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5 Tools to Get the Best, Cheapest Vacations

Okay! You’ve done it! You’ve booked a flight and a hotel. You’re ready for your trip!

But how do you make the most of the precious few days you have in your awesome destination? These resources will ensure you’re only hitting the best your destination has to see.

I find that good planning can make or break a vacation or trip. Knowing what you want to see, the best time to see it, and confirming it’s worth it is important.

Ever heard all about a certain landmark and showed up to find it was peak hours and crowded with tourists, or that it was in fact closed or under construction?

Here are some tools you can use to avoid those problems:

1. TripAdvisor

This is a GREAT tool for travelers. It allows you to read reviews from other people about your destination. Search for the hotels you’re looking at: which ones have the best breakfast? The fluffiest beds? Who provides free shuttle services?

A bit of research on TripAdvisor can go a long way.

 

2. Youtube

This seems obvious, right? WRONG.

Do you know how hard it is to find a travel blogger’s post about your destination in a google search? It’s hard.

Try going to Youtube; there are tons of travel vloggers now, so doing some quick searches of the places you’d like to see on Youtube will provide you with a plethora of reviews, tips, and general sightseeing footage.

Here’s some of my favorite travel blogger channels:

Damon and Jo

These two are hysterical and give down-to-earth tips about different locations and how to travel on a budget.

Erik Conover 

This guy is super chill and manages to capture stunning videos.

3. Foursquare/Swarm

The app foursquare is now something of a hidden gem. As you travel, check in to your location on the app, and you’ll get suggestions of places to go nearby. You can only check in to a location if your GPS has you there, so unlike Yelp, you’ll know that the reviews you’re reading are from people who actually visited that spot.

I like this one; as it’ll pop up with great food places nearby when I check into my hotel; or it’ll give me tips of where to get the best wifi in the airport. It’s a great tool to have while traveling.

4. RoadTrippers

This service can SAVE you during a roadtrip. It’ll predict gas money for you, and it can give you awesome places to stop on the way, cheap hotels, traffic warnings and just about anything you could need.

5. Skyscanner

If you’re looking for budget travel, this is the place to be. They scan other airline sites and find the cheapest deals. What I love about them is that you can enter ‘flexible’ dates and locations, and it’ll just find the cheapest times/places to fly.

It’s really a killer service.

 

What apps or sites do you use to travel? Let me know in the comments below!

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