Avoid Labor Day Traffic Like a Pro

(Photos courtesy of Shutterstock)

Thinking about squeezing in a Labor Day weekend road trip? It's nice to end the summer with a relaxing vacation before the kids head back to school, however, Labor Day weekend is known for its horrendous highway traffic. But don't fret—we've got you covered! Here's a list of ways you can avoid the headache and hassle of Labor Day travel.

1. Choose a less popular area. Lots of people will be visiting the popular summer spots. But you can have just as much fun somewhere else, with less of a crowd. Make sure to book your hotel on Tingo, and if the price of your reservation goes down, you'll automatically be refunded the difference.

2. Prepare your vehicle. Before you leave for your trip, inspect your vehicle and take care of any necessary maintenance. Make sure you leave with a full tank of gas and a car emergency kit, just in case something happens along the way.


Read more...

9 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

(Photos courtesy of Shutterstock)

The expensive summer travel season is almost here! Whether you're going on an international voyage or a weekend road trip, it's important to keep your trip stress-free and your budget intact. We have some tips to help you save money on your vacation.

  1. Sign up for airfare alerts. Sites like Airfarewatchdog will notify you of dirt-cheap fares so you don't have to go looking for them yourself. Airfarewatchdog employs a team of experts that scour the web for the best fares, and they're notorious for uncovering "hidden" sales that aren't advertised. Unlike most fare-alert services, the site includes fares from Southwest and Allegiant.
  2. Choose a smaller airport. You can often find a better airfare deal if you fly out of a regional airport instead of a major international one.
  3. Pack a carry-on bag instead. Baggage fees have gotten outrageous. Instead of paying the fee to check a bag, pack lightly and cram everything into a carry-on bag. You'll save money and you'll save time at the airport.

Read more...

Buckle Up: The Best Summer Road Trips

(Photos courtesy of Shutterstock)

Summer is fast approaching! The warmer months are the perfect time to load up the car and take a road trip. Spending a week or two traveling from place to place is a great way to see the wonderful things the world has to offer while spending quality time with the friends or family members you bring along. Thankfully, we came up with a few suggestions to help you plan your summer vacation.

New England Coast

New England is home to many beautiful beaches and numerous tourist attractions. Some key stops to make are Salem, MA, where you can learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum; Hampton Beach, NH, where you can stop for a day in the sun; and Acadia National Park, ME, America's second most popular national park.


Read more...

We Found Sand-Free Beach Towels!

(Photos courtesy of REI and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

We found a great beach product, just in time for summer! CGear's Sand-Free Beach Mat will help you leave the sand at the beachwhere it belongs. Its patented fabric filters out sand and other particles, ensuring that you will not take a sandy beach accessory home with you. And you won't have to shake out your towel, risking sand in your eyes. It features UV protection and also comes with a drawstring carry bag. A matching Sand-Free Tote Bag is also available, so you can hit the beach in style and with the latest technology.


Read more...

Summer Travel Stress? There's an App for That!

(Photos courtesy of Flickr member MTAPhotos and Apple)

We're sure anyone who owns a smartphone can say an app has come to the rescue at one time or another. Whether they've been used to pay a credit card bill on time, find a gas station, or double as a flashlight, apps have revolutionized the way we use (and rely on) our phones—and travel apps are no exception. This summer, check out these travel apps that will come in handy on any getaway:

  • iPatrol Travel Advice: Travel with peace of mind with this trusty app. iPatrol catalogues the most visited destinations and offers safety tips for visitors unfamiliar with the area. Whether you're traveling to Times Square or the Eiffel Tower, this app will keep you and your family feeling safe and secure.
  • ipatrol1.png ipatrol2.png ipatrol3.png


Read more...

The Hottest Gadgets for Summer Travel

(Photos courtesy of Sensu, iBattz, Amazon, and Divoom)

The summer travel season is literally right around the corner. Here at Tingo, we've been busy researching the latest travel technology trends. Without further ado, here are the 12 hottest gadgets that need to make it into your suitcase this summer.

PowerSkin PoP'n, $79.99*

powerskin pop'n - copy.jpg

(Photo: XPAL Power)

There is nothing worse than being on the go and receiving that dreaded "10% battery remaining" message. The PowerSkin PoP'n prevents that from happening. This sleek, lightweight external battery sticks onto the case you already have on your phone. The device is made for Apple phones, but it can connect to other phones via USB. It can charge your device anywhere, and you can keep the cute stylish case you already own.


Read more...