From creating an itinerary to snagging deals on dinner, use these travel tools for a wallet-friendly getaway!

Getaways help us relieve stress, improve our productivity, and provide much needed family bonding time — but with traveling costs on the rise, they can be difficult to justify. These tools will help you plan your next weekend getaway or family vacation for less.

Get Organized:

Evernote

Make a packing list, create an itinerary, and organize your confirmation emails with Evernote. It’s an excellent way to satisfy your travel note-taking needs, especially with scanning technology that imports hand-written notes.

Google Translate

No time to learn a new language? Google’s best kept secret is their offline translation service. Download a language through their app and take it with you for quick translations abroad. You can even translate signs instantly with your smartphone camera.

Fly for Less:

Google Flights

If you’re flexible with your travel dates, you have the luxury of using Google Flights to find the most affordable ticket to your destination. Their interface is simple and the results are speedy. You can’t go wrong with this essential free service.

Find a Hotel:

Airbnb

Airbnb is a service that allows approved property owners to rent out their private spaces to travellers. If you’re looking to save money on accommodations, it’s often a more affordable alternative to traditional hotels. We recommend reading the fine print carefully though, as some offerings may be a shared space, or demand additional fees for cleaning and key exchanges.

Hotwire

Last minute travellers can save big bucks on hotel bookings through Hotwire. You won’t know which hotel you’re staying in until you pay, but you will know the neighbourhood and star rating.

Make it a Cruise:

VacationsToGo

Cruises are famous for world-class entertainment, luxury dining, and sky-high ticket prices. We recommend subscribing to VacationsToGo for up to 80% off some of the most popular cruise lines in the world. The cost is even more justifiable knowing that your meals are included.

Save on Food and Local Attractions:

TripAdvisor App

This offline resource offers in-depth city guides to over 300 destinations. It’s our favourite way to find must-see attractions and popular restaurants.

Groupon

Meals and activities can be a huge vacation expense. Visit Groupon to see if the city you’ll be visiting has any special deals that catch your eye. Dinners and attractions are commonly available for more than 50% off.

TravelZoo

Over 28 million people have used TravelZoo for gigantic savings on popular restaurants and attractions around the world. It’s also a great way to discover your destination’s hotspots.

Recap:

With these tools, you’ll be ready to plan your next vacation at the best possible price. With savings on food and attractions, you’ll see more, do more, and eat well.

If you have any tips that you think our guide is missing, we’d love to hear them! Be sure to tweet us at @AffirmFinancial!