How did people plan trips before the internet? Even with the internet, it can be a struggle. Today I thought I would tell you about my method for travel planning and 6 travel websites that you need to know. These are a handful of websites that I cross reference to select hotels, flights, transportation, restaurants, and activities.
TripAdvisor – I always start here. TripAdvisor has information on what to do and where to stay, and it helps me choose my travel destinations. When it is time to select a hotel I always search here first, check out the photos, and read traveler reviews. Once I know where I want to stay I shop around for the best price.
US State Department – Before I even book an international flight I will check the state department website to see if I will need a visa and I check for travel alerts.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – This is the site to check if you need any specific shots before you travel. You can also find detailed maps and information which parts of the world have zika.
Skyscanner – This is my favorite site for booking flights. I especially like the “Search Everywhere” option. You just put in your departure city and the month you want to travel and it will give you options organized by price. It’s a perfect way to find deals and new destinations.
Rome2Rio – This is the best resource for learning transportation options. In countries without a booming tourism industry, it can be difficult to find bus and train schedules. Rome2Rio maps out different options for traveling between cities and connects you to the appropriate bus and train companies. They have a mobile app too!
Agoda – I have found lower prices for hotels through this website. I first discovered the site last Spring and have been using it ever since!
Bonus: Once I figure out the logistics, I turn to personal blogs to help me pull everything together and plan a detailed itinerary. You can read about where they stayed, what they did, and where they ate. Often bloggers include key information on transportation and other logistics. Plus, since they are written by and individual you can always leave a comment on a blog post or send an email to ask them questions. I answer travel questions from my readers all the time. Here are some of my go-to travel blogs:
- Aspiring Kennedy – Lauren lives in London with her darling family and travels all over Europe. She provides really detailed itineraries. I have been a loyal reader for years!
- What Doesn’t Suck – This expat blog written by a French/American couple living in Dubai is just so much fun. They have been to a whopping 75 countries and their blog posts have enough detail to practically plan your trip for you.
- The Everygirl – I love their travel guides, they have them for most major US cities.
Do you have any travel resources that you love? Please share them in the comments! Before my sister reads this and laughs, I should give Kelly credit for planning our joint trips. I only plan the trips I take without her!
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