Free up your summer to make room for terrific travel plans!
While freedom has several connotations, this guide touches them all. No money? No problem. Fortunately for you, some of the best things in life are free. So, pack your bags and get ready to save this summer, embracing wanderlust every step of the way.
Plan. Plan. Plan.
A little bit of planning goes a long way. We know you’ve heard it before, but make sure you book significant items in advance—such as airplane tickets, or anything else that could majorly impact your schedule. Oftentimes, a specific hotel or activity is the motivation for traveling, whether it’s a safari through the Maasai Mara, a hot air balloon ride above Bagan, or a night at the iconic Chateau Marmont—book these adventures in advance to get the best deals.
Work with a virtual travel agent—for free—using apps like Pana. Pana connects to your email and pieces together all of your bookings by generating a collaborative itinerary that reflects real-time updates. It’s like having a personal assistant in your pocket AND it can even check you into your flights automatically. Score.
Improve your en route experience by taking advantage of airports’ perks. If you’re in Singapore, you may stumble across a butterfly garden or movie theater as you transfer terminals. Regardless of where in the world you land, open up the Flio global airport app—it alleviates travel pains by combining several airport apps into one, from terminal maps to flight updates to restaurant waiting times. Flio also offers exclusive deals on airport food and VIP lounges, but our favorite feature is that it has hundreds of passwords for free public internet servers and automatically populates WiFi credentials. Once you’re within WiFi signal, Flio will prompt you to connect by simply tapping one button.
Flio also offers exclusive deals on airport food and VIP lounges, but our favorite feature is that it has hundreds of passwords for free public internet servers and automatically populates WiFi credentials. Once you’re within WiFi signal, Flio will prompt you to connect by simply tapping one button.
The aptly named Free WiFi app has locations and passwords to thousands of internet connections in 50 countries and counting. But what if a restaurant (or entire city) doesn’t have WiFi? Enter the SkyRoam Global Hotspot, a device perfect for dire or everyday circumstances. The SkyRoam lets you connect to the interwebs from anywhere in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa or Australia.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Dropped your phone? It happens. Use your phone freely with a Zagg screen protector. It’s made of fortified tempered glass and delivers unprecedented scratch protection. If you’re planning a particularly rugged adventure, go a step further and invest in phone insurance, easily purchased through your carrier.
In our humble opinion, the best dance moves require you to twist and shout. Free yourself from wires and easily connect your phone to Wireless Headphones. Trust us, it’s a good move.
Exploring new territory? Listen to a PocketGuide while keeping your phone zipped in a safe pocket, or free to snap pictures.
Rent a car because when you’re in the driver seat, you’ll have complete freedom to call all the shots on your getaway. Plus, you can cover more ground on the cheap by using an app like Turo to find affordable, reliable cars. Turo lets you pick from over 800 models—will you be zooming through Zion? Maybe a Mustang fits the bill. Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway? A Maserati Ghibli is only $108 per day.
Expert tip: if you’d like to offset your travel costs, consider using Turo to rent out your vehicle while you’re away.
For all the outgoing travelers out there, consider sleeping on someone’s couch for free. The Couchsurfer app and website help travelers save money, make friends, and includes reviews about verified hosts for safety. Another cheap alternative is to book a room through HostelWorld, where private rooms start at $20 per night.
As you travel near and far, we hope this roundup will help you live freely this summer and all year long. Magic happens when freedom and travel collide.
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.