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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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.
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?