Top Travel App Innovations That Will Change The Way You Travel in 2014

Posted on December 9th 2013

Top Travel App Innovations That Will Change The Way You Travel in 2014

Travel Apps

When it comes to planning a vacation or quick weekend getaway, travelers have the option of using a variety of amazing new apps and websites to assist in the search for the best deals, destinations and more. From sites that find and compare the lowest airfares and last minute hotel accommodations, to apps that guide you through your travels and suggestions for restaurants and must-sees, startups are continuing to “wow” the online travel space with new ways to ease travel for consumers.

As technology continues to evolve the travel industry, these five apps will help you manage your weight on the road and help you travel with friends without stressing over email planning overload. 

Flights With Friends (www.FlightsWithFriends.com)

This website focuses on group travel, and makes it easier for flights and hotels for large groups (friends/family) to book their trip together by listing all travel options onto one page for all involved in the arrangement to see (this includes all flight hotel accommodation, car rental options, etc).

Roomer (www.RoomerTravel.com)

At any given moment, travel can often be unpredictable which can lead to altered plans and trip cancelations.  With this situation, travelers may find themselves paying for items they will not be using, i.e. a nonrefundable hotel room. Acting as the “stub-hub” for the hotel industry, Roomer allows travelers who are unable to use their hotel room, to list it on the website at a discounted pricegiving spontaneous travelers who are looking for a last minute deal, the opportunity to purchase the room. It’s a safe and effective travel solution for the seller as it reduces the cost of cancelling their hotel room, and for buyers, it offers hotel accommodations at a discounted price.

RouteHappy (www.RouteHappy.com)

This website allows for users to search for the “happiest” flight accommodations for them. After typing in travel dates and the destination, this website informs users of the airline and route that will make the travelers the “happiest.” Happy factors include flights that have larger seats, nicer planes, certain accommodations, entertainment and more.

MenuStat (www.MenuStat.org)

For those on vacation who are conscious about gaining a few extra pounds, MenuStat provides users with nutrition information on over 35,000 menu items, providing the sugar, fat and salt content at major restaurants around the country.

TripIt (www.TripIt.com)

This app is perfect for those travelers who want to organize their travel plans and itinerary into one place. Users can upload flight and hotel confirmations and store them into the app, as well as sync their own Google and iCould calendars.

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Layla Revis

Layla Revis

Layla Revis is a senior communications professional with over a decade of experience working with clients such as ABC, Discovery Networks, De Beers, Donna Karan, Lincoln Motor Company, and Lenovo. As Vice-President of Digital Strategy at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, she was the social media lead for the Government of Mexico and LG Home Electronics and Appliances, and has counseled clients that have included J.P. Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, United Healthcare, and The State Department.

She currently writes about digital trends for Mashable and The Huffington Post and has served as a speaker on risk mitigation/crisis communications for the United Nations (World Tourism Organization - Marsa Alam, Egypt 2012), Digital Innovation and Augmented Reality for IBM (Smarter Commerce), Hispanics in Social Media at The School of Visual Arts, and Social Advertising & the 2nd Screen for the Association of Advertising Agencies. Her specialties include: luxury marketing, consumer electronics/appliances, multicultural marketing and travel/tourism.

Revis began her career in media at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and in film production at Warner Brothers Studios. In addition to writing television screenplays and copy for MyNetwork (Fox), SoapNet (Disney), and Bravo, she has served as the Vice-President of Big Picture Group, a Hollywood-based advertising agency where she specialized in pitching, writing, and producing integrated marketing campaigns for clients such as E! Entertainment, Bravo, Discovery, History Channel, and Miramax. She has worked as a Writer, Editor, and Contributor to several publications and NGOs including: Amnesty International, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, GenArt, Teen Vogue, Town + Country, Surface Magazine, and Women for Women International - UK. In 2007, she went on to found two travel magazine blogs, JauntMagazine.com and Eco-Adventurer.com, to cover luxury and eco-travel for the modern adventurer. 

Revis was awarded a Distinction from The London School of Economics where she achieved a Masters of Science in New Media and International Development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature. 

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Comments

emarketing .
Posted on December 9th 2013 at 9:40AM

Thanks Layla for sharing such great insights.

The article would definitely help us to plan vacation in 2014.

Layla Revis
Posted on December 9th 2013 at 12:17PM

Thanks, Ajay! For flights, there's always Skyscanner for last minute travel (and Kayak, of course), along with HotelTonight and Airbnb, as well. With so many options in the market, it's hard to make up one's mind!

Marshall Crawford
Posted on December 9th 2013 at 1:23PM

These travel apps will definitely make my business trip a memorable experience,thanks for sharing! I am sure these apps work for us as a guide that helps us to travel a place which we do not know before.