When was the last time you went somewhere you’ve never been before?
During the winter, we go places we’ve been to a million times – grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. In-laws place for Christmas. Best friend’s for New Years.
Spring is different. It’s finally warm out. You feel like you want to do more, see more and explore more. So where do you start?
Chances are you’ll head right to your laptop – but from there, where do you go? Here is a list of some of the most useful travel websites to plan your springtime adventure.
Comparing prices is the key to getting a good travel deal. Instead of manually doing it yourself, use an online comparison site like Airfare Watchdog. What this site does is take other comparison sites (like Expedia and Orbitz) and compare them against each other – sorta like inception comparing. Then you can book a flight right then and there. You can also sign up to get low fare alerts emailed to you.
Bing Travel (bing.com/travel)
If you’re not sure if you’re ready to buy yet, check out Bing Travel. It’ll find fares for you, and let you know if it’s smarter to wait (if it thinks fares will drop), or will let you know that now is the time to pull the trigger to ensure you get the best price.
This site pretty much does it all when it comes to finding accommodations – and we’re not just talking hotels. We’re talking B-and-B’s, campgrounds, hostels, farmhouses, rentals – you name it. If you’re looking for more than just a hotel, this is your site (and if you’re looking for just a hotel, this site has you covered there, too).
Once you’ve booked flights and hotels, confirmation emails can get lost in the fray of your inbox. Use TripIt! to compile all your emails into an itinerary you can get on your phone. Even better? You can share your travel plans with your friends and family so you can make them part of your trip (and maybe make them a little jealous, too).
Reviews are your best friend when booking a trip. It tells you the things a company’s website won’t. On TripAdvisor, you can read reviews from amateurs and actual professional reviewers. You can put in your travel destination and read everything from restaurant reviews to hotel accommodations to airlines. Check out what looks good, and avoid booking plans at a less-than-stellar establishment.
These are just a few of literally hundreds of resources out there for travelers. They’re all super-easy to use, and totally free. All you have to do is decide where you’re going next.