Why: After traveling the world for five years, Morris founded Hitlist, an app that susses out the least expensive trip with the best route possible. Her goal? To help future travelers avoid the travel hiccups she encountered, like getting stranded in isolated locations.

Before launching Hitlist (an app that alerts you when there are cheap flights to the places you want to go) Gillian Morris was a security analyst and journalist working in the Middle East and Central Asia. To get started on her travel app idea, she began learning to code then participated in a Lean Startup workshop (followed by a Startup Weekend to really kickstart her business planning). Gillian knew she was really serious about pursuing her idea when she emailed all of her technical connections with an offer to fly them to Istanbul (where she lived at the time) in exchange for helping her build a prototype.

Hitlist is an iOS app that was released to the public about a year ago. You tell the app where you want to go and it gives you the optimal time to travel with fare alerts. It's grown very popular really quickly in the past year.

One of the best things about owning an iPhone is that you get a lot of the newest apps first before they arrive on Android. It may not be fair, but it's a great perk for iPhone users. You can enjoy the best travel apps, exclusives from Instagram and Adobe, and powerful photo apps.


Apps to use while traveling

No need to search for flight deals on a zillion different websites anymore. Hitlist will find you the best deals on flights based around flexible dates. Make your honeymoon, business trip or upcoming vacation planning process easier and budget-friendly by securing the best airfare prices to your dream destinations. Or, use the deals to dictate your destination–search the app for the best deals and book your next trip based on cost efficiency.

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