Thanksgiving travel is synonymous with stress, delays, high prices and rarely a positive story. Queues at airport security, road congestion, long wait times at every turn and grossly inflated prices, even before you arrive at the annual family drama at the Turkey laden dinner table.

Obi has compiled a list of tips and tricks for the smart savvy traveler so you can arrive at your destination a little happier this year, a little less stressed and perhaps with a little more money left in your pocket to share.

Obi delved into its extensive datasets to provide unique insights for the savvy Thanksgiving traveler. What did we find? Well, we are being charged ridiculously different prices between Uber and Lyft (quite often for the exact same car and driver no doubt), Uber riders are the worst tippers in Manhattan and fares will increase over Thanksgiving at almost every major airport. Surprisingly however, rideshare travel is actually cheaper in a few airports. Enjoy our infographic below and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to read our essential tips and tricks for the savvy Thanksgiving traveler too.

It’s officially here. Time to break out the sunscreen, flip flops and swim shorts. The world is your Oyster for summer travel now that Covid-19 is hopefully a distant memory. But summer travel can have its challenges so we’ve put together a little check list to help you make the most of your precious travel days with some of the lesser known travel apps that will save you money, show you weird attractions and put the fun back into your summer.

Car Rentals

With a similar premise to Obi (perhaps that’s why we like it so much) Autoslash is dedicated to helping consumers save money on car rentals. https://www.autoslash.com/ . Autoslash constantly monitors prices of the major car rentals and will even search for discounted rates based on the types of credit cards you carry. Plus, you can set an alert with Autoslash to notify you in case of price drops. So you’ll be sure to get the cheapest car rental every time.

Hotel Savings

Another fun slashing app, also coincidentally related to Autoslash, is HotelSlash. It’s a subscription product but especially for the frequent traveler could well be worth it. Similar to their car rental product, it monitors hotels / cities that you select and tells you the best deals. According to their website: “HotelSlash is a member only travel service designed to assist travelers in obtaining lower rates on their hotel reservations. The service achieves this by continually searching for better rates, providing a form of price protection for customers. By accessing negotiated, members-only rates, HotelSlash is able to offer significant discounts on over 1.5 million properties worldwide.”

Lets Meet Halfway

This does exactly what it says on the tin, or page to be more precise. If you need to meet someone, this niche little site can help you meet them in the middle and point out good spots to meet nearby. It has a nice simple name too Whatshafway. https://www.whatshalfway.com/

Wi-Fi Maps

Finding a hotspot, especially if you don’t have roaming can always be challenging when traveling. Wi-Fi Maps helps you find free WiFi hotspots with an interactive map and offline mode. When using the offline mode, you’ll see a list of all the hotspots with passwords in your chosen area. You can also contribute to the app by sharing new hotspots in the places you visit.

Offbeat Attractions

Roadside America is a) obviously focused for the US audience and b) very cool at showing strange, wonderful and unusual attractions on your travels that the likes of Google Maps probably won’t highlight. There are many attractions to check out here, split into more than 70 themes, including music, tech, and more. As they say in their app description “Never miss a giant twine ball, quirky statue or odd museum”

Need to Go Potty?

It has happened to all of us. You’re in a strange country, had a few too many glasses of water, wine or beer and have the desperate urge to go. Well there is an app just for you. Flush Toilet Finder is the quickest, simplest way of finding a public bathroom or restroom. Simply open the app and it will display the nearest toilets to you. It’s free, no in-app purchases and has over 200,000 bathrooms in its database!

In Search of Vegan?

There’s a website / app called HappyCow that helps you with vegetarian or vegan dietary to eat during your travels. In addition to searching for the best restaurants nearby, you can also create a personal profile and actually find others to eat with who want to share some vegan delights.

Alternate Camping

Hipcamp helps you stay on private land, away from the hustle and bustle. It works with landowners so you can camp on private land with RV parks, tent camping, glamping, treehouses, or cabins. So if you like to stay somewhere most people haven’t even heard of, the Hipcamp app could help your dreams come true. It has 4.8 stars form over 19k reviews, so it sounds pretty awesome to us.

Storytelling Time

And now for some stories. Autio is a cool app that provides stories based on your location. It’s very different from the likes of Spotify and has none other than Kevin Costner as a co-founder. He’s even quoted on the site “Autio could be the biggest thing I’ve ever been a part of.” So make of that what you will. But Autio has 10,000+ stories and so when driving from city to city you can seamlessly glide to different stories based on your location. Worth checking out next time you travel.

Rideshare Must-Have

We couldn’t complete the list without a shout out to Obi. With nearly 300k users, Obi continues to grow every day as more and more people realize the benefits of comparing ride prices. Some little known facts:

  • Many drivers work for multiple companies, and so you can be quoted very different fares for EXACTLY the same driver and car. How does this make sense?
  • Ride prices can vary anywhere from 30-50% between providers and in fact Obi users save on average 30%. Especially for airport rides, that can be over $30 for just one ride.

Obi is 100% free – you just input your address and destination as normal and Obi shows you all taxis, rideshares and black cars in your area so you can always get the cheapest ride, whether you are in New York, London, Paris or Sydney. Available or iOS and Android at rideobi.com

We hope you enjoyed our little exploration of alternative summer travel apps that will make your summer a little more wonderful and hopefully a lot more incredible.

Team Obi.

So AI is all the rage these days. We asked a popular AI portal to write about the benefits of ridesharing. Let us know what you think!

Why Rideshare?

In this day and age there are still some who do not rideshare. So we wanted to remind ourselves of why it all started and where ridesharing is today.

Convenience

The convenience of rideshare services is a huge benefit to users. There’s no need to worry about parking, driving yourself and finding your way back home after a long day at work. You can be picked up and dropped off almost anywhere, so long as it’s within the service area of your chosen ride-hailing app.

Cost-Effective

The cost of rideshare services is often cheaper than owning a car, especially if you’re the only driver in your household. Rideshare services can save you money by eliminating the need for gas and parking fees. In addition, many rideshare companies offer discounts on your first few trips with them as well as coupons for future use.

Time-Saving

The first benefit of rideshare services is time-saving. When you use a rideshare, you don’t have to worry about traffic or navigation. You also don’t need to find a parking spot–the driver will drop you off at your destination and then go park the car somewhere else. This saves both time and money!

Safety

Rideshare services offer a number of safety features that make them safer than driving yourself.

  • Professional drivers: The first thing to know about rideshare services is that they use professional drivers who have passed rigorous background checks, as well as drug tests and driving records checks. They also have insurance coverage for their vehicles and passengers, so you don’t have to worry about getting into an accident with them or being held responsible for any damage that occurs during your trip.
  • GPS tracking: All rideshare vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking devices that let you see where your driver is at all times throughout the trip, so you can feel confident knowing you won’t get lost or stranded somewhere along the way! This feature also makes it easier for emergency responders if there’s ever an accident or other issue while using one of these services–they’ll be able to locate everyone involved quickly and easily thanks in part due this feature!

So there you have it – the above was all written by AI on ridesharing. We think it’s pretty cool for a first try. It may not win any awards, but it’s a solid start.

The hottest apps to help you make the most of your summer travels across the USA and globally.

With July 4th a near distant memory, heat waves on the horizon and summer travel returning we’ve collated a list of travel tips and tricks for this summer. Especially with the euro exchange rate, European travel has never been so accessible for Americans as well. But whether you are going for a weekend a way or a global grand vacation, these travel tips will help make your experience less stressful and more enjoyable.

Packing

So let’s start with a very popular app that should be part of everyone’s packing routine. PackPoint (iOS and Android) quite simply helps you pack better. So unless you’re an ace packer with a gold medal in packing we definitely recommend it.

Lounges

There’s one must have app when it comes to airport lounges and that’s Loungebuddy. Available for iOS, it takes the pain out of finding lounges you are entitled to as well as free lounges.

Jet Lag

Next up – that awful jet lag which can sometimes ruin far too many days of an already short holiday. Timeshifter (iOS and Android) helps you deal with jet lag and as they say on their site “Travel is part of your life. Jet lag doesn’t need to be.” It helps you plan in advance, adjust habits and advises when you should exposure yourself to bright light, when to keep it dark and so on. Developed by scientists and called a ‘game-changer’ by many travelers.

Holiday Extras

For planning and preparation, there’s a great app called HEHA! It helps with airport transfers, parking, lounges etc. The more you use the HEHA! feature, the better it gets at recommending products that you’ll actually need and want, saving you even more time when your next trip comes around!

More Experiences

Airbnb is not only great for accommodation but for experiences and activities it has a huge list of options. So wherever you are traveling to, consult the Airbnb app for local experiences – from cooking to hot air ballooning, local tours etc it helps you plan everything in advance for a truly unique holiday experience.

Withlocals is another great app. Withlocals connects travelers with trusted locals to help find the very best things to do and places to eat, visit and so on. You can also use the live feature to share experiences with friends and family.

If you want to go even further away from tourist spots and find those restaurants and other spots that only locals know about give LikeAlocal a try.

Speak Local

Translation services have improved significantly over the last few years and Google Translate is a great app to have in your pocket. The app even has a camera feature which is very useful for sign posts, shopping or reading a menu. Available in over 38 languages.

Taxis and Rideshares

Of course we couldn’t give you tips without mentioning the Obi App. This platform was built specifically for travelers – whether going to airports or just out for the night to a restaurant. Obi shows you all the rides (black cars, taxis, ride hails) available on one platform so you can always get the cheapest or quickest pick up. It will help show you alternative providers too. Obi can’t lower prices with a magic wand, but we can always ensure you pay the absolute minimum. Especially on airport rides, you can save a small fortune by comparison shopping.

Cheap Accommodation

Couchsurfing (iOS and Android) is a low cost alternative for budget accommodation as well as a way to meet locals. It lets you connect with locals who have space in their home for travelers to stay for free. If you don’t want to stay with a local you can use the Hangouts feature where you can meet other travelers in local cafes and bars etc.

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