1. Sonder sounds like a dream for folks who are stuck in that tough spot where they don't wanna shell out for a hotel but refuse to start a wash with towels before they check out of another Airbnb.
2. Trainline sorts out all the train options and tickets for ya while in Europe and Asia (or at least 45 countries total within those places).
3. Omio compares transportation option prices (think trains, planes, ferries) to help you get to where you're going without wasting valuable sightseeing (or lying-in-bed-watching-TikTok) time.
4. The Find My app + an Apple AirTag for each piece of your luggage gives you some serious peace of mind — because sometimes Lufthansa leaves your bag in Frankfurt instead of putting it on the plane with you back to Newark. It'll also come in handy to have (digital) eyes on your bags while you're out sightseeing.
Storytime: After traveling last summer carry-on only, and being a person who tries to carry on whenever possible, I finally bought a couple of Apple AirTags during Black Friday sales. And I am SO grateful I did. My normal carry-on bag was too big to fit the Lufthansa luggage requirements (and BOY, do they check that!), so I had to check my bags for a December 2022 trip to Vienna and back from Prague (with a layover in Frankfurt). My bag didn't make it onto the plane in Frankfurt, and once I landed in Newark, New Jersey, I pulled up the app on my phone and saw that yes, my backpack AirTag was indeed with me, but my suitcase AirTag was still in Germany. (The screen grab is from an Amazon review, but you get the gist.) The AirTag also helped me track FedEx's delivery of the suitcase to my parents' house, where I was spending the holidays immediately after my Europe trip ended. I was even able to see it on a highway less than an hour's drive from my parents' house. TL;DR: I think AirTags are very much a worthwhile investment if you travel a few times a year. And I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Promising review: "I bought a pair of these AirTags for a trip to France, and I’m so glad I did! First of all, the setup is super easy. I had zero problems, and both were done in, like, five minutes. I put one in my purse and one in my suitcase. On the way back home, the airline lost my luggage. Checked the Find My Friends app where the AirTag is tracked, and I could see that it never left the Charles de Gaulle airport. I felt more assurance being able to track my bag through the app as it made its way across the world back to me. 10/10 would recommend!" —Lindsay Kirby
5. Hotwire Hot Rates (which show up in red while you search the travel booking site) narrow down some solid discounts on your next vacation. Just note that they're often nonrefundable.
6. A membership to Going (formerly Scott's Cheap Flights) reverse engineers when/where you'll go thanks to info on the best flight deals. There are two levels of membership, both of which entail *several* daily emails tailored to your "home" airport with priced-out deals and time windows they're available.
Premium members receive airlines' mistake fares from all their departure airports (up to 10). And Elite members receive the same for every single mistake fare Scott's Cheap Flights finds. Additionally, Elite members can refine results for fare classes. So if you absolutely refuse to sit in Economy (good for you, I'll sit wherever on a plane), you won't receive alerts for Economy deals as an Elite member.
"I have booked many a spontaneous flight thanks to Going! Back in 2018, I scored my first success: a nonstop flight from JFK to Paris Charles de Gaulle for $276 :::insert pause for you to pick up your jaw::: TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX FREAKING DOLLARS. Since then, I've been hooked and used them to score incredible fares to London and Barcelona, as well." —Chelsea