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Top Travel Apps for Solo Travelers

Top Travel Apps for Solo Travelers

The all-inclusive type of travel which you buy from a tour operator is a cool thing – you have everything planned and ordered for you. Basically, all you need to do is relax and enjoy all the activities you are offered. But, every tourist knows that you will only feel (and become) a real traveler when you go somewhere on your own and plan everything by yourself, and everything usually includes your tickets, dwelling, eating, and sightseeing.

Those who do it on their own at least once get hooked immediately, promising to never buy a premade tour again. Are you ready for the risk of becoming a travel junkie? If so, read on about the best apps for successful solo travel.

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Hopper

If you want to save some cash on airfare (well, who doesn’t?), be sure to install Hopper. Its mechanism is simple – it analyzes billions of airfares and companies on the daily basis, catching the optimal time for buying your tickets to basically anywhere. Have a specific flight destination? Use the “Watch a Flight” option to catch the lowest price for it.
If you don’t have a specific date for your travel, there is a color-coded calendar of Hopper you will definitely enjoy – it shows the cheapest dates of the month.

Travel List

Even those who are not newbies to packing for a trip forget essentials from time to time. And, if you are not one of those people who only travel with their ID, phone charger, and credit card, buying everything on the go, Travel List will be pretty helpful here. There are calendar features and reminders for the stuff you pack last-minute – ensuring you have everything for a comfortable trip.

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Airbnb

If you’re looking to find a site with more listings than Airbnb does, you will have some serious troubles. Airbnb has more than 1 million offerings to choose from, and you can literally find whatever you want or need – vans, castles, a bed in someone’s apartment, or a whole guesthouse for your own use. It’s not quite as simple as booking a hotel, but you will definitely have a much more personal experience in your search.

Foodspotting

Getting to your destination is the half of the task – you still have to eat something in order to stay alive and full of strength for sightseeing. Foodspotting will help you find any food in local restaurants – literally any food. There’s absolutely no need to head for McDonalds. Try the local food instead (if you are somewhere exotic) – just be mindful of sanitation and understand that having stomach troubles while traveling is somewhat expected!

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Google Translate

As simple as it is, if you travel somewhere that they don’t really understand your language, the “conversation mode” of Google Translate’s app can make your interactions with locals much more understandable. Be sure to adjust the lag time and prepare for some silly translations. Throwing in some hand gestures can make for a perfect communication strategy.

TripIt

This small and handy app will be indispensable for those who don’t want to get lost in all the confirmations and itinerary details. The TripIt app will scan all your letters and convert the info drawn from there into a simple and convenient trip itinerary that connects to your calendar.

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TripAdvisor

For those who don’t want to have unpleasant surprises along the way, TripAdvisor will be a huge help in choosing everything from hotels and hostels to bars and other places. The app gives you ranks and reviews from other travelers who’ve already been to where you plan to go. These will help you to make the right choices. They also have an offline city guide to use – this does not require an internet connection and you will know everything you need, no matter where you go.

Localeur

This sightseeing app is a good companion to the previous app, and here is why: there are plenty of popular and famous sights that distract people from truly unique and authentic places. If you want to feel what locals feel, use Localeur and you will get tips from those who really know it all. The list of cities available is growing every day.

CityMaps2Go

Navigation troubles will not bother you with this one. Having maps for the top travel cities, like New York, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and others, allows you to pin all your locations and sights into a personal route. There is an offline options for those who hate running around the city looking for a decent WiFi signal.

Featured photo credit: The lone traveler/ Noelle Buske via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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