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1. Hotel Tonight - Last minute deals on Hotel Rooms
Whether you’re unexpectedly stuck out of town late, planning a last minute road trip, or just like to hold your cards for a last-minute bargain, mobile app Hotel Tonight is the best way to find a DINK-friendly place for the two of you to lay your head for the night at a great value. Hotel Tonight has relationships with great hotels to offer users last-minute deals on their unsold rooms, with discounts up to 70%.
Booking that overnighter in Napa at 4p on a Friday is now a no-brainer. Open the Hotel Tonight app on your smartphone and you’ll immediately get a select handful of independent and/or boutique hotels to choose from near your current location, or select from among their 30+ available markets. Today I’m seeing the “Luxe” Napa River Inn for only $169, that’s 30% off…very nice. Only 3 quick clicks and I’ve got the perfect room for two tonight, and an early start on a day of vino tomorrow!
You can download the iOS app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from the App Store or, download the Android app from Google Play. Check-out HotelTonight.com for more info.
2. RAVN (pronounced Raven) - Real Time Local Events
Looking for a new idea for date night - otherwise known as ‘any night’ for us DINKs? RAVN is the fastest and easiest way to find and share the coolest events going on in your city. Check out their list of popular events each week or see what’s going on near you in real time through their live photo stream! Register with Facebook and get personal recos based on what you and your friends like.
You can customize what you see, so you never have to worry about seeing an alert for the local Puppet theatre (unless you’re into that kind of thing). See if RAVN is available in your city at Ravn.com.
3. Airbnb - Find a place to stay that is much cooler than the typical hotel
If you’re like us, you like to get the local experience when you travel. What better way to do that but stay in a local’s home while they’re away? Airbnb is a community marketplace for unique spaces, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay.
Airbnb is not just for last-minute bookings, but it’s a great resource to find some place great on the fly. Search for a place the day before or even the same day to connect with a host and find a cool pad, and turn your typical hotel stay into a unique experience. Also, renters can build real connections with their hosts, gain access to distinctive spaces, and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. Whether it's an urban apartment or countryside castle, Airbnb makes it effortless to find the right space at any price point, anywhere.
Visit airbnb.com to sign-up.
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