6 Sites and Apps to Save Your Summer Travels

Rates range between $15 and $35 per day on average. If you're a dog lover willing to open your home to other canines, you can make extra money by registering as a host for a dog whose family needs a sitter. Hosts post their own rates, and can distinguish the kinds of dogs they're looking to house and look after.

HotelTonight (app)
We've written about HotelTonight a few times, but it's still worth mentioning, if for no other reason than it offers what we consider to be the easiest to use app for booking a last-minute (read: same day, afternoon) hotel room.

Worth noting: In the case of a major weather event, like a hurricane, that cancels thousands of flights, you may not find what you need on HotelTonight because the hotels themselves may not have rooms to release. But it's worth a check, and HotelTonight is also a great option for an unexpected city stay, a road trip and other instances when planning ahead just isn't in the cards. Rooms, the company claims, are up to 70 percent off.

Waze (app)
Nothing can ruin a good old-fashioned family roadtrip like a traffic jam. The Waze navigation app has more than 30 million users and can simultaneously give you directions while monitoring traffic conditions as they're happening on the road.

Waze was acquired by Google on June 11.

All you have to do is drive with the app open, and Waze will gather all the information, such as traffic speed and detours. Users can even take a more active role and report traffic accidents and police checkpoints, and edit maps online.

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