The New Year means new holidays, especially when we’re still stuck in frosty winter and dreaming of some sunshine! But knowing where to go and how to plan can get pretty overwhelming – especially when you want to get the most out of your precious annual leave.
Fortunately, the phone in your pocket has all the answers. There are loads of great apps out there that can help you find the ideal holiday based on your preferences and budget, so the stress doesn’t need to start until you’re running through the airport trying to find your gate!
Check out these 10 apps to help take care of the holiday plans:
Hopper specialises in cheap flights, but it covers hotels and car rentals too. It analyses billions of flights to find the best deals and predicts when prices will be lowest. It’ll even let you freeze prices for later booking. You can also set up alerts for the flights you're interested in, so you know when to book.
Skyscanner has become a favourite in recent years as it’s great at finding the cheapest flights, no matter where you want to go. It searches the market for you and shows you the lowest prices available, making it easy to find the best deals. You can also set up alerts for specific routes, so you'll be notified when the prices change.
If you’re planning to spoil yourself or a loved one, Secret Escapes is a must-have app. It will take you away to des res spots in places like Tuscany and Sardinia. You can even filter by Spa breaks, Family friendly or even Romantic trips. Let the bubbly flow!
TripAdvisor is a must-have app for anyone looking to plan a holiday. It has over 860 million reviews and opinions from other travellers, making it easy to find recommendations for hotels, restaurants and things to do. You can even use the "Near Me Now" feature to find must-see spots close to your current location
There are plenty of apps that can help you book a flight, but working out how to get from one city to another in a foreign country can be tough – especially if you don’t speak the language. Rome2rio is an app that helps you plan your travel itinerary. It shows you the best ways to get from one place to another, whether it's by plane, train, bus or car. You can also see the estimated travel time and cost for each option.
Expedia is an all-in-one app for booking flights, hotels, car rentals and activities. You can easily compare prices and get the best deals for your trip. The app also offers exclusive discounts and rewards when you roll all of your bookings into one – flight + hotel for example.
Looking to make a difference this year? If you fancy doing a bit more than lying on a beach with a book, Worldpackers is all about finding volunteer experiences all over the world. From NGOs in Africa to an Eco project in Brazil, you’ll exchange your helping hands for accommodation and other benefits. It’ll be a be an experience you never forget!
Kayak is another great app for planning and booking your next holiday. It searches hundreds of travel sites to find the best deals on flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages. You can also set up alerts for when you want to go, so you'll always be up to date on the latest deals.
Airbnb is a popular app for booking unique vacation rentals, such as apartments, houses and cottages. With options ranging from budget-friendly to luxury, you'll find something that fits your pocket. Plus, you can enjoy an authentic travel experience by skipping the chain hotels and staying in a local neighbourhood.
Booking.com is an app that makes it easy to book hotels and accommodations around the world. With over 28 million listings, you'll easily find a top hotel at a competitive price. You can also filter your search results based on everything from double rooms to hotel facilities. Great for some pampering!
This month we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a £100 Currys gift voucher.
To enter, simply let us know where you plan to go on holiday this year. If you’ve not got one planned, just comment with your ideal holiday destination.
Entries close at 23:59 on 19th February 2024. Winners are chosen at random, and we'll announce the lucky iD community member shortly after.
We’ll notify the winner by direct message here on the Community, so please keep an eye on your inbox.