Chrome extensions that help you travel with less fuss and more fun.
Whether you’re traveling for business, leisure, or something in between, finding the best travel deals, booking tickets, and tracking your itinerary are all tasks that you can do online, but organizing a trip can still feel like a hassle. We’ve already covered the best iPhone travel apps, and now here’s a list of helpful Chrome travel extensions that will help you find the best prices, organize your travel details and even get to grips with your destination’s local language.
TripTrace is a research tool that allows you to organize all your travel details into one place. You can use the extension to keep a record of where you’ve been, or to start planning and budgeting for where you want to go.
Simply enter details of where you’re staying, places you want to visit, contacts you know at your destination etc., and TripTrace will put everything in one map. You can also choose to integrate your checkins with FourSquare or Facebook Places so you can add your checkin locations to the map. TripTrace is also available as an iPhone app called “Mapomatic”, and you can sync details between your desktop browser and cell phone.
Whether you want to find the destinations with the best deals, or plan a trip to a certain location, this extension saves you looking through different travel websites, and instead lets you search using one five-tab pop-up box. Using Travel Deals Advanced Search, you can also find city guides, and information about local activities and packages.
Invisible Hand is a price comparison service that recently introduced flights, hotels and car hire. Whenever you make travel-related searches, Invisible Hand will notify you if the same flight, hotel or car hire is available for cheaper elsewhere online, and provide you with a link to the relevant page.
The service supports over 600 retailers in the US, UK and Germany, and all deals appear in real time.
Boomerang is a Chrome extension for Gmail that enables you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. If you’re supposed to be working during your trip, Boomerang can help you prepare in advance by sending pre-written and scheduled emails at a certain time, even if you’re not online.
You can also use the service to keep track of your flight details and travel plans by scheduling confirmation emails to appear in your inbox on the day of travel. In a world that mostly communicates via email, Boomerang is an invaluable organization tool for travelers.
Language Immersion for Chrome gives you a taste of the local language at your destination before you go, and helps you brush up on your skills. The extension works by replacing certain words, phrases, or sentences on a web page with that of your chosen language. The number of words or phrases the extension replaces is customized according to your skill level, which you can edit as many times as you need. Clicking on the translated word or phrase will show you the English version, so you can also use the extension to broaden your vocabulary and gain a greater understanding of basic grammar.