They say hindsight is 20/20—and in hindsight, we wish we had traveled more last summer. Blue skies and balmy breezes inspire spontaneity, bringing out the best in people and places. This year, we’ve rounded up our favorite tech gadgets and travel apps…use them to make the most of the sweetest season of the year.
Cure the Mondays
Did you know: the best airfare deals are typically found between Monday and Wednesday? Scoring a cheap flight is the ultimate cure for the Monday blues—the Hopper app compares travel dates and deals, finding the absolute cheapest weekend to travel to Cabo San Lucas (while also comparing fares to Puerto Vallarta and other similar destinations.
Ditch your usual routine by booking a flight instead of a yoga class! If you’re open minded about where you’re going, the Fareness app and website are wonderful for scoring last-minute round-trip weekend deals. Fareness compares weekend airfares; for example, flying from Chicago to New Orleans for four days would be only $93 this weekend, which is 67% cheaper than taking the same trip in July.
Prepare for takeoff
Whether your trip was planned six months or six seconds ago, use the PackPoint app to ensure you pack accordingly. PackPoint asks where and when you’re traveling, whether the trip is for business or for leisure, and what type of activities you’ll be doing—from camping to working out to swimming. The app syncs with the local weather report and generates a packing list, which you can check off and share with others.
Head for the Hills
Before you head for the hills, make sure you have the All Trails app to navigate the great outdoors, and the Spotify and Dash Radio apps for campsite tunes to play on your all-weather Nyne speakers. Dash Radio is ideal for effortless listening since the free (and ad-free!) stations are curated by top musicians and DJs—we love the Backyard BBQ and 70’s stations for summer nights.
Head north! In Los Angeles the sun sets at 8:00 PM, versus in Stockholm where it sets closer to midnight—so many more hours for activities! Scandinavia’s cool cousin Iceland is also massively popular, consistently topping “best places to travel” lists. If you’re only in Iceland for a weekend, head to the Blue Lagoon and explore Reykjavik via the Hreyfill App, Iceland’s version of Uber. If you have a few more days, we recommend renting a car, using MAPS.ME for offline navigation, and this guide to find the best hidden hot springs.
Embrace the Staycay
One of the best parts about traveling is making new friends—and friendships become even sweeter when you get to show them around your home! Use the TimeOut app to see what’s hip and happening in your city. Maybe’s there’s a jazz fest at the waterfront, a farmer’s market downtown, or a drive-in screening of Dirty Dancing. If you’re heading to a movie or a concert, stay comfortable with a Fatboy lounge chair (essentially a ginormous inflatable lounge chair) or a Travel Chair (the classic foldable stool).
Winter is for hibernating—summer is for exploring. Make the most of the longer days by spending them somewhere new. Whether your happy place is domestic or international, a boutique hotel or a cabin, a beach or a mountain. . . it’s currently drenched Vitamin D, and awaiting your arrival.
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.