Being married to a guy that loves to plan trips and research every aspect for flights, hotels, and best spots, I’ve learned a thing or two about the best websites to help you plan a trip.
There are so many sites out there to shuffle through when you’re planning a trip, and if I’m being honest it’s quite overwhelming. When planning, there's a lot to consider like budget, schedule, things to do, and location. I’ve put together our favorite websites to help you plan a trip. Happy planning!
Before you can book any accomodations you need to figure out the flight situation. There are so many different ways you can do this, whether you have specific dates and a destination or have flexible dates and no destination in mind.
Google Flights is great when you don't have a destination in mind or to check out different airlines and route options. It’s also a great tool for when you want a spontaneous weekend getaway; just plug in your dates then see what cheapest flight destinations pop up. Once you figure out the ideal airline and route, you can book with the relevant airline.
Kayak is another great platform because it offers hotel, flight and rental car information. All airlines are aggregated into Kayak so you can see all of the results for your travel dates and destinations. You can also set it up to alert you if your itinerary price changes (either up or down). You can also book directly through Kayak.
Before we go anywhere we soak up as much information as we can through friend recommendations, online research, etc.
Trip Advisor is a great platform to read reviews on hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. It’s important to read through the reviews and photos carefully because you get the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to reviewers. For example, you’ll see only 2 stars from someone because “there was too much sand at the beach” so you’ll have to use your own judgement for those.
Will Journey is a newly launched site to discover travel itineraries for photographers, foodies, beach bums and adventurers. They just launched their first super detailed itinerary of Alaska. I’d imagine as they grow they will be launching more and more travel destinations to help with an itinerary.
Sometimes we like hotels and sometimes we prefer an apartment or house, it all depends on the length of our trip. but hey, there's an app for that ;-)
Airbnb is great because you can stay at an apartment or house, instead of a hotel. A few tips when looking for an Airbnb is to check out what the previous reviewers said, check on the location, amenities, etc. There is also a few other similar websites like this: VRBO and Home Away.
Hotel Tonight is great for those last minute hotel bookers (i.e. same day booking). You can book a hotel room up to seven says in advance, however the most saving is on the same day booking because the hotel would rather fill the room at a discounted rate then no one at all.
What are some of your favorite travel sites when booking a trip? I’d love to know in the comments below.