If you’re a college student, the best part of your year is quickly approaching: spring break, baby!
Your goal? To have as much fun as you can.
But you know what can quickly put a damper on that fun? Worrying about money. While you could always figure out a way to earn money during spring break, another strategy is to simply keep your costs as low as possible.
Put your money concerns aside and save money on spring break with these 21 apps:
Apps to Save Money on Transportation
- Hopper: Buy your flight now? Or wait? This new app takes the guessing game out of when to purchase tickets by analyzing billions of flights and telling you whether the price is likely to go up or down.
- GasBuddy: Driving to your destination? Don’t leave home without this app. It lists the cost of gas at nearby stations so you can easily find the best deal. (Want other options? Check out this list of apps that help you find cheap gas.)
- RideScout: Once you arrive at your destination, you still need a cheap way to get around; this app shows all of your transportation options in one easy view. Though it’s not available nationwide yet, it does feature spring break hot spots like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach and San Diego.
- Uber / 5. Lyft / 6. Sidecar: Instead of paying for a taxi, get a safe (and cheaper) ride home with one of these services.
- What3Words: Never get separated from your friends again. When you’re in a new city with unfamiliar landmarks, it can be tough to describe where you are to your companions — especially if you’ve had a few drinks. This app aims to change that by dividing the world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares.
Apps to Save Money on Accommodation
- Airbnb: If you’re traveling with a group of friends, renting a house with Airbnb is both economical and fun. With this app, you can find unique accommodations at great rates. And if your own place will be empty while you’re away, why not consider listing it on Airbnb and making some money while you’re partying?
- WeHostels: Hostels are one of the most budget-friendly accommodation options, and with this app, you have an easy way to book one of 50,000 hostels in 800 cities.
- Roomer: Want to book a hotel, but don’t want to pay hotel prices? Try Roomer. This innovative app allows you to book deeply-discounted hotel rooms from people who had to cancel their trips.
Apps to Save Money on Food & Drinks
- Happy Hours: One of the best ways to save money on food and drinks? Hitting up happy hour. But in an unfamiliar city, it’s hard to figure out where to go. Enter this app, which lists the times and specials of happy hours at nearby bars and restaurants.
- Drinking Buddy: Since the bar can get expensive, you probably want to spend a few nights drinking at home with your friends. Use this app to find the cheapest alcohol prices near you — whether they’re at a grocery store, liquor store or gas station. (Yes, budget beer and cheap wine can be delicious!)
- Drinkin’ Buddy: Don’t be fooled by this app’s similar name: it has a completely different (and important) function. It allows you to track your blood alcohol levels so you don’t over-imbibe — and your bill, so you don’t over-spend.
- Bitehunter: Why bother looking at just one deal site when you can search a bunch at the same time? This app aggregates thousands of discounts to find you the hottest deals offered at restaurants near you.
Apps to Save Money on Activities
- TUN Student Discounts: Embrace your student status. Use this app to help you find all of the student discounts available in your destination.
- Groupon: You probably subscribe to Groupon updates in your home city — but what about when you’re traveling? Though some of the discounts may only be available to local residents, you’re bound to find some great deals on tickets or activities in your destination.
- Boatbound: Want to get out on the water, but don’t have a boat? Try Boatbound, where owners lists boats you can rent for the day. (Think Airbnb for watercraft.)
Apps to Save Money on Everything Else
- Whatsapp: If you’re traveling internationally, this app is a must. Don’t get slammed by exorbitant international data charges and keep track of your friends by using this app to text over wifi.
- WifiFinder: You use a lot of data when you travel. Avoid going over your limit by connecting to wifi whenever possible; use this app to find hotspots near you. You can also download the locations offline, so you can find wifi without using any data at all.
- CostSplit: If you’re traveling in a group, figuring out who owes what can be a royal pain. This handy app does it for you, so nobody ends up unfairly paying more than their share. At the end of the trip, it’ll even email out a detailed report.
- WatchMe 911: You can’t put a price on your safety. This app has several features to give you (and your mom) peace of mind. Among other things, you can call 911 with two taps, text your GPS location and let your friends know when you’ve safely arrived home.
Don’t spend your entire college education fund on your spring break. Use these 21 apps to save money, be safe and have fun!
Your Turn: Which one of these is your favorite? Which did we miss?