The Best Travel Planning Resources

Gearing up for a vacation is the best! But to make the most of your time in a new place, it’s important to do your research and have some kind of plan of action for your travels. It can certainly be a time consuming process(depending on the level of detail you want to plan your trips in), but is well worth it.

I’ve rounded up some of the best travel planning resources below. Whether you have a trip in he works or are just exploring some options (anyone else in a constant state of wanderlust?!), they’re great to use. Happy travel planning!

Ready for a vacation but not sure where to begin with planning? Check out these helpful resources!

Hopper

The Hopper app is a must-have when it comes to finding the best deals on your flights, whether your travel dates are set or you’re wanting to compare. The app lets you “watch” flight paths for specified dates and notifies you whether you should book your flight or wait because a price drop is likely. It’s saved me quite a bit of money!

TripAdvisor

I can say with confidence that TripAdvisor is the top resource I use when planning travel, both before and during. It’s a great site/app to find things to do, hotels, restaurants, and more whether you’re researching potential destinations or have your destination secured. Being able to read reviews of others that have experienced the places or things really helps!

Travel Blogs

There’s a wealth of information on blogs when it comes to travel. If you’re looking for a specific destination you can type in city name + “travel blog” into a search engine (including Pinterest) and find detailed information on a place. You can also check out the “Travel” section of this site for my posts on U.S. and Europe travel!

Rome2Rio

Rome2Rio is incredibly helpful for a multi-destination trip. The site provides you with transportation options, schedules, and pricing to get from Point A to B. I’ve spent so much time using this tool for planning travel between cities and countries in Europe!

XE Currency

Knowing what the exchange rate is if you’re traveling out of country is super important. XE Currency lets you keep an eye on the rates so you know when to swap your money out for foreign cash and also keeps you in the loop so you know how much your money is worth in other countries.

PackPoint

The last step in the travel planning process is packing. PackPoint helps simplify the stress of packing by offering packing suggestions based on your destination + dates, taking the weather into consideration. If you tend to have that “I’m forgetting something” feeling when packing, you’ll love this app!

 

Have you used any of these? What are your favorite travel planning resources?

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  • Aisha Sylvester

    These are all great resources, TripAdvisor is my #1 go to for researching destinations in advance but I’m just getting into Hopper and I love it so far! Thanks for sharing!

  • Will have to remember these when I plan my next trip…which is much needed!!

    • I believe it! Hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for one :)

  • Coffee Au Chocolat

    I usually go for TripAdvisor. But this list has given me different options. Thanks!

    • I hope you find these other ones helpful – they’re just as great!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Trip advisor is awesome!! Never heard of the others! Great resources!

    • Thanks, Ruthie! You should definitely give them a try when planning your next trip – they’re super helpful!

  • Jennifer Neill

    Thank you so much for this input. This will definitely come in handy when I am wanting to take my first trip over seas or possibly future job goals!

    -Jennifer (https://jennifersvisualdesign.com/)

    • So fun! Where are you thinking your first trip will be to?

  • Jessica

    I always use fellow travel bloggers tips when I plan trips! Thank you for all of these great tips too!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Thanks for reading, Jessica! Any favorite blogs for trip research? I love discovering new ones!

  • Did not know about Rome2Rio or PackPoint, so will definitely be checking those out before I go on my next trip!

  • Abbey Phipps

    The only one I had heard of was TripAdvisor, and I second that it’s amazing! I’ll definitely have to check out those others next time we travel! :)

    • They’re all great! I hope you find them as helpful as I do!

  • Such wonderful tips! Thank you so much for putting this together!

  • Great tips! My sister and I are planning trips to get out more and these help!

    • So glad to hear it! What destinations are on your radar?

  • Great resources! I travel a lot (mostly road trips) and I love to use Roadtrippers. It’s not on your list, but I use it to plan my road trips and find area attractions, restaurants, and hotels along my route. I’ve also used it just to find local area attractions as well.
    =) Bridget | http://nuttyhiker.com

    • Thanks, Bridget! That sounds like a great resource. I haven’t done much roadtripping lately, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind if/when one pops up!

  • I don’t know what I’d do without travel blogs! They’re my favorite way to research upcoming trips!

    • Same! You can’t beat the level of detail and help they bring to researching + planning!

  • I have never heard of Hopper! And I am so glad you wrote about it! I need flights for next year and this is awesome

    • Oh girl, it’s life changing! I hope you’re able to save some good money with it!

  • I will definitely check out Packpoint next time I am planning a trip!

  • Ayanna

    Great list! I love using Traveladvisor, but always forget to check travel blogs. I’ve never heard of Packpoint, but will definitely check it out because packing for a trip is my least favorite thing. I either pack too much or not the right things.

    • Packing can definitely be tough. This has helped me simplify + not forget things! Travel blogs are really the best for planning too!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I really like using TripAdvisor too. It really helps when choosing restaurants. I have never heard of Pack Point. I can’t tell you how many times I needed input when trying to pack for a trip. That sounds perfect!

    Elizabeth Ann // http://www.lovedoinglife.com

    • I use TA a lot for restaurants too :) I hope you find PackPoint helpful for your next trip!

  • Susan McNulty

    Love these resources! I use Trip Advisor and Pinterest religiously as my first step in planning any vacation. I recently discovered Rome2Rio and it was also a game changer. I’ve never heard of Packpoint, but I’m going to have to use it for our next trip!

  • Esther

    Thanks for the resources! I also love using the citymaps2go app for downloading local maps for the cities I explore.

    • Great idea! Having local maps handy is super helpful!

  • These are fantastic resources! Thanks for sharing!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  • Seeing that I travel a lot these are going to be so helpful!! I’ve only used TripAdvisor. I have been researching travel blog on pinterest. I have an upcoming trip to Banff and found so many great blog posts about things to do there.

    • How exciting! Banff is on my list of places to visit! I hope you find these resources helpful in planning your big trip!

  • I love TripAdvisor but I have never used any of these other ones. Definitely need to check them out since we’re going to be traveling a lot in 2017.

    • Yay for lots of travels! What destinations do you have lined up?

  • I love hopper! I always use it as a quick monitor, but lately i’ve been getting into google flights! I’ve used trip advisor too, but none of the others! I have some research to do!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Me too – it’s great! Do you have a specific destination in mind for the next big trip?

  • So many useful tips, thank you! I’ll be checking all the sites right away to start planning for my next trip :-)

  • Mimi Rose

    Great resources! I definitely look to other blogs when I’m planing a trip – we’ve become the modern-day travel agents I feel. I’ve heard of Hopper but haven’t really explored it fully yet, I’ll have to check it out more.

    • I couldn’t agree more! Hopper is so great for determining whether to buy or wait on flights. I hope you find it as helpful as I do!

  • Love this! I am totally checking out Packpoint – what a great idea!

    • Thanks, Carrie! I hope it’s helpful for your planning!

  • Courtney Patterson

    I love TripAdvisor. I use it most but am eager to look at some of these other options. Great list!

    • Same! I hope you find the other resources helpful as well!

  • Nicole D’Amato

    I have never heard of the Hoper app! I am planning a trip to Colorado and an international trip for our (late) honeymoon so I’ll have to check out all of these sites :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Hopper is such a great resource! Where are you traveling to internationally? So excited for you + your upcoming trips!

  • Divine Mwimba

    I love these tips. I love to travel. When I went to France last year, I used ROME2RIO!

    • Same! Do you have any destinations on your radar next?

  • Some of my faves! I always go for travel blogs when doing m research these days… Usually find the most honest reviews and off the beaten track experiences :)

    • Same! It’s hard to imagine a time before travel blogs :)

  • I love TripAdvisor! And there are lots of great travel blogs I follow too :)

    • Same! What are some of your fave travel blogs? I’m always looking for more to follow too!

  • For UK travellers, I recommend websites such as Split Your Ticket where you can see if you can get cheaper train tickets by breaking the journey into seperate tickets. I like TripAdvisor too, but travel blogs are definitely a must :)

    • What a great idea! It’s crazy to me that you can save money by booking separately and not a RT ticket!

  • I’m planning two trips next year and this is MAJORLY helpful! Thank you so much!!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  • Downloading the hopper app now! Had no clue that was out there! :)

    • Yay! It’s an awesome resource! Hope you can book a trip soon with its help :)

  • I love trip advisor but I’ve never tried Hopper before. Going to check it out now since I have a flight I need to book soon!

    • I hope you find it helpful + can snag a good deal!

  • I always love comparing travel prices. Thanks for informing me about Hopper. Going to add this one on the list!!

    • So glad to hear you found a new resource! Hope you love it as much as I do!

  • I love Skyscanner!! I also use ITA travel a lot too!!

    • Those are both great ones too! Thanks for sharing, Sara!

  • These are awesome resources! I love using TripAdvisor to plan out itineraries and find fun things to do on vacation. I’m also hopeful that someday I’ll have a reason to use Rome2Rio — I’m dreaming of a multi-city Europe trip!

    • Thanks, Brittany! I hope you’re able to plan a multi-city Europe trip soon too :) Which cities would be at the top of your list?

  • Jenine Isa

    I use Tripadvisor and Hopper regularly. I’ll have to check out Packpoint, though.

    • I hope you like it! It’s been incredibly helpful for me!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I’ve never heard of a few of these, and they look totally awesome. TripAdvisor is great. I also love love love blogging about travel, and reading your blog posts :)

    • Thank you so much, Kelsie!! You’ll have to try some of these out on your next adventure! Any plans for a babymoon?

  • Vincent Carabeo

    Seriously thanks for sharing this! Traveling to Asia so I definitely need to be smart about how I travel.

    • Of course! Where in Asia are you traveling to? So exciting!

      • Vincent Carabeo

        I’m going to Thailand > Cambodia > Philippines > Vietnam > Thailand > Bali and I don’t know where else. Crossing my fingers I can do as much as possible.

  • Great resource list! XE Currency sounds like one I could use!

  • Hopper is a new one to me. I need to check it out. Thanks for all the great ideas!
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • It’s a great one! Hope you find it helpful too, Erin!

  • I think you were the one to tell me about Hopper and I’ve used it a few times! Love that suggestion!

    • Yay! So glad to hear you’ve found it helpful :)

  • XE currency is a useful tool. When I first got here, it was 6.3 RMB to a dollar, and the other day it was 6.8 RMB to a dollar. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when converting large sums, it can really make a difference.

    Agree with you on the travel blogs. I like to see what everyone does and read about their opinions on what was worth the time and money!

    • So true! I’ve found it to be the same with the Euro and Pound! It doesn’t seem like much looking at $1 but it can be crazy with larger amounts!