TODAY | August 27, 2012
>>> this morning on "today's" travel the top apps and websites to help you pack your bags and go. sonia, a travel expert and host of the internet travel show, sonia's travels. good to see you.
>> good morning.
>> a different age of travel with all these apps.
>> a much better age now. everything is easier and you can really get the most out of your travels now.
>> i know you've got a lot of different apps now that have worked for you that you really recommend. let's get right to it. the first one you like is air b & b .
>> that's a website and app. before i get into how it works, if you're traveling for more than two days or more than two people, getting an apartment, renting an apartment might be a good choice. not only can it be more cost effective, it's also comfortable. it's nice to have a kitchen, do the laundry. plus the extra is that getting to do the normal every day life things like figuring out how to take out the trash or where to buy great bread really gives you a hands on for local life.
>> get a feel for this place.
>> air b & b is a good place, a beautiful site, easy to navigate, filter your requirements however you wish. they have all sorts of combinations. anywhere from tiny apartments for one night to a castle for a week.
>> sounds pretty nice. another apps you like is jet setters. a website.
>> a website and app. i love jet setters. thank you, jet setter . they are a members only website. no problem, the membership is free. the great thing about it is they have flash sales. they offer hotels or tours or houses. as a member, you get an e-mail. it tells you until when that sale is going on. the sale can be 50% of the original price. aside from that, they also have a whole range of hotels and the good thing about jet setter , it's cure ated.
>> hotels decrease, why do you like it?
>> another choice for hotels, different from jet setter . they only have hotels. it's cure ated, meets standards, easy to use. they have a membership of $195 a year. if you travel a lot it might be a good option because, well, it gives you some perks. free wi-fi, breakfast, late checkout and sometimes even transportation from the airport.
>> now let's say we're on our trip. you like pocketearth.com for gps, a good map system.
>> it's an app. that's an app only. before i get into apps, if you're going to travel overseas i definitely would recommend getting a data plan if you have a smartphone just so that you're not freaking out about what your bill is going to be when cow back. a data plan, international data plan for just one month and it will be anywhere from $25 and up.
>> that's good advice. you don't have to worry about that.
>> this app is my new favorite app because it's easy to read. you buy the app once. there's a free option. they have thousands and thousands of maps. i was just in london, so i downloaded the map for london. then you can use it on the street without roaming. it's great.
>> last one i have time for itranslate. how much languages does it have, the main ones?
>> a lot of languages but over 20 languages they do thwith voice recognition. imagine doing this. you need to tell the cabdriver right. you grab your phone, press turn right, please. press play. give it to the cabdriver and the phone will say in japanese.
>> wow, got to love that.
>> got to love that.
>> easier than learning japanese. saw so much. great ideas. appreciate it.
>> thank you.