Travel News: Last-Minute Labor Day Deals, Safety Apps for Solo Travelers, and Halloween Fun Starts in September

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There’s a great big world out there, and our latest “news you can use” may inspire a trip you never knew you needed.

From exceptional savings for the closing weekend of the summer (New York to West Palm Beach for under $300, anyone?) to important steps every solo traveler must take to ensure peace of mind to the kickoff of spooky fall fun at Universal (yes, it’s almost that time of year again), this week’s latest travel news is all about making the most of the waning days of summer 2018.

LAST-MINUTE LABOR DAY DEALS

So you think we’re already past the best day to buy airline tickets for Labor Day weekend getaways? Think again. With Labor Day flights at their lowest price point in about four years, our friends at Skyscanner have been busier than every digging into super-low airfares, delivering tons of great deals under $300:

  • Miami to Nassau, New York City, or San Francisco
  • New York to Toronto, West Palm Beach, or Portland, Maine
  • Los Angeles to Austin, Chicago, or Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago to Boston or San Diego
  • Houston to Denver or Los Angeles

Skyscanner offers a complete list of exceptional Labor Day Deals worth checking out asap.

SAFETY APPS FOR SOLO TRAVELERS

While we feel strongly that travel is accessible to everyone, and we’d be the last to tell you that traveling is “unsafe,” we’re also proponents of being prepared for all possibilities while on the road. When it comes to solo travel, that preparation can be all the more vital. With that in mind, we were psyched to learn about a few apps that can easily help solo travelers stay in control on their next adventure:

Download Burner to obtain a “dedicated travel phone number,” so when you make new friends on the road, you’re not sharing your permanent mobile number. If you decide that your dedicated travel number has fallen into the wrong hands, you can just “burn” it and get a new one.

Companion will connect your friend and family into virtual body guards by allowing them to view a live map of your trip and receive updates on your safety status.

Noonlight is super-simple: You push a button when you feel unsafe, then the app gives you a few seconds to enter a 4-digit PIN that means “I’m ok.” If the PIN is not entred, Noonlight sends a message to local authorities telling them where you are and that you need their help.

TripWhistle will give you the local emergency phone number anywhere you happen to be in the world. Think of it as the 411 on 911s.

HALLOWEEN FUN STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

We know, you want to enjoy the rest of your summer without thinking about stocking up on trick-or-treat candy or fabulous costumes. But tickets just went on sale for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, including an R.I.P. tour featuring a guide, trolley access, buffet dinner, and Unlimited Universal Express Privileges. The festivities open on September 14 and run on select nights through November 3. Now, resume your summer fun:)

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