Site likes The Flight Deal & Secret Flying have helped dispel the idea that international travel has to break the bank. Daily, they’re posting these amazing fares around the world that are too good to pass up. Thanks to The Flight Deal, I was able to snag a $375 RT ticket to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil for this coming November. But when you see a flight you like, you may want to snatch it up sooner than later because you never know when the airlines may take the deal off the table.
2) Google Flights & Kayak Explore
These are two of my favorite airfare search engines because of the fare map feature each site offers. If you pop in your starting point, your desired travel dates, and click explore map, each site will reveal a map that displays the cost to fly round trip to countless cities and countries. This is a great tool when you don’t have a destination in mind, but you have a budget you don’t want to exceed.
3) Airbnb & Hostels.com
Because I don’t mind venturing off the beaten path when it comes to my accommodations, Airbnb & Hostels.com are two of my go-to booking sites. Airbnb is a site that allows homeowners to list and rent out their homes in their entirety or spare rooms they have available. I believe staying in someone’s homes leads to a more authentic experience when traveling. Whenever I have a travel destination in mind, I always check out Airbnb and come across from amazing homes.
Now I’m sure that word “hostel” gave some of you pause but I assure they’re all not seedy, dirty, holes in the wall where shady characters hang out. I felt this way too until I stayed in a hostel in Oslo. They tend to be very affordable, and if you choose the right one, you don’t have to skimp on the amenities you typically enjoy. I love Hostels.com for the user reviews, rating percentages, pictures and ease of booking.
4) Rome2Rio (website and app)
Rome2Rio is a website and app (for iPhones) that will help you get from Point A to Point B. It considers all modes of transportation and provides estimates of how much each will cost.
*TIP* Don’t be afraid to use ground transportation; it’s an excellent way to see more, and it’s often cheaper than airfare.
5) US News Travel
My favorite feature of US News’ travel section are the travel guides. When I have a destination in mind, I love to reference this section to see when the best time to visit is. It tells you the average temperatures for each month, the high and low seasons, and lets you know what major events are taking place. Also, it provides you with hotel recommendations, suggestions on things you can do and an overview of the different modes of transportation you can use to get around town.
These are my go-to resources, but I’m always looking for recommendations on new sites and apps to try. What are some of your favorite travel planning tools? Drop me a comment and let me know!