8 Free Travel Sites and Apps for Planning Your Next Vacation
Even once you have a destination in mind, the logistics of figuring out how to plan your trip can be a little stressful, right? There’s a lot of grunt work in figuring out how to make everything happen. You’ve got to book your flights, figure out where to stay, determine if you need additional modes of transportation, and find cool sites to see and places to eat. On top of all of that are that pesky thoughts that pop up while planning: Am I getting the best deal? Should I be checking out something else? Luckily, there are many apps to help us with all of the above! We’ve compiled our favorites to help you research or plan your next trip.
This is a must-have app for getting the best flight deals. Basically, Hopper allows you to set alerts for destinations and will notify you when prices on flights change. You can pick specific travel dates or check out its heat mapped calendar view to find cheaper travel. Thanks to its prediction algorithm, Hopper will also tell you to “Wait” or “Buy Now” depending on how prices are likely to change in the near future.
RoadtrippersAs you probably guessed from the name, Roadtrippers is a great site (and app!) to use when planning out a road trip. The interface has a really visual focus, making destination-to-destination mapping super-easy. Plus, you can tell the map to pinpoint things like accommodations, attractions, points of interest, or vacation rentals, and it will map them along with your route. Pretty cool!
This website is a hidden gem with some great travel deals. The best way to use it is to set alerts on places you’re interested in traveling to. Then just sit back, relax, and review your daily email of travel deals based on your selected destinations. You’ll get a price point, along with details on how the flight was found, including the airline, search details, and dates available.
Now that you’ve got the cities you want to visit, head to Airbnb to find a place to stay. It’s a great option if you’re looking for something unique and don’t want to go the hotel route. You can also find unique things to do while you’re traveling in the Experiences section, where you can find classes, workshops, tours, hikes, and more!
This one is probably a given, but if you’ve never used Kayak, it’s a travel deal site where you can not only book flights but also find awesome car rentals and hotel deals. The big plus to it is that it’s connected to Booking.com and Priceline, so you really feel like you’re getting the best deal without having to shop around.
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