As I begin my little annual Cape May shore vacation I wonder to myself should this little technology blog take a vacation as well. Sadly for me I sit on my porch watching it rain so there is some time to spend with you, my dedicated readers.
There are a couple of cool apps that can help you plan your next vacation. For me I have not used these extensively because Mrs. Mann is kind of a walking – talking vacation planner. For those of you who are not quite so lucky give these apps a whirl if you need help planning your next vacation. Mrs. Mann always asks me, “What would you do without me?”. Well one of the first things would probably be to get to know one of these 3 apps!
Sometimes you know where you want to go, but you don’t know when. Not sure when the best time is to visit Hawaii? Then Hopper is the right app for you. Type in your desired destination and the app shows you a color-coded calendar which indicates when flights are the cheapest. Green means you’re getting a good deal and red means you’re paying the max. If you want to go from San Francisco to Hawaii, you’ll save $100 by going in September.
You can also set up price alerts and get notified when fares are coming down. Store your passenger and payment info, so you can book as soon as the flight fits your budget. The app is free and available on both the iPhone and Android.
If its city guides you are looking for check out Musement which sports a sleek design and a commitment to showing you how the locals live. The app highlights New York’s best rooftop bars or where to get the city’s best hot dogs. Musement also makes it easy to sort what’s nearby and open right now.
The app incorporates Foursquare recommendations and has venue contact information integrated into each entry. You can also book event tickets, such as concerts, directly through the app. Musement is free and available on both the iPhone and Android.
If hiking and hang gliding is more your speed, check out The Outbound for planning an outdoor adventure. The Outbound makes it easy to search for places to go surfing, backpacking, mountain biking and more. Search by city and see suggested trails with photos and information about the route.
The Outbound provides tips for each activity, tells you what time of year to go, and reminds you about what you need to pack.
Well there you go – so even of you do not have a vacation planning spouse – one of these apps will probably do the trick for you.