You have the itinerary available to you on whatever device you want to view it--- smartphone, tablet, computer (calendar and internet). My mom is happy that I can share this itinerary with her too!
If you upgrade to Pro you can even get text alerts about flight delays, or gate changes, and you can keep track of your frequent flyer miles.
WorldMate (free $3.99 for gold version)
If your travel is international, you'll find this app helpful because not only does it create an itinerary for you but it also gives you a currency converter and a tip calculator. You can use it on your mobile device or on the web.
Here are some websites and apps to help you find great last-minute deals on hotels:
Hotel Tonite is so convenient; you can do everything on your phone, show up at the hotel and just get your keys at any time!
Priceline will give you info on the hotel including amenities and bed type. They'll also give you the room rate so you don't need to bid.
Priceline's mobile app will help you find a hotel and winning rates in a particular zone.
With Hot Rate hotels you are allowed to see the price and the amenities of a hotel but not the name of the hotel until after you book it.
Quikbook's Secret Sale Hotels is especially good for major cities like New York and Los Angeles.
Travelocity's Top Secret Hotels
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